The first onshore windfarm in UK was completed in 1991. The talk starts off by describing the construction of an early onshore windfarm in UK and explains the design of the wind turbines. Subsequently offshore wind farms are discussed from their inception in UK through the design and construction of early offshore wind farms and how they have evolved to the present day helped by the very rapid progress in turbine size and installation vessel development.
SPEAKER'S SHORT BIO
Rupert Berryman left school at the age of 18 and joined the Royal Navy. He trained as a marine engineer gaining a degree in mechanical engineering at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon. He was sea appointed to destroyers and an aircraft carrier. Shore appointments included over 2 years as the staff marine engineer officer for small ships where amongst other things he brought the new Island Class OPVs into service after the introduction of the 200 mile Economic Exclusion Zone in 1977.
After leaving the navy in 1980 he worked on two very large projects in the Middle East then joined an underwater engineering company in Aberdeen. In 1990 he started work on the Channel Tunnel Project initially as materials manager but was rapidly selected as a troubleshooter for the railway signalling and terminal traffic management systems, which had run into difficulty.
In 1996 he was responsible for the construction of an onshore windfarm in Dumfries. This gave him an opening to make a positive contribution in renewable energy. Working for Kellogg Brown & Root in 2000, a large offshore oil and gas construction company he introduced a new product line for offshore wind power. As a result KBR undertook a number of key offshore wind power consultancy and construction activities until he retired in 2014. This part of his career was extremely fulfilling.