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EERA DeepWind 2021 logoPresenting the best on-going offshore wind R&D since 2004
Digital Conference: 13 – 15 January 2021
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Join the world's top researchers and innovators in deep sea offshore wind energy.



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Tina Bru

Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway
Tina Bru is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party. Since 2020, she has served as the Minister of Petroleum and Energy. She was elected to the Storting from Rogaland in 2013 and became a member of the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment. She was reelected to the Storting for the period 2017–2021, and continued as a member of the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment.

Nils Røkke

Executive Vice President Sustainability - SINTEF

Executive Vice President Sustainability in SINTEF, the largest research institute in Norway with 2000 employees. Member of the management board of SINTEF since 2008. President of EERA- the European Energy Research Alliance, EERA has 250 partners from energy research institutes and universities in 30 European countries with more than 50000 people engaged in energy research. Head of the SINTEF Europe office in Brussels until recently.  PhD in combustion from NTH (NTNU). Member of the European ZEP (zero emission power) Advisory Council, Co-chair of the Executive Committee of ZEP and member of the Portfolio Board (Energy, Low Emissions and Transport) of the Norwegian Research Council (RCN). Contributor in Forbes writing on energy and climate issues and also actively taking part in the public debate on the energy and climate transition.

Carlos Eduardo Lima da Cunha

Policy Officer, European Comission

Carlos Eduardo Lima da Cunha is a policy officer at the European Commission.
His current focus is on research and innovation on offshore wind, with particular interest in circular material, system integration, and societal and environmental issues.
Previously to joining the European Commission, he worked in the USA and Germany on regulatory affairs and biochemistry research.

John Olav Tande

Chief Scientist, SINTEF Energy Research

John Olav Giæver Tande, one of two chairs at the EERA DeepWind conference, is a scientist and Research Manager at SINTEF Energy Research, and a pioneer in floating offshore wind energy. He received the Mission Innovation Champion Award at the fourth Mission Innovation ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada, May 2019.

John Olav Giæver Tande is the initiator and chair of the international conference series EERA DeepWind. The conference was first arranged in 2003, and has since taken place annually in Trondheim, Norway. From 2009 until 2017 he was the Director of NOWITECH: Norwegian Research Centre for Offshore Wind Technology. 8-year, 40 MEUR FME programme funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and national/international industry. The centre developed 40 innovations in offshore wind. 

Peter Eecen

Coordinator at EERA JP Wind

Peter Eecen is R&D manager at TNO and Coordinator at EERA JP Wind – a collaboration of the 53 largest research groups on wind energy in Europe. Peter is internationally active in EERA, IEA, MEASNET, ETIPWind, and European projects. He supports industry by having a seat in the European technology platform ETIPWind. The European academia in wind energy is supported by the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE). For the last 10 years, Peter has been responsible for the research programme offshore wind. The research programme aims to accelerate the implementation of offshore wind power by reducing costs and taking away barriers, while supporting the Dutch and European industry to become more competitive by innovations. Peter is active in TKI and GROW and supports the national research programme. Peter performed research in modeling wind and waves, resource assessments, uncertainties in wind measurements, sensor innovations, remote sensing, operation and maintenance, wakes and aerodynamics, wind farm control and grid integration.

Trond Kvamsdal

Professor, NTNU

Trond Kvamsdal is currently a Professor with the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His positions at NTNU are within computational mathematics, i.e., development of new theories/methods within applied mathematics and numerical analysis to make robust and efficient numerical software programs for challenging applications in science and technology as wind energy.
The main area of application is computational mechanics, i.e., both solid/structural and fluid mechanics relevant for civil, mechanical, marine, and petroleum engineering as well as biomechanics, geophysics, and renewable energy. He received the IACM Fellow Award (International Association for Computational Mechanics), in 2010, and was an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA), in 2017. Furthermore, he was President for Nordic Association for Computational Mechanics NoACM (2008-2018) and Member of Executive Committee for European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS) . He has a broad network relevant for wind energy established through chairing the Scientific Committee for FME NOWITECH (2009-2017) and co-chairing the annual EERA Deepwind conference.


Amy Robertson

Principal Engineer, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Amy's expertise is in structural dynamics modeling, verification and validation, and data analysis. At NREL, Amy specializes in the modeling of offshore wind system dynamics. She co-leads IEA Wind Task 30, an international research project focused on the verification/validation of offshore wind modeling tools. Prior to joining NREL, Amy worked as an independent consultant for 3M in Boulder and as a technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Her diverse work experience has included the analysis of medical CT data, data interrogation of mechanical responses, structural health monitoring of civil structures, and finite-element and rigid-body modeling.

Lena Kitzing

Head of Section for Society, Markets and Policy at DTU Wind Energy

Lena Kitzing is Head of Section for Society, Markets and Policy at DTU Wind Energy. Her research focus is on energy policy and market design, using quantitative economic analysis with focus on investment and risk aspects (with models drawing from finance theory); economics of offshore wind; Dynamic energy transition processes; feasibility studies of energy projects, including investment appraisals; and innovative renewable support policies, including auction design. She holds a PhD in Energy Economics from the Technical University of Denmark from 2014 (Risk implications of energy policy instruments). Before starting research at DTU in 2011, she worked in the energy industry, at RWE AG and DONG Energy A/S, for nearly five years, after having received the German equivalent for an MSc degree (Dipl. Wi-Ing.) in Industrial Engineering and Management (EUM) from the University of Flensburg in 2006.

Katherine Dykes

Head of Section, Systems Engineering & Optimization, DTU Wind Energy

Katherine Dykes is Head of Section in Systems Engineering & Optimization at DTU Wind Energy. LAC competency areas include aero-servo-hydro-elasticity (Multiphysics) wind turbine and plant modeling, turbine and plant controls, and wind plant design optimization. Katherine’s research over the last decade has involved applying systems engineering to optimization of wind turbine and plant design and operation. At DTU, this includes the development coordination for the TOPFARM wind farm optimization software. She is a co-operating agent for IEA Wind Task 37 on systems engineering applied to wind energy RD&D. She holds a PhD from MIT in engineering systems and a dual-MS from The Ohio State University in electrical engineering and applied economics.

Yves Perignon

Manager of the SEM-REV infrastructure, Research Engineer at CNRS.

Dr Yves Perignon is Manager of the SEM-REV infrastructure and Research Engineer at CNRS. He holds a PhD in Fluid Dynamics from Ecole Centrale de Nantes (2011), a master degree in Oceanography from Université de Bretagne Occidentale (2007) and a master degree in Ocean Engineering from ENSTA Bretagne (2006). He is conducting research aimed at enhancing knowledge of the oceanic environment in terms of sea states and wind wave interactions mainly, for a proper application to Marine Renewable Energy structures and operations. He has been involved since early stages in the development of the SEM-REV sea test site and in the coordination of its scientific actions.


  • New turbine and generator technology
  • Grid connection and system integration
  • Met-ocean conditions
  • Operation & maintenance
  • Installation and sub-structures
  • Wind farm optimization and control
  • Experimental testing and validation
  • Energy transition perspectives


EERA DeepWind 2021 is an international event aiming to present the best on-going research and innovation related to deep sea offshore wind farms, both bottom-fixed and floating. The conference has been developing every year since 2004, and is established as an important venue on deep sea offshore wind R&D.

Participants will have access to the whole program via the event's portal, and with the possibility of live interaction with presenters and other participants during the sessions. Presenters will get the opportunity to get published in an open access journal, subject to a successful peer review.


In light of the global coronavirus situation, occasions to gather physically are limited. It has challenged us to find new solutions.

EERA DeepWind Conference 2021 will be a digital conference.
The digital format allows us to present speakers from all over the world, whilst ensuring a good meeting arena for what's important: hard science on offshore wind.


Participants will have access to the entire program with all presentations on-line during the conference and thereafter for one year. During the conference speaker presentations will be immediately followed up by a live Q&A which will allow all participants a chance to interact with presenters. Similarly, posters will consist of a video presentation, with a live Q&A.



The conference is hosted by SINTEF and NTNU and organized in cooperation with the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) joint programme on wind energy.