Filipe Ângelo

Wind Energy Consultant

"We can reach out to so many people with different backgrounds and fields of expertise, and that is one of the great things about our organisation."

As a chief consultant in Ramboll’s division for offshore wind, I manage projects with clients from all over the world and present them with sustainable, technically sound and cost-effective solutions. 

Wide-ranging backgrounds and expertise 

When I moved to Denmark from Portugal, I knew it was going to be a change. I knew there was going to be wind, rain and snow and I would need an extra layer of clothes to survive. But I would also get to work in one of the leading countries within offshore wind and, more specifically, within offshore foundations for wind turbines. 

When designing offshore wind foundations, there are a lot of parameters at the location to consider: wind, waves, geotechnical profiles, access, safety – you name it. To achieve an optimal solution, you need to include a range of different specialties. In Ramboll, we can reach out to so many people with different backgrounds and fields of expertise, and I think that is one of the great things about our organisation. 

Controlling climate change

It is a fascinating process to see something you sketched in a drawing become an actual life-size structure. With offshore wind foundations, it is quite special because they are sometimes taller than even Big Ben, for example. Put a turbine on top and they can get taller than the Eiffel tower! 

I think everyone is driven by something, whether you are an engineer or not. But for me, it is rewarding to know that I am doing something major for the environment and for society on the long-term scale. We may not see the effects just now, but I believe – and I think all my colleague here agree – that what we do is relevant in relation to controlling climate change, for example. 

One of my dreams would be to live long enough to see a society working purely on renewables. That would be really something. 

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