Offshore wind energy

28 February 2023 – 27 June 2023

Catch the wave of offshore wind & acquire a broad knowledge from a technological and multidisciplinary perspective.

Offshore wind energy has developed rapidly in Belgium & Europe. The industrial scaling is a fact and the production cost is evolving to a cost-competitive source in our energy mix. Belgium is currently the 4th country worldwide in terms of installed capacity, and the best is yet to come.

This course was conceived to offer thorough expertise and operational knowledge of all phases of offshore wind energy. Course attendees will acquire a broad and up-to-date knowledge regarding technology, financing, safety, security, ecology & boundary conditions of offshore wind farms over the entire lifespan.

The course is divided into 6 modules: after a qualitative description in the first module, module 2 provides a technological basis for the wind power production and conversions “from wind to wire”. Modules 3 focuses on structural aspects, in particular offshore foundations . The fourth module covers various aspects with respect to electrical components (such as transformers), testing and validation, weather prediction and resource assessment, etc. Module 5 deals with non-technological topics such as financing, environmental impact and mitigation and legal framework. The last module combines a prospection beyond the horizon into current and future R&D and innovation in offshore wind) and industry cases.

After completion, course participants will have a broad offshore knowledge, both from an international perspective as from the viewpoint of the strengths of the Belgian offshore wind industry and academia.

This course is targeted towards people working in (or with the ambition to be working in) or researching the offshore wind, power or maritime sector. A bachelor level (or equivalent through minimal 2 year relevant working experience) is obligatory.

A master level in science, engineering, economics or law is recommended (or equivalent through minimal 2 year relevant working experience) and obligatory for module 3.

To receive a certificate, one should attend at least modules 2-3-4-5 and succeed for the final exam.

Participants attending 1 or more modules can obtain a certificate of attendance.

Scientific Coordination

  • Prof. Lieven Vandevelde, Department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering, Ghent University.


  • Claude Abiven, Tractebel
  • Baert Ruben, GeoXYZ
  • Bauer Ralf, Norther
  • Beilan Tyson, DEME
  • Boon Tine, Tractebel
  • Bluekens Jorne, Parkwind
  • Brazão João, Jan De Nul
  • Ceyhan Yilmaz Ozlem, Sirris
  • Chellingsworth Thomas, Loyens & Loeff
  • De Belie Frederik, Ghent University
  • De Busscher Christophe, Omcon
  • De Roo Rob, VIVES - VLOC
  • De Vos Kristof, Elia
  • De Waele Wim, Ghent University
  • Declercq Jan, Slimenergy
  • Degraer Steven, KBIN
  • Degroote Joris, Ghent University
  • Derudder Bert, KBC
  • Devriendt Christof, VUB
  • Dewaele Ronny, E-bo Enterprises
  • Dhaene Christophe, e-Bo Enterprises
  • Fauconnier Dieter, Ghent University
  • Finé Eric, Smulders
  • Geerinck Pascal, Tractebel
  • Goethals Angelo, Ghent University
  • Goris Sonja, ZF Wind Power
  • Heiremans Carl, Jan De Nul
  • Helsen Jan, VUB
  • Hemelsoet Karen, Ghent Unversity
  • Huyghebaert Yannick, Parkwind
  • Jordaens Pieter Jan, Sirris
  • Lahaye Filip, Otary
  • Lammertyn Kevin, Otary
  • Lataire Evert, Ghent University
  • Maes Frank, Ghent University
  • Magnus Dirk, C-Power
  • Mathys Mieke, IMDC
  • Monballieu Jef, Jan De Nul
  • Noppe Lieselot, GeoXYZ
  • Rabaut Dieter, DEME
  • Saidi Mazarou Nordine , Ocean Winds
  • Schyvens Tim, Elia
  • Smet Geert, KMI
  • Steensels Marc, Otary
  • Streicher Maximilian, Ghent University
  • Stroobandt An, Kabinet Minister Tinne Van der Straeten
  • Stuyts Bruno, Ghent University
  • Tavallali Abbas, IMDC
  • Troch Peter, Ghent University
  • Vallée François, Université Mons
  • Van Cauwenberghe Peter, Rely on Nutec
  • Van Hertem Dirk, KULeuven
  • Van Lambalgen Raoul, Otary
  • van Loon Kristof, DEME Concessions
  • Van Nuffel Margot, Otary
  • Van Paepegem Wim, Ghent University
  • Van Valckenborg Jef, Parkwind
  • Vanden Haute Cedric, Elicio
  • Vandendriessche Frederik, Ghent University
  • Vandevelde Lieven, Ghent University
  • Vannieuwenhuyse Kenneth, DEME
  • Vereycken Paco, Engie
  • Jochem Vermeir, Parkwind
  • Vermylen Marc, Loyens & Loeff


This module provides the terminology, phases and processes of offshore wind energy, and allows the students to get acquainted with the correct terminology. After the qualitative description of the components, the project life cycle (from tendering to decommissioning) is outlined. The procedures and terminology in offshore wind installation are described. Lastly, the in-service terminology (during the Operations & Maintenance) is provided.

  • Introduction to offshore wind packages: WTG & substructures
  • Introduction to offshore wind packages: Cables & OHVS
  • Introduction to electrical power systems - grid transmission
  • Project installation: offshore wind installation (terminology & procedures)
  • ABC of offshore wind financing (project financing perspective)
  • Technical development: design basis – basic design – detailed design cycle
  • Tendering & basic engineering
  • Corporate & contractual set-up
  • O&M terminology

Concepts introduced in module 1 will be used in the other modules.

Teachers: Lieven Vandevelde, Raoul Van Lambalgen, Carl Heiremans , Dieter Rabaut, Margot Van Nuffel, Ralf Bauer, Filip Lahayen, Nordine Saidi Mazarou, Abbas Tavallali, Kristof van Loon, Christophe De Busscher
Date: 28 February, 7 & 14 March 2023

This module describes the wind power production and conversions up to the grid connection and integration, i.e. “from wind to wire”. Herein the components (turbine blades, generators, offshore grid, etc.) are discussed in detail.

  • WTG Package: Aerodynamics introduction & FSI (blades)
  • Blades: blade build-up, design, modelling
  • LEE & evolutions in blades
  • Intro to offshore grids
  • WTG Package: Generator systems in offshore wind
  • WTG package: park owners' perspective
  • Reliability of Gearboxes in wind turbines
  • Drivetrain developments: servitization, modularization, torque density
  • Wind Turbine drivetrain design from a loads perspective
  • Electrical Package: transmission & conversion: OHVS, HVDC vs AC, transmission
  • Electrical Package: Network concepts: OHVS equipment & lay-out, grid connection, SMD infrastructure, grid code)
  • Offshore wind integration: TSO perspective
  • Offshore adequacy
  • Energy markets & ancillary services, role of PPA

Teachers: Joris Degroote, Wim Van Paepegem, Ozlem Ceyhan Yilmaz, Lieven Vandevelde, Frederik De Belie, Yannick Huyghebaert, Dieter Fauconnier, Sonja Goris, Jan Helsen, Dirk Van Hertem, Marc Steensels, Kristof De Vos, François Vallée, Paco Vereycken
Date: 21 & 28 March, 18 & 25 April 2023

This module focuses on structural aspects and offshore foundations in particular, e.g. wave-structure interactions, geotechnical and material aspects, floating structures, etc.

  • Hydrodynamics: wave theory and wave structure interaction
  • Hydrodynamics: wave structure interaction : load impact
  • Geophysical & Geotechnical survey
  • Offshore geotechnics: soil-structure interaction & offshore site characterisation
  • Possibilities and challenges of floating offshore wind installations
  • BOP package: floating offshore wind turbine foundations
  • Behaviours of floating structures w.r.t. multi-use applications
  • Bottom impact and semi-floating phase of a wind installation jack-up / floating installation
  • Floating vessel Installation
  • BOP Package: Introduction into offshore foundations, load cases and their design
  • Foundations: Design assumptions
  • Substructures design in practice
  • Metals: damage & lifetime
  • Design for manufacturability, logistics, O&M & decom

Teachers: Peter Troch, Maximilian Streicher, Ruben Baert, Lieselot Noppe, Bruno Stuyts, Karen Hemelsoet, Evert Lataire, João Brazão, Kenneth Vannieuwenhuyse, Christof Devriendt, Cedric Vanden Haute, Wim De Waele, Eric Finé
Date: 2, 9 & 16 May 2023

In this module, some electrical components such as transformers are discussed in more detail. Other topics include wind farm monitoring, testing and validation of components, weather prediction and resource assessment.

  • Wind farm performance monitoring
  • Introduction to O&M: Data Driven strategies & implementation for O&M
  • Challenges for offshore wind components : dynamics on transformers & case study
  • Introduction to monitoring: Offshore wind ICT integration
  • Resource assesment, AEP, Wake, lidar
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in offshore wind context: legal context & applications
  • Weather prediction for wind energy applications
  • Importance of testing & validation during wind turbine development and construction

Teachers: Claude Abiven, Jef Van Valckenborg, Jan Declercq, Jorne Bluekens, Ronny Dewaele, Pieter Jan Jordaens, Rob De Roo, Geert Smet
Date: 23 & 30 May 2023

The project development requires a wide range of activities preceding the installation, such as project financing, tendering and consenting, environmental impact assessment and mitigation strategies, etc.

Furthermore offshore wind energy is developed in a context of international and federal marine spatial planning, energy law (like the grid code) and the wholesale market mechanisms.

  • Introduction & Maritime Law
  • Introduction into (offshore) energy legislation and cross boundary transmission aspects
  • Project financing & development (legal counsil perspective)
  • Project financing & development (lenders perspective)
  • Operational & functional safety (perspective from an asset operator)
  • Operational & functional safety (safety, survival, skills training for offshore wind)
  • Offshore wind farm environmental impacts: promoting the good and mitigating the bad
  • Environmental permit & impact assessment

Teachers: Frank Maes, Frederik Vandendriessche, Angelo Goethals, Marc Vermylen, Thomas Chellingsworth, Bert Derudder, Pascal Geerinck, Peter Van Cauwenberghe, Steven Degraer, Mieke Mathys
Data: 6 & 13 June 2023

This module looks beyond the horizon of offshore wind, including (future) policy, technological solutions on the component level, industrial scaling, R&D and innovation at different companies and future grid coupling.

  • Belgian offshore wind policy: beyond the horizon
  • Innovation in the offshore wind sector
  • Offshore innovation at Jan De Nul
  • Innovation in marine construction operations at DEME
  • Offshore innovation at Tractebel
  • Belgian Offshore cluster & Innovation at e-BO enterprises
  • Technology - R&D&I at Parkwind
  • Transition from Belgian Offshore towards upcoming worldwide Floating market
  • R&D & Innovation at Otary
  • R&D & Innovation at C-Power
  • Future grid coupling: MOG2 / Energy Island

Teachers: Pieter Jan Jordaens, Jef Monballieu, Tyson Beilan, Tine Boon, Christophe Dhaene, Jochem Vermeir, An Stroobandt, Cedric Vanden Haute, Kevin Lammertyn, Tim Schyvens
Data: 20 & 27 June 2023

Practical information

The fee includes the tuition fee, course notes, soft drinks, coffee and sandwiches.
Payment occurs after reception of the invoice.
All invoices are due in thirty days. All fees are exempt from VAT.

Module 1
Basic concepts

€ 905

Module 2
From wind to wire: electricity

€ 1.235

Module 3
Offshore foundations

€ 990

Module 4
Electrical components, monitoring, performance, testing, wind & wakes

€ 660

Module 5
Legal, environmental, financial & safety aspects

€ 660

Module 6
Innovation and future trends

€ 660

All modules

€ 4.600


  • When a participant of a company subscribes for the complete course, a reduction of 20% is given to all additional subscriptions from the same company, even on single modules. In that case only one invoice is issued per company
  • Special prices for doctoral students and Ghent University staff. For further information, please send us an email.
Reductions can't be combined.

Cancellation policy

When cancelling up to 7 days before the start of the course 25% of the participation fee will be charged.
When cancelling less than 7 days before the start of the course, the full fee is due.

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Module 3: Offshore foundations
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Module 5: Legal, environmental, financial & safety aspects
Module 6: Innovation and future trends

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  • The lessons are given from 14h till 21h, with a coffee breaks and a sandwich break.
  • The lesson on 14 March & on 25 April ends at 19h15.
  • Location: Ghent University, UGain classroom, building 60, Technologiepark Zwijnaarde.
  • Dates may change due to unforeseen reasons.


English is used in all presentations, exercises and documentation.


This course will be video captured. Course participants will have full access to the recorded sessions.
Physical attendance however is strongly advised.


Universiteit Gent
UGent Academie voor Ingenieurs
Els Van Lierde
Technologiepark 60
9052 Zwijnaarde
Tel.: +32 9 264 55 82
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