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2022 President’s Invitation Lecture

Floating wind challenges and opportunities for faster deployment

Wednesday 16 November 2022, at One Whitehall Place, London, UK

Presented by Jorge Porres, Director of Technology and Supply Chain, BlueFloat Energy

The annual President’s Invitation Lecture is a major event in the Institution’s calendar, which aims to present important and topical maritime themes and issues by leading individuals in their sector of the maritime industry.

The President will welcome guests for the drinks reception from 7pm. The Lecture will take place in the Gladstone Library at 7:30, which will then be followed by dinner.

The presentation will revolve around the state of the art of the floating wind industry. Insights from persons with first-hand experience in developing and executing floating offshore windfarms, challenges the industry is facing, and the potential implications of innovative solutions will be some of the topics we intend to explore. We will talk about the different actors involved in making floating offshore wind a success and will try to drive an ‘out of the box’ thinking exercise to explore new paths of development to speed up the deployment of floating wind.


Jorge Porres, Director of Technology and Supply Chain, BlueFloat Energy 

Jorge Porres, Director of Technology and Supply Chain, BlueFloat Energy 

As Director of Technology and Supply Chain at BlueFloat Energy, Jorge Porres is responsible for analyzing various floating technologies and assessing their suitability for each of BlueFloat Energy’s projects under development. Jorge is also responsible for evaluating the supply chain, taking into consideration potential risks and opportunities.

Jorge brings more than seven years of first-hand experience in floating offshore wind. Prior to joining BlueFloat Energy, he was part of the core team that developed and executed the WindFloat Atlantic project off the coast of Portugal. Jorge was responsible for the fabrication of one of the three floating foundations that was manufactured at Navantia’s shipyard in Ferrol, and supervised all production, QA/QC and HSE matters. Jorge also oversaw the installation of the three wind turbines at the quayside and served as project engineer for the offshore installation and commissioning of the WindFloat Atlantic windfarm until COD.

Jorge received his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Hydraulics and Energy from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.


16th November, 2022    
19:00 - 23:30