Start date: 22/09/2020 09:30

End date: 22/09/2020 10:40

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SDI & CBBC UK-China Offshore Wind Webinar Series- Session 4

Our Event

September 22

The British Embassy in Beijing and the China-Britain Business Council are delighted to invite you to our UK-China Offshore Wind Webinar Series, taking place from June to November 2020. These webinars are designed for leading industry experts and companies from both countries to discuss common technical and operational challenges, and identify areas for future collaboration. 

Session 4: R&D Trends and Emerging Technologies

Our fourth webinar on 22nd September will be on R&D and emerging technologies in the offshore wind industry. The first speaker, David Findlay, who represents ORE Catapult in their TORC JV with China's Tus Wind, will introduce the latest cohort of UK innovators, including five Scottish firms that they have supported to secure major collaborations with Chinese partners. These include Aleron Group, whose commercial director, Gary McConnell, will then present on their advanced subsea robotic systems and in particular the MultiROV product. 

Webinar Details:
Date: Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Time: 16:30-17:40 (CST), 9:30-10:40 (BST)
Language:  English, with bilingual slides provided.
Webinar Host : Kevin LIU, Head of  China, APAC Head of Energy, Scottish Development International

Webinar Agenda :
  • 16:30 - 16:35  Opening Remarks from SDI, Kevin Liu, Head of China, APAC Head of Energy, SDI
  • 16:35 - 16:55  R&D and Innovation in Scotland’s Offshore Wind Industry, David Findlay, UK Vice General Manager, TUS-ORE Catapult Research Centre
  • 16:55 - 17:15  Subsea Robotics for Offshore Wind, Gary McConnell, Commercial Director, Aleron Group
  • 17:15 -17: 35 Q&A
  • 17:35 - 17:40 Closing Remarks

Webinar Platform:
This webinar will be held on ZOOM. It is important that you download and install Zoom (desktop client or mobile App) in advance of the session. Please use the correct Zoom version, as using a different version may result in difficulties in joining the session. Desktop client and mobile App are both available at: and

Speaker Profiles:

David Findlay

Vice General Manager (UK)
TUS-ORE Catapult Research Centre (TORC)

David Findlay is a Mechanical Engineer with 15 years' experience working in marine energy. Whilst at University, he worked closely with Professor Stephen Salter – the inventor of Salter’s Duck – a pioneering wave energy development from the 1970s. Since then David has working on several innovative wave and tidal energy developments including Scotrenewables floating tidal system and the WET-NZ wave energy device from New Zealand. David invented the WaveNET coupled wave array, and SQUID wave energy module, and founded Albatern wave power where he led the design, build and deployment of a series of pioneering wave energy projects from 2007 – 2017. David joined TORC as Vice General Manager (UK) in 2019.

About TUS-ORE Catapult Research Centre (TORC):

Tus ORE Catapult (TORC) is a joint venture between the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, one of the World’s leading offshore wind test and verification centres and Tus Wind, a subsidiary of Tus Holdings – one of the world’s leading new technology innovation, incubations and investment vehicles. TORC was established to promote collaboration in offshore renewable energy and the Blue Economy between the UK and China.

Gary McConnell
Commercial Director
Aleron Group

Gary joined the Oil and Gas Industry in 2005 as a casing and piping technician offshore. Shortly after in 2007 he accepted a role as an ROV Mechanical Technician building the mechanical components of Sub-Atlantics Electric Vehicles. From here Gary progressed through the business leaving as their Sales Manager, having ran their customer support and ROV tooling sales departments for the wider group owner Forum Subsea. 
In 2015 Gary joined Aleron Subsea as Commercial Manager.

About Aleron Group:

Aleron Subsea design and manufacture ROV systems, providing integrated services to meet the requirements in industries such as offshore oil and gas and offshore wind. To date this has been the AUXROV, TRACKROV and we are soon to launch our MultiROV system. With a range of in house components and using our own Gladaitor control system we offer flexible innovative designs which have evolved with industry demands. The Gladiator control system also acts as an ROV upgrade package, replacing ageing electronics and updating their capabilities to today’s technical expectations.