2019 July 13 Saturday

High-level Panel on Offshore Wind for Asia (Open Event)

Conferences 2, ECCL


  • Share Europe’s extensive experience in offshore wind development
  • Understand upcoming cost and technology improvements
  • Determine key factors for successful market uptake of offshore wind in Asia
  • Determine what barriers need to be overcome in Asia


Renewable energy is one of the critical pillars to deliver the sustainable development goals and help achieve the commitments set under the Paris Agreement. There is a wealth of experience on offshore wind deployment in Europe and it is important for countries to share their experiences on how to successfully implement these projects. A growing number of emerging economies in Asia are in very early stages of adopting offshore wind. For example, China and India have ambitious plans for offshore wind, 10 GW by 2020 and 5 GW by 2022, respectively. This event can be a valuable platform for discussion and information sharing amongst European and developing Asian countries.


The global offshore wind capacity stands at 22.5 GW by 2018, with over 85% of capacity installed in European waters. However, Asian markets are gradually taking over the global dominance of European markets, with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) expecting that half of all new installations to come from Asia-Pacific in the next decade.


Luxembourg’s proximity to leading offshore wind countries and developers such as Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark and Norway, makes it an ideal location for this event seeking to leverage a wealth of experience from the region.


This event aims to showcase and promote offshore wind investment in Asia. AIIB can play a vital role in market transformation and supporting the uptake of off-shore wind in line with national policies and targets. The event would also highlight the importance of sharing of experiences and regional cooperation.


Discussion Topics

  • What are the upcoming cost and technology improvements?
  • What are key factors/drivers for successful market uptake of offshore wind in Asia (e.g. policies, bankable projects)
  • Determine what barriers need to be overcome in Asia (e.g. regulation, transmission capacity, technical capacity)
  • What are the investment opportunities in Asia (e.g. Vietnam, China, India, Korea)? Which are the key markets today and in the future? What is the role of MDB’s such as AIIB (e.g. de-risking projects, mobilizing private sector)?

Session format

  • Panel discussion followed by Q&A



Lucy Craig

Director, Technology and Innovation, DNV GL


Lucy Craig is Vice President and Director of Technology and Innovation at DNV GL Energy, where she is responsible for digitalization, innovation and technical governance across service areas covering renewables advisory and certification, transmission and distribution advisory services, power component certification and energy management. She manages investments in innovation projects and DNV GL Energy’s strategic growth segments including offshore wind, finance, data analytics, energy storage and solar.


Prior to her current role, Lucy managed the region of Iberia and Latin America for DNV GL . Lucy has 30 years’ experience in the renewables industry, both wind and solar.  She has a PhD in electrical power engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Dolf Gielen

Director of the Innovation and Technology Center in Bonn, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)


As director of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn since 2011, Dolf Gielen overseas the agency's work on advising member countries on energy scenerios and planning, power sector transformation, cost and markets, technology status and innovation outlooks, and project development guidelines.

Before joining IRENA, Dolf Gielen worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Energy Agency. He has a PhD from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Vladimir Nicolaas

Global Head of Business Development - Offshore Wind, innogy SE


Vladimir Nicolaas is the Global Head of Business Development for Offshore Wind at innogy SE and responsible for expanding innogy’s European offshore wind focus to explore new global opportunities.


In his previous role, Vladimir was part of the senior management team of innogy’s Galloper offshore wind project and helped to successfully develop the project to achieve financial close in late 2015.


Vladimir has over 15 years of experience in the Energy sector and has an MBA and a postgraduate degree in Finance.



Ben Backwell

CEO, Global Wind Energy Council


Ben Backwell is a leading commentator and strategist in the renewable energy sector. Prior to joining GWEC, he was a Managing Director at FTI Consulting, one of the world’s largest advisory firms, advising companies in the clean energy sector on strategy, communications, and government affairs.

He takes part of in the work of a number of industry organizations, including  the IRENA Coalition for Action Steering Group, and the IEA’s Renewable Energy Industry Advisory Board.

His book Wind Power, the struggle for control of a new global industry,” (Routledge 2015, 2nd Revised Edition 2017) has been described as the “definitive” story of the global wind industry.

He holds an MSc in Political Science from the University of London