Conference Day 1


8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and welcome coffee


Sandro di Noi

Manager Innovation & Strategic Research
Suzlon Group

9:15 am - 9:45 am Scene Setting: What is a valuable rotor blade from an operator's perspective?

Simon Pansart - Principal Engineer, innogy SE
Turbine and blade selection for new wind farm projects
Quality assurance, certification and IEC RE
Inspections and maintenance, condition and loads monitoring
Life time extension, dismantling and disposal

Simon Pansart

Principal Engineer
innogy SE

9:45 am - 10:15 am Match & Meet

Identify your group while at the same time getting  to know many of your peers in a short amount of time.

10:15 am - 10:45 am Refreshment break and networking


10:45 am - 11:15 am First Triblade rotor in operational testing

Pascal Rubin - Mechanical Design Engineer, Winfoor AB
The Triblade Technology
Designing and manufacturing of the 22m Triblade rotor
Testing of the 22m Triblade rotor
Outlook to future developments and uses of the Triblade technology

Pascal Rubin

Mechanical Design Engineer
Winfoor AB

11:15 am - 11:45 am Large low specific power turbines for the US onshore market

Nick Johnson - Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Trends in the US marketpointtowardslowspecific power turbines
Transportation limitsthesizeofthe blade
Alternative turibineconfigurationscouldleadtotechnologybreakthroughsfor 100 +m blades
Downwind, activeaero, andhighly flexible blade designsareexaminedandcomparedfor optimal LCOE

Nick Johnson

Research Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

11:45 am - 12:15 pm Blade Segmentation: a game changer reality

Javier Callen - Project Manager, Nabrawind
Overcoming blades growth limitations
Robust and reliable solutions: advanced validation strategy
Representative Case Studies

Javier Callen

Project Manager

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Networking luncheon

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm One Shot Blade® improvements towards multi-megawatt wind blades

Dr. Michele Damiano - CTO, Cartflow
The main features of this technology will be highlighted to show the advantages from cost-perspective point of view:
reduce BOM items;
mass reduction;
upscale to very large blade

Dr. Michele Damiano


Material developments and the impact on rotor blades

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm How to deal with the Balsa shortage:

Edo Kuipers - Manager Engineering, We4Ce-TRES4
Alternative materials
Alternative design
How to deal with certification

Edo Kuipers

Manager Engineering

Table A: Leading edge erosion and ice accretion – Benjamin Buchholz,   Research Associate, Fraunhofer IWES
Table B: Topic to be announced - Jeppe Funk Kirkegaard, Head of Offshore Structural Blade Design
Table C: Reduction of Reserve Factors – Lu Xiaofeng, Manager Structure and   Mechanics, SinomaWind
Table D: Impact of growing diameters on aeroelastics – Ulrike Kersten,   Design&Analysis Engineer, TPI Composites
Table C: Optimization and Design of Low Specific Power Rotors for Low Wind   Speed Sites – Nick Johnson, Research Engineer, NREL

Jeppe Funk Kirkegaard

Head Of Blade Structural Design Department
Siemens Gamesa Renewables Energy

Lu Xiaofeng

Manager Structure & Mechanics
Sinoma Wind Power Blade


Benjamin Bucholz

Research Associate
Fraunhofer IWES


Nick Johnson

Research Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Refreshment break and networking

Market insights from China and the US

US potential for wind energy in offshor and onshore
Current political climate
Outlook to the next 5-10 years

Philip Barutha

Assistant Professor, Construction Programs
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm China Market Trends and Next Generation Blade Developments

Bart Roorda - CTO, Sinoma Wind
The Chinese market is by far the largest wind energy market.
2019 will be a top year with an expected installed wind power of 25-27 GW.
The platforms are shifting to larger rated power and the rotor diameters continue to increase.
Costs are continuously under pressure, now enforced by the introduction of the auction system in China.
In order to meet these demands the blade designs and technologies in China need to grow to the next level

Bart Roorda

Sinoma Wind


Sandro di Noi

Manager Innovation & Strategic Research
Suzlon Group

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Evening get-together

Join our evening Get-Together and
take this opportunity to network and make new business
contacts. Or just to relax and round off your first conference day