On December 6th, HiDef organized a one day workshop in Boston which brought together the regulatory and scientific community to discuss present permitting processes for offshore wind farms. Leading developers, academic experts, environmental specialists, and notable government figures from both the U.S. and Europe discussed the major challenges and successful techniques involved in the development of offshore wind farms.
Feedback from the event, which was formed in partnership with UK Trade and Investment Boston, was very positive. Before opening up for roundtable discussion, the audience heard informative presentations from Finlay Bennett who is Senior Offshore Industries Advisor of the Joint Nature Conservancy Committee, Prof Steve Buckland who is head of Ecological and Environmental research at St. Andrews University, Andy Webb who is Environmental and Statistics Manager of HiDef, and Alastair Mackay who is the protected species specialist at Forewind who are developing the 9GW Dogger Bank wind farm project in UK.
Kevin McCarthy, who works with Cleantech Business Development for UK Trade & Investment, commented “The team at UKTI Boston was very pleased to assist HiDef Aerial Surveying with their event at the British Consulate – General in Boston. Offshore wind is early stage technology in the United States, and UKTI is glad to align companies like HiDef to help speed deployment and make the permitting process as effective and efficient as possible.”