Venue: BLUEBRIDGE, Wetenschapspark1, Ostend (Belgium) Time: 9.00 - 16.30

Most wind turbines are designed and certified for a service life of 20 to 25 years. After this period they must be decommissioned or have their accredited service life extended, often accompanied by repowering . While procedures for decommissioning and repowering of onshore wind farms are known, experience with offshore wind farms is limited. There is no overall sustainable end-of-life approach to offshore wind farms. The international project " DecomTools " closes this gap by developing eco-innovative concepts.

During the final conference, participants will receive various impulses and a detailed overview of the results of the project based on specialist lectures and panel discussions. Innovative technologies and demonstration pilots from the fields of logistics, ship design and up- and recycling will be considered. Which are supplemented by technical concepts for process optimization for the dismantling of individual offshore wind turbines and by economic and political analyzes of the offshore decommissioning market. In addition, there are sufficient opportunities for networking with various stakeholders from the industry.Join us for the final conference in the DecomTools project and get the newest insights about decommissioning, repowering and future perspectives.

The conference will be divited into 4 topics and the conference will be moderated by Caroline Verstraete and visual facilitated by Kristof Braekeleire


9.00 - 9.30: Registration and network 

9.30 - 10.00: Welcome and introduction to the DecomTools project by Prof. Dr. Marcus Bentin and Dr. Stephan Kotzur from University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer and Charlotte Baumgartner from Energy Cluster Denmark

10.00 - 10.20: Key note speaker-  A European perspective on decommissioning and offshore wind by Alexander Vandenberghe, WindEurope 


Topic 1: The offshore/ decommissioning market from economic and political perspective

10.20 - 10.30: A business perspective involving the repowering of a wind energy park by Harm Korporaal from De Lauwershorst Groep

10.30 - 11.30: Panel discussion: Preparing for offshore wind farms the end-of-life market

  • Harm Korporaal from De Lauwershorst Groep
  • Ben de Pauw -  POM West-Vlaanderen
  • Annika Rix – German National Contact Point in the Interreg North Sea Region Programme & Senate Chancellery of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Alexander Vandenberghe from WindEurope

11.00 - 11.30: Coffee break + Break for Networking/ Exhibition 


Topic 2: Technical process optimisation for dismalting single offshore wind energy structures

11.30 - 11.45: Offshore decommissioning and challenges ahead for offshore windfarms by Prof. Dr. Andrés Franklin Olivares Lopez from Western Norway University of Applied Science

11.45 - 12.00: DecomDSS - A Decision Support System for Decommissioning of Offshore Windfarms by Dr. Alireza Maheri from University of Aberdeen

12.00 - 12.15: Titel TBC by TBA

12.15 -12.30: Development of Flexible Blade Cutting System for End-Of-Life Blades by Peter Ejs Eltzholtz, Project Manager and Co-founder Advantis 

12.30 - 12.40 Q/A by all 

12.40 - 13.25: Lunch break + Break for Networking/ Exhibition 


Topic 3: New concepts addressing logistical requirements for decommissioning complete offshore wind parks

13.25 - 13.40: End-of-Life Planning of OWTs from a logistical perspective by Marc Hillers from University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer

13.40 - 13.50: Titel TBC by Henrik Carstensen & Theis Gisselbaeck from Port of Grenaa

13.50 - 14.00: Overview Belgium - Volumes and market on- and offshore wind by Jan Allaert from Port of Oostende

14.00 - 14.15: Logistical challenges and concept for decommissioning offshore wind parks by Björn Wittek from Rhenus Offshore Logistics 

14.15 - 14.25: Q&A by all

14.25 - 14.55: Coffee break + Break for Networking/ Exhibition 


Topic 4: Recycling Concepts for dismantling/ repowering

14.55 - 15.10: Why is ‘recycling’ problematic? - Time to change narrative by Nina Vielen-Kallio from ECHT regie in transitie B.V.

15.10 - 15.25: Complete material and energetic recovery - A new innovative approach from Joulmine by Claudia Martens from Joulmine GmbH & Co KG

15.25 - 15.40: Blade–Made: a scalable repurposing strategy by Antonia Wormer from Blade-Made

15.40 - 15.55: Recycling Opportunities for Windturbine Blades by Jan Jaap Folmer from Chief Upp! and Founder Upp!

15.55 - 16.25: Panel discusion: How can circularity be improved in the offshore wind industry?

  • Nina Vielen-Kallio from ECHT regie in transitie B.V.
  • Claudia Martens from Joulmine GmbH & Co KG
  • Antonia Wormer from Blade-Made
  • Jan Jaap Folmer from Upp!

16.25 -16.35: Closing remarks by Caroline Verstratete and Kristof Braekeleire 



Register HERE


If you want to participate online you can stream the conference HERE