Past Event

Offshore Wind Skills Academy

MondayMarch 11 - 15, 2019 Other | Paid Event Register Here
Newark Campus
540 S. College Ave. University of Delaware Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus
19713 Newark , DE
United States
Delaware US
Contact Information

For more information or questions regarding the Offshore Wind Skills Academy, please contact Rebecca Cox at or 302-831-2336.

  • Svend W. Enevoldsen
    Marine Engineer, B.Sc. Business Development Engineer
  • Lars Høst Johansen
    M.Sc. Mechanical Engineer
  • Kaj Lindvig
  • Aileen Kenney
    Head of Development and Permitting
    Ørsted US
  • Boone Davis
  • James Bennett
    Program Manager
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Renewable Energy Program

The University of Delaware and the Danish Energy and Climate Academy (ECA) have jointly created an Offshore Wind Skills Academy (OWSA). OWSA builds on both the ECA’s experience training over 2,000 European wind power professionals and UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment’s research and graduate education in U.S. offshore wind power.

The OWSA is targeted for professionals from traditional energy industries, supply chain companies, regulators, investors, consultants and any others who may be new to the offshore wind industry. (OWSA is not targeted to trades, vessel operators and craftsmen; training for them is being developed at the local level.)  OWSA will draw lecturers from industry experts, including project developers, original equipment manufacturers and engineers, all with European or North American experience.  The OWSA fills an important gap in the path to develop and rapidly expand this new industry in North America.


March 11, 2019: Introduction to Offshore Wind, one-day short course, $800
March 11 and 12, 2019: Introduction to Offshore Wind, full two-day introduction, $1,600
March 13, 14 and 15, 2019: Offshore Wind Farm Project Development, three days, $2,400

Costs include light breakfast, catered lunch and course materials.

A limited number of support scholarships are available for advanced students in wind power graduate programs.

European instructors

Svend W. Enevoldsen, Marine Engineer, B.Sc. Business Development Engineer
Svend W. Enevoldsen is an experienced consultant with more than 30 years of experience as an executive in the Danish wind industry and lecturer for more than 1,800 engineers. Through his company, Ecology Management, he has been working worldwide for banks, original equipment manufacturers, insurance companies, the United Nations, governments, universities and others since 1995.

Lars Høst Johansen, M.Sc. Mechanical Engineer
Before joining the Ørsted wind department, where he serves as TD roadmap manager, Lars Høst Johansen spent close to 10 years as a product engineer at Vestas.

Kaj Lindvig
Kaj Lindvig has been a top executive and board member within the offshore wind power business for 15 years. He has deep experience in the offshore wind sector and formerly served as CEO of A2SEA A/S and chairman of the board for K2 Management A/S.

U.S. instructors

Aileen Kenney, Head of Development and Permitting, Ørsted US
Aileen Kenney has extensive U.S. experience working with federal and state agencies, local Native American tribes, and fishing and environmental organizations. She successfully permitted the Block Island Wind Farm and transmission system, including developing measures to protect the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. Prior to joining Ørsted, Kenney permitted wind and other energy projects for over 15 years. She has an M.A. in environmental science and policy from Clark University.

Boone Davis
Boone Davis is an expert in U.S. offshore wind construction and associated supply chain with significant, on-the-ground experience in both the first proposed and the first constructed offshore wind farms in the United States. He has held multiple offshore wind leadership roles in the North American market. His consultancy assignments have included supply chain analysis, labor strategy and gap identification, master planning, market entry, and safety planning and management. Davis holds U.S. certifications in CPR, work at height and sea survival.

James Bennett, Program Manager for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Renewable Energy Program
James Bennett oversees the development of renewable energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) by using planning, stakeholder engagement, environmental analysis and technical review. He previously led BOEM’s Division of Environmental Assessment, overseeing its compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental laws for OCS programs, including oil and gas, sand and gravel, and renewable energy. Bennett has master’s degrees in environmental planning and in computer systems management.