Lecture title and speakers

An Energy Futures Lab Public Lecture

A world that runs on green energy: Ørsted’s vision for the energy transition

With the UK Government’s recent commitment to deliver 40GW of offshore wind by 2030, the reality of a world that runs on green energy becomes more tangible. To fully realise this vision, industry and Government will need to work in partnership to overcome the challenges it presents and develop new regulatory and policy frameworks. Ørsted is a renewable energy company aiming to develop and deploy market leading green energy solutions that benefit the planet and energy consumers alike. A global leader in offshore wind with a 25% market share, Ørsted currently operates 12 offshore wind farms in the UK, its largest market, with more in development. In this lecture, hosted by Energy Futures Lab, Duncan Clark, Ørsted’s Head of UK, and Sophie Lewis, Senior Commercial Project Manager for Ørsted’s Hornsea Three wind farm project, will set out the company’s vision for a world powered by green energy and discuss how the UK’s wind energy ambition can be achieved. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with some of Imperial College’s leading wind energy experts.


Duncan Clark is Ørsted’s Head of Region – UK, leading the company’s operations in the UK. He joined the company in 2012 as Programme Director in offshore wind, responsible for delivering Westermost Rough and Hornsea One, a record-breaking project that has paved the way for the next generation of offshore wind farms. Duncan took up the position of Head of Region in December 2019. Before joining Ørsted, Duncan spent 18 years in the UK energy industry, primarily in renewables and energy storage, holding senior roles at Npower, Innogy and The Crown Estate.

Sophie Lewis is Senior Commercial Project Manager for the Hornsea Three offshore windfarm. Sophie graduated from Imperial College London in 2011 with an MSc in Physics. She began her career at Credit Suisse, working in the company’s Mergers & Acquisition Investment Banking division. After moving out of London, Sophie took a role as a Business Analyst for a start-up building and operating vessels used in the construction of offshore wind farms, sparking her passion for offshore wind. Sophie later worked as an Investment Analyst at the UK Green Investment Bank before joining Ørsted in 2017.

The speakers will be joined for the discussion by

  • Professor Tim Green Professor of Electrical Power Engineering at Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Co-Director, Energy Futures Lab
  • Professor Lidija Zdravkovic Professor of Computational Geomechanics at Department of Civil Engineering
  • Professor Rafael Palacios Professor of Computational Aeroelasticity at the Department of Aeronautics


  • 17:00 Welcome address by Professor Nigel Brandon, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
  • 17:05 Lecture by Duncan Clark and Sophie Lewis
  • 17:45 Vote of thanks
  • 17:50 Break
  • 17:55 Panel discussion chaired by Professor Anna Korre, Co-Director, Energy Futures Lab
  • 18:25 Closing remarks by Professor Nigel Brandon
  • 18:30 Close

About Energy Futures Lab

Energy Futures Lab is one of six Global Institutes at Imperial College London. The institute was established to address global energy challenges by identifying and leading new opportunities to serve industry, government and society at large through high quality research, evidence and advocacy for positive change. The institute aims to promote energy innovation and advance systemic solutions for a sustainable energy future by bringing together the science, engineering and policy expertise at Imperial and fostering collaboration with a wide variety of external partners.

Registration is now closed. Add event to calendar
See all events