The SeaTwirl Advisory Board consists of a group of people who, with their unique skills and expertees, work in an advisory function towards the company’s owner or management, however not on a legal basis. SeaTwirl’s intention with the Advisory Board is to gain the competence and unique expertise from some of the wind power industry’s most experienced people, to develop and drive our technology forward. SeaTwirl plans for a total number of four members, and today proudly presents the first two: Andrew Garrad and Finn Gunnar Nielsen.
Andrew Garrad has more than 40 years’ experience and is one of the pioneers of the modern wind power industry. He was the founder and CEO (1984-2009) of the Garrad Hassan Group Ltd, then the world’s largest renewable energy consultancy; and was President of GL Garrad Hassan from 2009 until his retirement in 2016. Andrew has a PhD in theoretical fluid mechanics and is a visiting Professor at the University of Bristol UK. He was President of the European Wind Energy Association from 2014 to 2016.
Finn Gunnar Nielsen is known as the “father” of the world’s first floating wind turbine “Hywind”, installed in Norway in 2009. Like SeaTwirl, Hywind is also based on a SPAR structure, and Finn Gunnar Nielsen has unique competence in this field. He is also a Professor Emmeritus at the University of Bergen; he was Director of Bergen Offshore Wind Center (BOW) until end of 2022 and was previously employed at Norsk Hydro and Statoil/Equinor.
“I am very pleased that Andrew Garrad and Finn Gunnar Nielsen have agreed to act as advisors to our team. It will give us great security and credibility in the face of future technical decisions, as we include their experience and expertise throughout the process. I have known both Andrew and Finn Gunnar for more than 10 years and there are few who can match their knowledge and experience in the industry.” Johan Sandberg, CEO.