March 28, 2019

Local Unit & Position Description

DNV GL – Energy’s Renewables group is seeking a Wind Technology Engineer to join our Wind Technology section. In our team we evaluate technical risks associated with wind farm technology for a variety of clients. This position is based out of our Montreal, Quebec office.

Tasks May Include

Participation in a broad range of technical projects within wind technology including but not limited to:

  • Calculation of turbine loading. Example work would include:
    • detailed evaluation of turbine loads to confirm site suitability using DNV GL-developed tools
    • evaluating impacts of turbine modifications (hardware and software) on turbine loads
    • assessing remaining useful life of aged turbines
    • evaluations in context of performance upgrades, wind project repowering and/or life-extension
  • Evaluate site suitability assessment prepared by OEMs.
  • Investigate and opine on wind turbine structural issues
  • Evaluation of wind project lightning-protection system (LPS) performance using DNV GL developed methods
  • Support performance of root cause analysis investigations into turbine and component failures covering inspection, documentation of field conditions, causality mapping, and engineering calculations
  • Analysis of wind turbine and meteorological data
  • Perform field and factory inspections of wind turbines and components as part of operational assessments, manufacturing quality inspections, construction monitoring, and failure investigations
  • Prepare high quality written documentation and reports conveying work performed, results, and implications
  • Write proposals for and manage small to medium size projects including client interaction and budget and schedules of internal colleagues
  • Prepare detailed reports, memos, technical notes, and email correspondence to communicate clearly and objectively to internal colleagues and clients with accuracy and technical rigor
  • Complete company required documentation in a timely manner such as Job Safety Analysis, Risk Assessments, time sheets, expense reports, inspection check sheets, tracking reports and scheduling controls
  • Business development activities including client visits, conference presentations, white papers, and proposal development
  • Propose, participate in, and/or lead DNV GL internal research activity and/or joint industry projects
  • Participation in wind industry standards committees

Position Qualifications

Requirements

  • Bachelor in relevant engineering or physics disciplines required. Masters in Wind Energy Engineering, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Civil/Structural Engineering preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years or 3 years plus advanced degree in an engineering related role, involving design and analysis
  • Minimum 3 years of experience with wind energy technology in a professional or academic role preferred. Consulting experience a plus
  • Demonstrate experience with or ability to quickly obtain competency in most of the following technical areas:
    • Experience in aeroelastic simulations of wind turbine systems (using FAST, BLADED, FLEX5, HAWC2, or similar)
    • Understanding the basics of wind turbine aerodynamic and structural design
    • Experience with or knowledgeable in wind turbine control systems
    • Solid knowledge of wind turbine systems including gearboxes, blades, pitch and yaw systems, generators, turbine controllers, towers, and foundations, electrical cabling, and SCADA systems
    • Strong computer programming background (MATLAB, Python or other transferable languages)
    • Experience with or knowledge of uncertainty, probabilistic, and statistical methods
    • Experience with or familiarity of different wind turbine platforms and manufacturers
    • Familiarity with consulting engineering business needs and expectations and proficient in project management
  • Proficient in MS Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and able to learn new software.
  • Demonstrated strong written communication skills through report origination, draft/final revisions, ability to review and comment on work of peers, and complete high-quality report deliverables. (An original writing sample will be requested as part of the selection process).
  • Ability to walk over rough or slippery terrain as experienced on heavy construction sites
  • Ability to work in inclement weather conditions as experienced across North America and in locations where wind energy projects are typically located
  • Ability to work at a desk and with a computer for extended periods as required for typical office work
  • Ability to climb a wind turbine tower ladder typically up to 100-120 m heights and perform inspections and minor mechanical and electrical tasks
  • Ability to enter confined or enclosed spaces
  • Willingness and ability to travel, up to 20% of the time
  • We conduct pre-employment background screening

**Immigration-related benefits (for example, visa sponsorship) are not available for this position**

Opportunities Beyond Business

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume and apply online.

Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.

DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

March 28, 2019

Local Unit & Position Description

DNV GL – Energy’s Renewables Advisory group is looking for a Senior Team Leader to direct the commercial operations of its respective Energy Assessment team(s) and reports directly to the Head of Section, Energy Assessment. The primary responsibilities of the Senior Team Leader include coordinating and planning the operations of its team(s), intermediate technical approval of Energy Group reports/deliverables, maintaining client relationships, and overseeing staff training and performance reviews. Along with the other Senior Team Leaders in the Energy Group, the Senior Team Leader performs the comprehensive and detailed approval of all Energy Group deliverables and presents to the Section Head for final approval. The Senior Team Leader should have expert technical skills, good business acumen, and excellent organizational and management capabilities.

This position is based out of our Montreal, Quebec office.  

Tasks May Include

Operations, Business Development and Project Delivery (70% of working hours)

  • Coordinate and plan operations of team(s);
  • Support Section Head in maintaining consistency of quality and methodology alignment across Energy Group teams;
  • Assist staff and Team Leaders in determining appropriate methodology and solutions for:
    • Solar and wind energy production assessments,
    • Other data analysis conducted by staff;
  • Perform approval of all deliverables produced from within the Senior Team Leader’s team(s);
  • Present checked and approved deliverables to Energy Group Section Head for final approval;
  • Collaborate directly with and support other departments (e.g. IE Group) in completing multidisciplinary deliverables;
  • Approve costing and scope of work descriptions of standard proposals and bids;
  • Prepare special proposals and bids;
  • Promote new Energy Group services and cross-sell other DNV GL services to clients;
  • Under the direction of Section Head, oversee list of Energy Group clients to maintain good client relationships, identify and prioritize key clients, and pursue new clients.

Staff development and human resources (30%)

  • Establish and implement training for Energy Analysts;
  • Set coordination meetings and communications with the respective team(s), in cooperation with the Team Leader(s);
  • Assist Section Head in defining job position descriptions, coordinating recruitment, and reviewing and interviewing applicants;
  • Conduct annual performance reviews of team (Energy Analysts and Team Leaders where appropriate), with support from the Team Leader.

Position Qualifications

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant engineering, atmospheric science, computer science, or mathematics field;
  • Minimum 6 years of relevant experience (experience in renewable energy is an asset);
  • 3+ years experience in renewable energy consulting is preferred;
  • Minimum 2 years of experience managing a team;
  • Extensive knowledge of solar or wind energy production assessment methodology,
  • Comprehensive understanding of the North American renewable energy market,
  • Proficiency in the statistical analysis of data,
  • Demonstrated experience getting from data to business insight,
  • Proficiency in one or more scripting languages (Matlab, R, Python, SAS),
  • Proficiency with MS Office Word/Excel/Access,
  • Strong overall computer skills and ability to learn multiple software tools,
  • Thorough knowledge of various mapping tools and map formats,
  • Familiarity with the full breadth of DNV GL services.
  • Writing technical reports suitable for project financing and communicating results to clients
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills
  • We conduct pre-employment screening

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume and apply online.

Opportunities Beyond Business

Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.

DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

March 28, 2019

Local Unit & Position Description

DNV GL – Energy is seeking a Project Manager to join our Wind Independent Engineering (IE) team. DNV GL is the world’s leading renewable energy consultant, and since the early 1980’s DNV GL’s Wind IE team has held a dominant market position for independent engineering services to support financing and construction of wind energy projects in North America. In this role, our team provides technical consulting and independent engineering services for wind project developers, financial institutions, and investors who rely upon our reports as part of their investment decision making process. The Project Manager will be responsible for organizing the technical due diligence review process to support the finance and construction of wind projects in North America; communicating and resolving technical issues with clients and lenders/investors; and travelling to project sites in all parts of the country to perform ongoing site inspections related to construction progress on infrastructure and wind equipment installation, including inspection of wind turbines up-tower. This position is based out of our Montreal or Toronto offices.

Why you should work for us?

Because within the DNV GL Energy – Renewables Advisory group, organizational culture, and more specifically how we collective influence the world for future generations, matters. Our team aims at facilitating the widespread deployment and operation of renewables to address climate change and positively impact society, achieve our purpose through the success of our customers and strive to be high-performing and innovative, which reflects the equity, respect, and diversity we wish to see in the world. Join us and be a game changer.

Tasks May Include

  • Prioritizing QHSE considerations within the team to ensure safe execution and healthy work environment 
  • Initiating and coordinating the technical review process among internal specialists (including civil and electrical engineering, energy assessment, turbine technology, permitting, etc)
  • Performing portions of the due diligence reviews, including contract and financial model (OPEX and CAPEX) reviews
  • Coordinating input from technical specialists and writing of the due diligence reports
  • Discussing and resolving technical issues with project developers and lenders/investors, including coordinating input on such issues from internal technical specialists as necessary
  • Developing and winning proposals for scopes of services related to due diligence work
  • Coordinating construction monitoring by DNV GL, including performing site inspections
  • Supporting customers through the financial closings of projects

Position Qualifications

Requirements

Note: Please submit a cover letter with your resume that details your specific knowledge in the area of the wind industry as well as your strengths relative to the other requirements.

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, or related energy field; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in engineering/construction/project management, plus 1 year of experience in the wind industry; or 2 years’ experience performing technical or financial reviews within the wind industry
  • Familiarity with energy industry technology (turbines, balance of plant, etc) and contracts (construction, supply, operations, interconnection, offtake, and/or asset management contracts); understanding of budgets and financial models
  • Project management and time management skills, including an ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines and to establish and maintain good relations with clients
  • Some concentration of experience in at least one of the following: wind industry construction and operating contracts, wind project construction, operations/asset management, wind project design/development, turbine technology, or power marketing/offtake contracting preferred 
  • Willingness and ability to travel, up to 20% of the time
  • Able to sit for long periods of time, when working in office; but also climb wind turbines with appropriate gear (approximately 100 meters up a vertical ladder in all climate conditions) and walk over rough or slippery terrain as experienced on heavy construction sites 
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills, including ability to write clear and detailed technical reports, presentations, and emails, and to clearly communicate complex technical issues to a non-technical audience. 
  • Solution-oriented thinking skills – identifying technical risks and formulating solutions or work-arounds that allow development and financing/investment to proceed
  • Displaying high integrity and honesty – clients rely on DNV GL’s independence and its responsibility to perform a rigorous but fair review of a project
  • Fluent in MS Office products
  • We conduct pre-employment background screening

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume and apply online.

Opportunities Beyond Business

Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.

DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

New report: U.S. offshore wind generates $70 billion supply chain opportunity

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America’s new offshore wind industry is taking off, and what we see now is just the tip of a vast clean energy  – and business supply chain – opportunity. A new white paper confirms this, prepared by the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) with analysis from the Renewables Consulting Group. The study projects the offshore renewable energy source will generate nearly 20 gigawatts (GW) of cost-competitive power in seven Atlantic Coast states by 2030, and nearly $70 billion in capital expenditure (CAPEX) revenue opportunity for businesses in the U.S. offshore wind supply chain.

The white paper is a first-of-its-kind analysis that offers a road map to states and a menu to suppliers for building gigawatts of new U.S. offshore wind over the next decade. It does so by quantifying the timing and pace of $68.2 billion in supply chain contracting prospects for installing the 18.6 GW of offshore wind power procurements forecasted on the Atlantic Seaboard by 2030.

The key components needed for this projected build-out include:

  • Over 1,700 offshore wind turbines and towers: $29.6 billion
  • Over 1,750 offshore wind turbine and substation foundations: $16.2 billion
  • Over 5,000 miles of power export, upland and array cables: $10.3 billion
  • Over 60 onshore and offshore substations:$ 8 billion
  • Marine support, insurance and project management activities: $ 3 billion

The study details rising commitments by states and power procurements forecast through 2030:

  • New York, 7.7 GW (9 GW by 2035)
  • New Jersey, 3.5 GW
  • Massachusetts, 3.2 GW
  • Connecticut, 2 GW
  • Maryland, 1.2 GW
  • Rhode Island, 1 GW
  • Virginia, 12 megawatts.

These commitments total more than 18 GW of U.S. offshore wind power.

As states and industry suppliers lead the way, they’re eager for more clarity about the path ahead. SIOW’s analysis illuminates the market’s supply chain needs, timing and pace, and $70 billion CAPEX for businesses to translate gigawatts into growth opportunities and build this extraordinary enterprise.

Randall Luthi, President, National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), puts it in perspective: “This report provides a roadmap for companies that will create new jobs and generate competition, which means better prices for producers and better electricity rates for consumers in the future. NOIA has long advocated for all-of-the-above energy and new offshore energy growth in America. Our members look forward to participating in the massive opportunity presented by offshore wind. The report identifies significant opportunities for the supply chain that will build, supply and support the U.S. offshore wind sector. We’re watching a new industry grow right here off our shores and NOIA’s members are enthusiastic to be a part of this energy future.”

“Gulf Island Fabrication constructed the foundations for the five turbines at Block Island, RI – we know the power and value of offshore wind,” said Bill Blanchard, Senior Vice President, Business Development, at the Texas-based firm. “This new study shows there’s a lot more where that came from. Five foundations down, 1,750 more to go. That’s the kind of business opportunity the offshore energy industry can get excited about.”

“In quantifying the industrialization of offshore wind in the U.S., this white paper illustrates just how much potential there is in the sector, top to bottom,” said Jason Folsom, Boston-based U.S. National Sales Director for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. “It presents an exceptionally compelling case on the emergence of offshore wind as an engine for U.S. energy transition.” The firm plans to install 84 of its new 9.5 megawatts (MW) turbines in Massachusetts’ 800 MW Vineyard Wind project, which will be America’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm.

Click here to read the full white paper: Supply Chain Contracting Forecast for U.S. Offshore Wind Power.