Offshore wind power – past, present and future

1 April 2016, 1.00 PM - 1 April 2016, 2.00 PM

Lecture Theatre 1.15, Queen's Building, University of Bristol

A talk by Henrik Stiesdal who will speak about the background for moving offshore, the historical development, the current status of the industry, and some of the likely future developments. Constraints and solutions are described. Finally, the overall potential of the industry will be outlined.

No booking is necessary for this event and it is open to all.


Henrik Stiesdal is a Danish inventor and businessman in the modern wind power industry. In 1978, he designed one of the first wind turbines representing the so-called "Danish Concept" which dominated the global wind industry through the 1980s. In 1990, Henrik had overall responsibility for Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm, the world’s first offshore wind farm, including the first offshore adaptation of wind turbines. From 1995 onwards, he was responsible for the development of the proprietary IntegralBlade® manufacturing technology and in 1996, he developed the CombiStall® blade regulation system. Two years later in 1998, Henrik designed the first variable-speed turbine and from 1999 onwards, he was in charge of the development of Siemens’ Direct Drive technology, eliminating the gearbox, which is the classical weak spot of traditional wind turbine design.

Until 2014, Henrik was the Chief Technology Officer of Siemens Wind Power and during his career has been awarded a range of accolades, including the Poul la Cour Prize of the European Wind Energy Association in 2011 and the German Renewables Award for Lifetime Achievements in Wind Energy in 2014. During his professional career, he has made more than 175 inventions and has received more than 650 patents related to wind power technology.

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This is the fourth lecture in a series of events on Transition Engineering, exploring future pathways to sustainable resource consumption:

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