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ABB’s Power Grids business has been awarded an order from the Aibel/Keppel FELS consortium, which will design, construct, and build the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission system for the offshore wind connection project DolWin5. ABB is the HVDC technology provider. This project will deliver 900 megawatts of zero-carbon electricity – enough to power around 1 million homes – from three wind farms some 100 km off the German coast. It is scheduled for completion in 2024.

The order includes the converter platform in the North Sea, as well as an on-shore converter station located in Emden, in the Lower Saxony region of Ger-many. TenneT, a leading European electricity transmission system operator, with activities in the Netherlands and in Germany, is responsible for providing power links to the offshore wind farms in this cluster.

ABB’s HVDC solution is used to transport the power generated by offshore wind farms very efficiently by converting the alternate current (AC) to direct current (DC) on the converter platform. That makes it possible to transmit the power through a 130-kilometer-long DC cable system with very low losses to the mainland. In the onshore converter station, the power is converted back to AC and then integrated into the transmission grid. ABB HVDC’s offshore wind connection solutions are compact and modular to specifically address the challenges of the offshore wind industry and support a substantial improvement in LCOE (Levelized Cost Of Electricity), as well as carbon foot-print.

With the use of ABB’s voltage source converter technology, commercialized under the name HVDC Light®, it is possible to keep the conversion losses very low. Additionally, the order will also include the ABB Ability™ Modular Advanced Control for HVDC (MACHTM), which is instrumental in controlling the complex connection between wind farms and the on-shore AC grid.

As part of its energy transition (“Energiewende”), Germany’s plans to generate 65 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2030. A rapidly growing pro-portion of this clean energy is generated in huge offshore wind farms in the North Sea. In just 10 years, Germany’s offshore wind production has grown from zero to 6,382 MW, making it the world’s second largest offshore wind pro-ducer after the UK.

Source: ABB

LCOE global de referencia: fotovoltaica, eólica y baterías. Fuente BNEF. / Global LCOE benchmarks – PV, wind and batteries. Source: BloombergNEF.

Two technologies that were immature and expensive only a few years ago but are now at the center of the unfolding low-carbon energy transition have seen spectacular gains in cost-competitiveness in the last year. The latest analysis by research company BloombergNEF (BNEF) shows that the benchmark LCOE for lithium-ion batteries has fallen 35% to $187 per megawatt-hour since the first half of 2018. Meanwhile, the benchmark LCOE for offshore wind has tumbled by 24%.

Onshore wind and photovoltaic solar have also gotten cheaper, their respective benchmark LCOE reaching $50 and $57 per megawatt-hour for projects starting construction in early 2019, down 10% and 18% on the equivalent figures of a year ago.

BNEF’s analysis shows that the LCOE per megawatt-hour for onshore wind, solar PV and offshore wind have fallen by 49%, 84% and 56% respectively since 2010. That for lithium-ion battery storage has dropped by 76% since 2012, based on recent project costs and historical battery pack prices. Looking back over this decade, there have been staggering improvements in the cost-competitiveness of these low-carbon options, thanks to technology innovation, economies of scale, stiff price competition and manufacturing experience.

The most striking finding in this LCOE Update, for the first-half of 2019, is on the cost improvements in lithium-ion batteries. These are opening up new opportunities for them to balance a renewables-heavy generation mix. Batteries co-located with solar or wind projects are starting to compete, in many markets and without subsidy, with coal- and gas-fired generation for the provision of ‘dispatchable power’ that can be delivered whenever the grid needs it (as opposed to only when the wind is blowing, or the sun is shining).

Electricity demand is subject to pronounced peaks and lows inter-day. Meeting the peaks has previously been the preserve of technologies such as open-cycle gas turbines and gas reciprocating engines, but these are now facing competition from batteries with anything from one to four hours of energy storage, according to the report.

Offshore wind has often been seen as a relatively expensive generation option compared to onshore wind or solar PV. However, auction programs for new capacity, combined with much larger turbines, have produced sharp reductions in capital costs, taking BNEF’s global benchmark for this technology below $100 per MWh, compared to more than $220 just five years ago.

Although the LCOE of solar PV has fallen 18% in the last year, the great majority of that decline happened in the third quarter of 2018, when a shift in Chinese policy caused there to be a huge global supply glut of modules, rather than over the most recent months.

Source: BloombergNEF

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Cobra Wind International Ltd, subsidiary of “Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios” has awarded the JV partners Navantia-Windar the award of five offshore wind floating foundations, for assembly and delivery at the Navantia Fene yard in Spain, where the construction of one similar unit for Windfloat Atlantic is being carried out.

The five units shall be installed at the Kinkardine offshore wind farm, situated approximately 15 kilometers southeast of Aberdeen in the UK, and shall be provided with 9,5 MW turbines.

Construction works shall start in May 2019 with the plate cutting and forming at Windar premises in Avilés, and will continue at the factory of Fene with the fabrication of the remaining components and assembly of the units until April 2020. The workload is estimated in 1.250.000 man hours for the production of approximately 15.000 t of steel.

With this project, Navantia-Windar consolidate its position as market leader in floating foundations, having constructed 5 spar-type units for the Hwind project (Statoil, UK), and one unit for Windfloat Atlantic (Windplus, Portugal).

Source: Navantia

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By the end of 2017, offshore wind had only been deployed commercially across seven markets, with UK and Germany accounting for 68 percent of the grid-connected capacity. However, according to a recent report from Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, global offshore wind power demand will increase almost sixfold over the coming 10 years with projects deployed commercially across 18 countries by 2027.

As the pool of offshore markets is expanding beyond a handful markets in Europe, local content policies in different forms are becoming an increasingly important topic for developers and suppliers as governments look to bolster their local industry and create more job opportunities for local labour forces. While the influence of local content policies has been limited thus far, these policies will impact 72 percent of future demand.

Innovations will help offset reductions in subsidies

The deployment of next-generation turbines will double average turbine ratings globally over the next 10 years and in turn subdue growing demand in the balance of plant segments in terms of number of units and material per MW – most notably in the foundation space, where the average monopile weight per MW will decrease by 36% by 2023 in Europe.

Similarly, the average installation time per MW for turbine and foundation campaigns has been halved in Europe since 2010 and is set to continue. The transmission space is also undergoing holistic innovations where capacities are being increased and materials reduced.

Consolidation and globalization characterize the offshore supply chain

The proliferation of demand in new markets globalizes the European supply chain and motivates the entry of new suppliers. This is particularly true when supported by local content policies as the pressures in Europe lead to consolidation across the European supply chain – especially in the installation segments. Furthermore, the report points out that the high growth rates in offshore wind makes it increasingly attractive for oil and gas companies looking to leverage their offshore experience.

Average LCOE in Europe will halve between 2018 and 2027

Average CAPEX for European offshore projects is dropping quickly, mainly driven by the increased competition in wind farm development, increasing turbine size, and economies of scale. CAPEX and OPEX across Europe will drop, on average, by 36 percent and 55 percent respectively by 2027.

Offshore LCOE across Europe is also projected to go down at a fast pace with the average LCOE across Europe for grid-connected projects expected to reach 53.6 €/MWh by 2027, dropping from approximately 107 €/MWh in 2018.

Source: Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables

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Mayflower Wind Energy LLC (Mayflower) is the provisional winner of block 0521 in today’s offshore wind auction hosted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Mayflower bid $135M for the exclusive rights to develop the federal commercial wind energy.

Mayflower is a 50:50 joint venture between EDPR Offshore North America LLC and Shell New Energies US LLC (Shell). Once constructed, the lease area could accommodate a total generation capacity of approximately 1.6 gigawatts (GW), enough to power more than 680,000 average Massachusetts homes with clean electricity each year.

A growing population and rising living standards alongside the need for reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions will require changes to the energy system. Given this changing energy landscape, Shell is seeking commercial opportunities to expand its existing electricity generation from renewable power, including offshore wind, with the aim of providing customers with more and cleaner energy.

This announcement enables EDPR to increase its growth options in the attractive offshore wind market, thereby enhancing and diversifying the company’s long-term profitable growth options while maintaining a balanced risk profile.

Mayflower will begin working to complete a site assessment plan and initiate formal development efforts on the site, and subject to a positive final investment decision, could bring the wind farm into operation by the mid-2020s.

Source: EDP Renewables

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The offshore sector of the wind industry has made headlines in recent months. It has progressed rapidly, both in technical innovation and in the competitiveness of offshore energy in the electricity market. Many of the companies active in the offshore wind market are presenting their portfolios at WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s leading expo for onshore and offshore wind energy, from 25 to 28 September. The expo will be held in parallel with the global conference of WindEurope at the Hamburg Messe site – together they comprise the Global Wind Summit, the biggest and most important meeting of the wind industry worldwide. WindEnergy Hamburg is expecting more than 1,400 exhibitors from all parts of the world, with about 40% of them showcasing products or services for offshore wind farms. The range covers the whole of the value chain, from turbines, towers and foundations to gearboxes, generators, bearings, shafts and lubes to O&M solutions and installation vessels.

Global world market growth

Besides main offshore wind market Europe, other geographical regions of the world might start experiencing quick growth too in the next years says GWEC in its 2017 Global Wind Report. The organization points at emerging markets with huge interest in the technology and substantial growth potential including Taiwan, South Korea, the US (east-coast), Japan, India, Brazil, and Australia. China is already the largest offshore market outside Europe, with according Wikipedia ‘Liste der Offshore-Windparks’ statistics close to 2 GW operation at the end of 2017. Among Chinese offshore wind exhibitors in Hamburg are turbine OEM’s Envison Energy and Ming Yang.

Offshore according GWEC represented last year about 8% of the global market, and represents 3.5% of the cumulative installed capacity but growing fast. Global offshore installations in 2017 were 4,334 MW, of which around 27% installed in markets outside Europe. Overall, there are now 18,814 MW of installed offshore capacity around the world.

According WindEurope’s report Offshore Wind in Europe; Key trends and statistics 2017, Europe’s net installed capacity, spread over 560 new turbines across 17 wind farms, increased last year by 3,148 MW. The average offshore turbine capacity more than doubled to 5.9 MW over the past decade, and 23% higher set against 2016. Project size for offshore windfarms under construction during 2017 grew to 493 MW from a 79.6 MW average in 2007. Current windfarm size record holder is the 1.2 GW Hornsea One project (UK) with construction start this year. A 2017 floating wind milestone was the commissioning of the world’s first windfarm, Scotland’s 30 MW Hywind II consisting of five 6 MW Siemens Gamesa direct drive turbines.

Internationally, new innovative technology and fresh solutions for ‘traditional’ fixed-bottom and floating wind generate huge interest. A number of Belgian exhibitors all active in offshore wind jointly represent themselves in Hamburg as the BOC VZW Belgian Offshore Cluster in a national pavilion. BOC is an association of offshore wind industry co-suppliers with around 60 members. “At the Belgian pavilion at WindEnergy Hamburg our partners will highlight their specific know-how and experiences to international wind industry visitors”, said BOC chairman Christophe Dehaene.

A main overall theme for all international contenders is how to successfully enter new and emerging markets. The Global Wind Summit in Hamburg offers therefore an excellent platform opportunity. A second main theme is achieving optimized cost-effectiveness through the deployment of next-generation large-scale turbines.

Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas dominate Europe’s largest offshore wind market with direct drive and medium-speed geared turbine solutions respectively, in ratings up to 9.5 MW. They and other exhibitors like GE Renewable Energy and Senvion all explore next-generation 10-15MW+ future platforms. German engineering consultancy aerodyn-engineering develops a fully integrated 15 MW floating system incorporating twin 7.5MW two-bladed counter-rotating downwind turbines with 150-metre rotor diameters.

107-metre rotor blades

GE’s 12MW Haliade X direct drive turbine in development features a record 220-metre rotor composed of 107-metre blades developed by LM Wind Power of Denmark. The turbine with first deliveries planned in 2021 features only 316W/m2 specific power rating, a configuration showing future direction for other large-scale turbine developments. Such supersize rotor offers higher yields especially during periods with little wind. When this in specific offshore wind markets coincides with high wind power penetration levels under liberalized market conditions, it could contribute to better electricity prices. A related positive impact is enhanced grid stability. All these aspects form integral part of many different smart energy solutions including intermediate storage technologies being developed by Hamburg WindEnergy exhibitors from across the world. They will explain international visitors too on the latest technology advancements regarding industrialization, with increased use of ‘big data.’ This offers for offshore wind farms combined benefits like higher operating reliability through better longer-term failure prediction and smarter cost-reducing O&M solutions. This long-time turbine tracking could result in more advanced windfarm upkeep strategies primarily aimed at further driving down offshore LCOE.


Monopiles remained according WindEurope with 87% of all new installed foundations the most popular substructure solution in 2017, with Jackets taking second position with 9.4%. WindEnergy Hamburg exhibitors EEW Group and SIF Netherlands led Europe’s total offshore substructure market with shares of 53% and 24.1% respectively. “EEW SPC manufactures monopiles currently up to 10-m diameter. Our daughter company EEW OSB produces TP’s in the UK and EEW Group also manufactures pre-fabricated components for jackets. This range of products made by EEW offers flexibility to our existing clients and will enable a necessary leap forward in emerging main offshore markets like the US and Asia”, said Michael Hof, COO/Managing Director of EEW SPC.


The largest Monopiles available weigh around 1,500 around tonnes, which puts additional pressure to continuously upgrade vessel, foundation handling and hoisting gear capacities and performance. Multiple windfarm installation specialists will show their combined in-house capabilities to Hamburg WindEnergy visitors. Exhibitor Van Oord Offshore recently took delivery of a new 1600-tonne main crane re-fitted at its self-propelled Aeolus jack-up, initially commissioned in 2014 with 900-tonne crane. Damen Shipyards will inform visitors about its novel ‘walk-to-work’ Service Operations Vessel (SOV) for offshore windfarm upkeep.

Floating solutions

Several international floater developers will highlight their dedicated floating concepts to WindEnergy Hamburg visitors, like aerodyn-engineering and GustoMSC (semi-submersible) and Gicon (tension-leg, TLP), while spar-type solutions are characterized by their operational stability. Gicon Founder Prof. Jochen Grossmann: “WindEnergy Hamburg 2018 is for us an important international platform. Last year Gicon teamed up with US-based Glosten, developer of the Pelastar TLP. We in-house developed Gicon-SOF TLP technology during the past decade. Individual strengths of both commercially-ready products will be combined into a new hybrid solution for the global floating wind market, and we will show international visitors all features and benefits.” Floating offshore wind in general enjoys growing wind industry interest, reflected by the increasing number of projects and the larger turbines sizes selected for these platforms.

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The innovative 28 MW offshore wind power project located in the waters of North-western Denmark is fullyoperational, producing power for customers Nissum Bredning Vindmøllelaug and Jysk Energi since early 2018. Utilizing the first serial-manufactured SWT-7.0-154 direct drive offshore wind turbines, the project is a showcase of Siemens Gamesa’s commitment to innovation and reducing costs. The wind turbines and further technological advancements have fulfilled expectations and are now in preparation to become available for commercial deployment.

Nissum Bredning Vind is a small project capacity-wise, especially when compared to other offshore wind power projects. But it is extremely significant in terms of innovation. Siemens Gamesa has tested and validated several new technologies here, from a 66 kV transmission system to jacket foundations with concrete transition pieces to a cable-in-pipe installation. These innovations all share the common goal of reducing the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCoE) from offshore wind

Cost reductions of up to 30% compared to traditional elements can be provided by some of the elements installed at Nissum Bredning Vind. The innovative cable-in-pipe installation, where standard onshore cables are installed in plastic pipes from the mainland as well as between the wind turbines, lowers capital expenditures compared to employing offshore cables. Gravity jacket foundations provide a soil interface at normal water depths which can be made more cost-efficient versus classic jacket foundations. Furthermore, the concrete transition piece can be made at a cost level of up to 30% lower than a steel transition piece. Also, the 66 kV transmission system reduces transmission losses, providing the customer with a higher energy output – and thus higher revenue – from each wind turbine.

Source: Siemens Gamesa

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Haizea Wind has inaugurated at the Port of Bilbao one of the largest wind towers and offshore foundations manufacturing plants in Europe. The total investment made between the construction of the building, its equipment and commissioning has exceeded 60 million euros. This unique, state-of-the-art plant, has on the one hand, around 77,000 m2 on the AZ-2 quay of the Extension of the port, specifically in the Zierbena area, with direct access to the berthing line, which has a depth of 21 metres. These wide draughts and the proximity to the berthing line will allow to guarantee the most competitive entry and exit logistics without dimensional restrictions.

On the other hand, the facility itself is 500 metres long and is made of three bays, each 35 metres wide. It is also equipped with state-of-the-art machinery, which allows it to produce large, high quality pieces with the shortest lead times. The factory’s capabilities have been developed to cover the current and future dimensions of offshore towers and foundations.

In full production capacity, Haizea Wind can manufacture 300 sections of offshore towers per year of 50 meters long and up to 8.6 meters diameter and a plate thickness of 130 mm. These wind towers constitute one of the main elements of a wind power generator.

In addition, the plant will also manufacture other large parts used in offshore wind farms such as monopiles and transition pieces (TPs). It will produce 100 monopiles per year of 100 metres long and up to 10.5 metres of diameter.

The raw material used is carbon steel sheets, most of which is delivered from nearby steel mills; flanges, also made of steel, and internal electrical and mechanical components. Specifically, the plant is expected to use, among other raw materials, around 142,500 tons of thick steel sheets and 7,500 tons of flanges. In total, it will provide the port a traffic of nearly 150,000 tonnes/year when it is at full production capacity. In addition, beside contributing to tonnage handling, this project will provide added value due to its strategic quality both for the port and for the Basque Country.

Production has commenced with 86 employees, but it will have between 250 and 300 when it operates at full capacity.

The Port of Bilbao at the service of a booming Basque wind energy industry

This strategic project is the result of public-private collaboration. The construction was carried out by the joint venture formed by the companies Construcciones Intxausti, Byco (Inbisa Construcción) and Gaimaz Infraestructuras y Servicios. Its construction and use are part of the Port Authority’s investment plan to activate the implementation of logistic-industrial projects, such as wind power, which provide traffic and generate jobs, resources and wealth for the territory, since – besides the jobs created directly by the company- due to the type and size of the pieces, will encourage an increase in lashing and stevedoring works.

Haizea Wind Group (HWG) is an industrial group, based in Bilbao and with a wide experience in the manufacture of wind towers with a global and international outlook. Its goal is to become a global supplier to the wind energy sector.

The Port of Bilbao plant is the group’s second start-up in six months, the first being a wind tower factory in Argentina, which has been built under the umbrella of a joint venture with a local manufacturer. Under the name of Haizea-Sica, it has started to operate in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will reach a production of 350 sections per year.

The third step towards globalization is the signing of another joint venture in Saudi Arabia with the local company Al-Babtain, which will be entirely dedicated to the production of towers. The plant is located in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), on the west coast of the country, near the cities of Jeddah, Mecca and Medina. The plant will begin construction in the second half of 2018, so that the first sections can be produced and delivered to customers during the first half of 2019. The capacity of the plant will be 350 sections per year.

Source: Haizea Wind

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After one year from ROMEO’s kick off meeting, consortium partners have met the 5th and 6th of June in Copenhagen to celebrate their General Assembly. The main objective of this internal meeting is to perform a follow up of the project and define the next steps in order to achieve the success. All consortium partners have had the chance to show the project progress and coordinate the next steps.

The meeting has been hosted by Ramboll, in Copenhagen, marking a milestone in the development of ROMEO. This project is awarded by the European Commission with a Horizon2020 Programme grant of €10 million and a total budget of approximately €16 million running for 5 years.

The General Assembly meeting is a useful opportunity to develop constructive discussions about the different areas, and, to move forward towards the final objective of the project: reduce the cost of offshore wind energy and boost the renewables industry.

ROMEO project aims to reduce the operation and maintenance costs of offshore wind farms through the use of advanced monitoring strategies and tools, as well as to analyse the performance of the wind farm turbines in real time.

To reach this achievement ROMEO develops a cloud-based platform which will accommodate models for diagnosing and predicting faults in WT components. This platform will promote better understanding of the performance of the main wind turbine components in operation, aiming to extend their lifetime and to reduce operation and maintenance costs.

Project requirements defined as a solid roadmap

During the first year of ROMEO, project requirements have been defined as a solid roadmap to ensure that is developed under a methodical approach towards a condition monitoring strategy for relevant critical components.

Additionally, a common framework for structuring the project and the designations to be used has been established. This is particularly important for the three windfarm pilot scenarios in terms of turbine and structure components.

As one of the first steps of ROMEO project, FMECA workshops were organized. The objective of the Failure Mode Effect Analysis Workshops was to define components/failures to be analysed in the project, both for the wind turbine and the substructure. The failure modes that apply for predictive maintenance were identified according to their criticality. The output of this set of workshops laid the basis for validation of the technical work packages included in the project.

Backbone of O&M Information Management Platform starts to be developed

Other key milestone that will allow set the solid structure of the project is the O&M information management system already configured. The platform will be able to suit processing and interrogation of all incoming data streams, from a variety of sources from both, human and machine interfaces.
At the same time, ROMEO has started the development of physical models for a running design and specification of support structure monitoring problem for wind warms is already done.
During the KoM, the partners also discussed the progress of the three pilot tests that will be developed in the framework of ROMEO and will allow to test and verify the data analytic and O&M tools. Last December Iberdrola successfully connected Wikinger (Germany) wind farm, one of the three multi-scale offshore pilots. Some innovations of the project will be also tested at Teeside and East Anglia ONE (both in the UK) wind farms. To that end, the definition of architecture for data acquisition and analytics ecosystem has been almost finished for the 3 pilots during the first 12 months of the project.

The meeting has been also a good chance to present the latest advances of the dissemination and communication strategy of the project focused on reaching the stakeholders and the general public, building a solid ROMEO knowledge.

Finally, steps towards the definition of the exploitation strategy of the project have been defined. Partners are working on the definition of their results, products and services expected to hit the market.

About ROMEO project

The consortium of the project, made up of European companies and entities covering the entire value chain of the sector, is working on the development of an analytical and management platform enabling the decision-making process to be improved and facilitating the development of current Operation and Maintenance (O&M) strategies based on corrective measures to innovative strategies in real time, and on the degradation of the components of the main wind farm structures.

Through their participation in relevant events and conferences, is expected that ROMEO partners will reach all the main stakeholders of the sector. On this way the ROMEO project will contribute to improve the wind Energy sector, as one of the most innovative in the world and the best set down at the forefront of the European industry.

The ROMEO project, due for completion in 2022, consists of a consortium made up of 12 entities from 6 EU member states and one associated country. In addition to IBERDROLA (project Coordinator), the consortium include EDF, ADWEN, Siemens Gamesa, RAMBOLL, IBM Research Zurich, INDRA, BACHMANN, LAULAGUN Bearings, UPTIME Engineering, ZABALA Innovation Consulting and Cranfield University.

Source: ZABALA Innovation Consulting

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It’s only six months now until the start of the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg, the biggest and most important meeting of the wind industry worldwide. It combines the world’s leading wind industry expo WindEnergy Hamburg with the global conference of WindEurope to create a high-powered, unique platform for business, networking and information for the onshore and offshore wind industry. These two top events, the expo and the conference, will be held side by side from 25 to 28 September 2018 at the Hamburg Messe site. Exhibitors, visitors and conference participants are expected from some 100 countries. The 9 exhibition halls of the leading wind industry expo WindEnergy Hamburg are already almost fully booked, which means about 1,400 exhibitors and some 35,000 trade visitors will be there in September. The WindEurope Conference, to be held inside the exhibition, features more than 500 speakers and presentations, providing a first-class programme on the issues facing the global wind industry. “The expo and the conference complement one another to provide a combination unmatched anywhere in the world,” says Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress. “Hamburg brings together all of the main decision-makers from both business and government,” says Giles Dickson, CEO WindEurope, “giving vital input for the continued progress of the wind energy worldwide.”

WindEnergy Hamburg – focus on three main topics

WindEnergy Hamburg is the only global industry expo for the onshore and offshore industry. The 1,400 exhibitors expected there from 35 countries include all the leading international companies and specialist suppliers for the whole of the value chain. They present their product innovations and customised solutions for the wind industry on a total of more than 65,000 square metres of exhibition space. “The strong showing by globally active companies means that every organisation with a name and reputation in the international business will be represented in Hamburg, showcasing their innovations,” notes Bernd Aufderheide.

WindEnergy Hamburg 2018 puts the focus on three major subjects: “Dynamic Markets”, “CostEfficiency” and “Smart Energy”. “How to develop new markets, how to make your product competitive in auctions, and how to use wind power for all the energy applications and needs of the future – those are some of the decisive questions to which visitors will get answers,” says Bernd Aufderheide in summary. “The Global Wind Summit in Hamburg is the place to meet key players, pioneers, and new start-ups in the industry with their highly specialised products and services, helping to drive further progress of the wind industry worldwide.” In addition to these three major areas, the exhibitors at the world’s leading wind industry expo explicitly cover all the thematic areas of this innovative industry. That applies both to technology

and to the major wind markets around the world. More than 20 national pavilions with representatives from very different countries and regions present their wind energy expertise. The national flags on the pavilions range from China to South Korea and the United States to a whole series of European countries. The Danish stand occupies the most space, that is the whole of Hall B1 (ground floor). Trade visitors and delegations from all continents are expected in Hamburg.

Innovation showcase, ideal networking opportunity

The stands at the fair are a great place for trade visitors to meet specialised companies that cover all the major products and services in the value chain – turbines and rotor blades, electric components, logistics, safety equipment, finance and insurance, innovative materials and smart energy. Visitors can take the “Storage Tour”, which guides them to exhibitors with solutions for the storage of renewable energy, distributed in various halls around the expo. The specific requirements for offshore applications are covered in a number of halls, for example companies with special-purpose ships, and suppliers of components and services from the maritime sector.

Start-ups will have their own section at the world’s leading wind energy expo. That includes for example the stand for “Young Innovative Businesses”, which has funding from the German Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). WindEnergy Hamburg also gives international start-ups dedicated to innovations in the smart energy sector opportunities for speed-dating, to help them make contact with global partners. Another opportunity to find new business partners is the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), which invites all exhibitors and visitors at WindEnergy Hamburg to a B2B Matchmaking Event, that is WindEnergyMatch 2018 on 27 and 28 September.

WindEurope Conference inside the exhibition

The world’s most important onshore and offshore wind conference in 2018, organised by WindEurope, is also global in its coverage. There’ll be more than 500 speakers and presentations, giving participants the best insight into the future of the wind industry. Industry, government, academia and other stakeholders will focus for four days on the challenges and opportunities facing wind energy. The conference will take place inside the exhibition site using the presentation rooms on the upper floors of exhibition halls B3 and B4.

WindEnergy Hamburg and Husum Wind

The Global Wind Summit will be held in Hamburg, the capital of the wind industry, from 25 to 28 September 2018. It comprises WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s leading wind industry expo for the onshore and offshore markets, with some 1,400 exhibitors presenting their product innovations and projects and covering the whole of the value chain. In parallel, the Global Onshore and Offshore Conference will be held by WindEurope in the halls of Hamburg Messe. HUSUM Wind will be held from 10 to 13 September 2019, focusing on the most important core market of the industry – the German wind energy market, which is the technology leader. More than 650 exhibitors of the onshore and offshore wind industry will present their key products and innovations. This traditional meeting point, held every two years in the middle of the trailblazing wind region on the German North Sea coast, is ideal for intensive exchanges between the industry experts, generating added value for practical application.