The Floating Offshore Wind Energy Markets in France and in the U.S.
The global market for offshore wind energy is maturing, while the market for floating wind energy is in its infancy. France and the United States have large resources suitable for both markets. This keynote session will discuss the state of the existing markets and their evolution in France and the United States for both offshore and floating offshore wind energy.
Moderator: Franck Schoefs (University of Nantes)
Prof. Franck Schoefs,
Speaker #1: Walt Musial (NREL)
Walt Musial is a principal engineer and the manager of Offshore Wind at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he has worked for 30 years. In 2003 he initiated the offshore wind energy research program at NREL which he now leads. Walt also developed and ran NREL’s full scale blade and drivetrain testing facilities for 15 years. Earlier, Walt spent five years in the commercial wind energy industry in California. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, specializing in energy conversion with a focus on wind energy engineering. He has over 100 publications and two patents.
Speaker #2: Derek Stilwell (GE)
As Commercial Leader for North America for GE Renewable Energy -Offshore Wind, Derek Stiwell is responsible for Market and Business Development, Equipment and Maintenance Services Sales and Marketing for GE Offshore Wind in North America. With 25 years in Energy across the Americas and > 10 years in Wind, Derek’s experience spans North and Central America, Geothermal and Gas development and power marketing. In the last decade, Derek led sales efforts that resulted in the introduction of onshore and offshore wind turbines in the US, Canada
Speaker #3: Matthieu Monnier (French Wind Energy)
As Head of Industry and Offshore wind, Matthieu Monnier supports the development of the wind industry and the energy transition in France at the French Wind Energy Association FEE. He previously worked at the French Ministry of Energy’s European and International Directorate (2010-2011) as a Liaison Officer for the World Bank and Americas-Balkans-CIS, before leading the energy sector of Business France – the French State Agency for Trade & Invest – Germany in Düsseldorf, for 3 years. Matthieu particularly contributes to the improvement of the offshore