Wind Edition

16 November 2023

The Hague, Netherlands

The networking event and top conference on the future of the offshore wind market.

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Offshore Industry.

We are counting down until we can welcome you to Offshore Industry 2023: Wind edition! Together we share knowledge and make new connections









The future of Offshore Netherlands, Germany and Belgium

The wind sector is in a state of constant change. For the first time new projects are being delayed and withdrawn by operators reporting lack of profit, while at the same time the Dutch government withheld subsidy due to high profits during the energy crisis. During this maelstrom of investment, China threatens to take over Europe’s leadership position in the global wind market, recently putting the world’s largest offshore windmill in operation.

There are more and more challenges with grid capacity, need for new offshore infrastructure, labour shortages in the sector, and looming climate goalsl. Wind is up against what could be the largest challenge of its lifetime. Exactly the moment to get together to discuss what needs to be done and how we can achieve it. Be part of the solution and join the conversation at Offshore Industry: Wind edition!

Themes of Offshore Industry 2023: Wind edition

Grid capacity: infrastructure bottleneck to transition?
Engineers of the future
Rise of China: Europe's battle for leadership in wind
Floating wind as precision tool in energy transition
Steel boneyards: recycling the old generation of windmills
Diversifying portfolio and investing in wind as non-operators


Michal Meidan

Head of China Energy Research (OIES)
University of Oxford

Ruben Dijkstra

Director Benelux

Jan Willem Hoogstraten


Marco Kuijpers

Director Large Projects Offshore

Albert Kassies

Director New Energy
Tata Steel

Jonathan Bull

Global Director Offshore Wind Renewables

Carol Yan

Head of Energy Transition & Renewables EMEA

Programme 2023

The schedule for Offshore Industry: Wind edition

11.00 Reception & Registration

The sector is in turmoil, with some operators scrapping projects, while others  increase investment. At the same time, technology and policy keeps evolving, and market shares shift. Where does Europe stand with offshore wind, and what are our prospects for the coming years? Listen to Ruben Dijkstra, Director Benelux, Ørsted for their view on the North Sea Offshore wind potential.

Wind power is not solely produced by dedicated farmers and operators, energy intensive firms are investing in green energy themselves! What can wind investments do for your business in terms of product value, energy costs, carbon reduction, branding, and ESG? Learn from companies that are or have already invested in their own offshore wind farms!

Panel discussion with:

Albert Kassies, Director New Energy, Tata Steel
Carol Yan, Head of Energy Transition & Renewables EMEA, Amazon

13.00 Networking Lunch

Europe has long been the lead producer of both wind energy and wind assets. Now, the economic centre of gravity in the wind sector is shifting towards Asia. With the largest operating windmill, significant share in global wind electricity production, and an increasing role exporting wind assets to Europe, how should the continent respond to the rapidly growing Chinese wind sector?

Michal Meidan, Head of China Energy Research, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Europe is working hard to transition its energy system, but green energy sources by and large come in the form of electricity. The electric grid needs to upgrade capacity and find new solutions to facilitate larger inflows and outflows as well as issues of intermittency. Combine this with the need for new offshore networks, and the infrastructural actors in the electricity sector are up against quite a challenge! How does this affect the rollout of offshore wind? How does it affect your business’ energy bill? And what needs to be done to create a robust energy system that can handle the transition?

Find out in a panel discussion with crucial infrastructural figures:

Marco Kuijpers, Director Large Projects Offshore, TenneT

Jan Willem van Hoogstraten, CEO, EBN

15.15 Coffee Break

The first generations of windmills are being taken out of service after a life of energy production. Given the quantity of windmills currently being produced and more expected in the future, processing of decommissioned assets is becoming more important. What environmental costs do old windmills impose and how is will that be regulated? What value can be created by recycling blades and towers? What technologies are available to do so?

Hear it all in an elevating pitch by an up and coming windmill recycling firm:

Floating windmills are a relatively new technology in the energy market. Their mobility allows them to fulfill temporary roles, such as electrifying conventional energy platforms. What other roles can mobile windfarms play in the new energy system and what is their business model compared to traditional windfarms?

Find out with a presentation from a floating wind expert:

Jonathan Bull, Global Director Offshore Wind Renewables & UK Resident Director for Operations, Royal HaskoningDHV

Labour shortages in the renewable energy sector are universal among transitioning European economies. Given the need to scale production, infrastructure and demand, it is time to start thinking about scaling available labour. Through education, as well as creating the most connections possible between available workers and firms in need. What can you do attract more fresh bright minds into your organization? How does the labour market affect the offshore industry? And how do we foster and maintain close ties between labour and industry?

Follow the debate in this panel discussion:

17.00 Networking Drinks and speed-dating with young high potentials

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Why you cannot miss this

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Complex challenges need cooperation. That’s why we bring stakeholders from the whole value chain together to connect.
Excited top speakers share their vision, lessons learned, and out-of-the-box solutions to inspire and surprise you.
Together we shape the future! Step out of your daily routine, share your ideas, and come network. Make yourself part of the solution.

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Location & Parking

The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI)

Prinsessegracht 23
NL – 2514 AP The Hague

More information on how to get there will follow soon.


During this event you will meet directors and managers from offshore companies, shipping companies, drydocks, energy companies, equipment providers, and more. Besides that we also expect different ports, government agencies, and media to be present.

One or more professionals from these organizations partook last year:

Acta Marine, AKD, Allseas Engineering, ARCADIS, Bayards Helidecks, Been mc, Bezemer Group, Bluebird Consultant, Care4iT, Cathie Group, Conway & Partners, C-Ventus Offshore Windfarm Services, Damen Group, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, Deep, DEME, DEME Offshore, DeRegt Cables, DNV, ELA Container Offshore GmbH, European Commission, Fabricom Offshore Services, Fugro, GE, Gemeente Rotterdam, H2Offshore Engineering, Hatenboer-Water, Heavy Lift News, Heerema Marine Contractors, Huisman Equipment, Iemants NV, IFS Benelux, IHC Services, Institute Clingendael, iPS Powerful People, IRENA, IRO, Iv-Consult, Jumbo Maritime, Kenz-Figee, Kistos, KIVI, Koninklijke Vopak, KPMG Advisory, Lloyd’s Register EMEA, Loyens & Loeff, Luminus, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, MS Amlin Marine, Multrahip Beheer, Next ocean, Nobian, North Sea Port, NWEA, Ocean Energy Europe, Peterson Den Helder, Port of Den Helder, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Rotterdam, RebelGroup, Relyon Nutec, Ropeblock, RTV Rijnmond, RWE, RWE Renewables GmbH, Shell, SMST Designers & Constructors, State Supervision of Mines, TenneT TSO, TNO, TotalEnergies EP Nederland, TrustLube, TU Delft, Van Oord Offshore, Vattenfall, Vestas, VIRO, Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam, Wagenborg Offshore Holding

The costs of attending this conference are €649,- (excl. VAT) per participant. This includes your lunch and other consumptions.


We find it important that the future managers and directors are present at our gathering. Are you in the last year of your study? Then you are more than welcome to participate for a student fee of €150,- (incl. VAT and consumptions). Send and email to with a copy of your student pass and a request for participation. There is a limited amount of spots for students.

Were you called away unexpectedly? Then you can always give your ticket to one of your colleagues for free. If that’s not possible, then you can cancel your ticket cost-free up to three weeks prior to the event (per email). After that you owe the full participation fee. If you register in the last three weeks prior to the event, you cannot cancel your ticket cost-free.

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