WindEnergy Hamburg came to a close with highly positive results: international visitors and exhibitors from all parts of the world, numerous reports of successful business deals and the development of new markets. Hamburg, the wind industry capital, not only hosted the world’s biggest wind industry meeting ever, but also provided the ideal conditions for further development of the industry. The international wind market will grow by a great many megawatts as a follow-up to this expo.
WindEnergy Hamburg took place over four days, from 27 to 30 September, with more than 1,400 exhibitors from 34 nations presenting their innovative products and services for the onshore and offshore wind power sector in 9 exhibition halls covering around 65,000 m2. For the first time, the conference WindEurope Summit was held in parallel, with the thematic focus “Making transition work”. It put on a high-powered programme with presentations and lectures by some 300 experts covering all the current and future themes of the industry.
The world’s leading expo for wind energy was even more international than its first edition in 2014, with some 35,000 trade visitors from 48 nations making the trip to Hamburg. The percentage of foreign visitors rose to about 40% with the percentage of international exhibitors increasing to 44%.
The results of a representative visitor survey undertaken by an independent market research agency show that more than half the expo visitors were directly involved in the business decisions of their companies. Some 60% attended with the aim of obtaining new business leads. Interest in products and services was approximately equal for the offshore and onshore sectors. More than 90% of visitors stressed the importance of the strong international participation and the variety of the products and services showcased at the expo.
WindEnergy Hamburg and the WindEurope Summit were opened by the German Vice Chancellor and the Economics and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who said: “The wind industry is unquestionably a global growth market, with Germany as a major innovation driver. In 2015, the growth rate for new wind turbines in Europe was 6%, adding 13GW, while global growth was 17%, adding 60GW. In the present legislative session, we have structured the Energy Transition and made it plannable, so that this vital market can continue to grow in the future. We have set key parameters for the next phase of the Energy Transition, with the latest reform of the Renewable Energy Act, the Electricity Market Act and digitisation of the Energy Transition. This new phase will be characterised by a growing share of renewable energies and increasing digitisation throughout the energy system.”
Maroš Šefčovič EU Commission Vice President and responsible within the European Commission for the Energy Union, pointed out: “All of us here today agree that the Energy Transition is a business model. It’s not just about Energy Transition, it’s about economic transition.” Commenting on the goals agreed at the UN Climate Summit in Paris, Šefčovič said that “we want to accelerate the success of renewables. Wind energy plays a key role in that.” By 2030, at least 50% of electricity demand and 27% of total energy consumption will be covered by renewables. “It is quite clear,” said Šefčovič “that this is the only way forward.”
All the key international players used WindEnergy Hamburg to present themselves to the global industry and to close deals. Exhibitors included the leading turbine manufacturers and component suppliers, project developers and energy supply companies, as well as specialists from all areas of the wind industry.
WindEnergy Hamburg and the WindEurope Summit offered decision makers from the energy sector in both mature and emerging markets a great many opportunities to create useful leads for further business development and to find out about the latest trends. These included solutions for the major challenges of our times such as combating climate change and cutting carbon emissions by means of smart grids, storage technologies and digitisation. A large proportion of the innovations and further developments presented in Hamburg are aimed at reducing power purchase costs. The topics covered at the conference include environmental impacts and social acceptance, finance, grid integration, resource assessment, the supply chain and turbine technology.
WindEnergy Hamburg 2018 will be held at the Hamburg Messe und Congress site from 25 to 28 September and the WindEurope Summit will again be held in parallel.
FuturENERGY was present at this prominent event for the international wind industry at both the Media Village and the different Trade Press zones, especially provided by the organisers to hand out copies of the international magazines that took part as media partners at this event. Every visitor, exhibitor and in short every agent in the wind power sector that visited Hamburg from the 27 to 30 September had the opportunity to pick up a copy of our magazine on display in this zone and to enjoy reading it in the areas provided by the event organisers beside the various press stands.
This year FuturENERGY offered a special issue dedicated to wind power published as a special supplement to its June magazine, supported by one of the leading wind turbine manufacturers on the market, Vestas, that featured as the cover story for this special edition. You can access the digital version of this issue by clicking here.
Other large companies from the wind sector included collaborators and advertisers in this special edition, such as Aceros Urquijo, Schaeffler, Manufacturas Eléctricas (MESA); Navantia, Green Eagle Solutions, CENER and Global Energy Services (GES).