The world´s largest wind industry event, Global Wind Summit, will take place September 25 to 28 at the Hamburg Messe fair site. The event combines the WindEnergy Hamburg expo and the WindEurope global on and offshore conference which, together in one venue, will highlight one of the most cost-effective and innovation-driven energy sectors.
The wind industry has been making giant strides in reducing the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), while opening up new markets. New technologies, products, and applications have enabled wind energy to be competitive with fossil energy sources. Now the challenge is to further drive innovation and work toward a fully decarbonized energy supply infrastructure.
In addition, the new preference for public invitations to tender for onshore and offshore wind projects represents a global paradigm shift that encourages the industry to accelerate the speed of innovation. The Global Wind Summit will help answer what technologies are the best response to this paradigm shift. Exhibitors, visitors, and conference participants from roughly 100 countries are expected to attend.
“Together with WindEurope and its top-flight conference program the world´s leading expo Wind Energy Hamburg will highlight the industry’s global core topics,” said Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress, at an advanced press conference in Hamburg. “This makes the Global Wind Summit the international hotspot of wind energy.”
Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Officer of WindEurope, the voice of the European wind industry, agreed: “Wind will be at the heart of any successful electrification strategy, it is doubling down on technology development and digitalization, actively preparing to move toward a merchant environment, and entering new markets. Standing still is not an option if we want to maintain this excellence, so wind is breaking new ground.”
About 35,000 industry visitors from around the world are expected to attend the Global Wind Summit. The nine halls of the wind expo are nearly fully booked. The exhibiting companies hail from nearly 40 different countries, with 22 nations represented by regional and national pavilions. There will be a number of new countries this year, including South Africa, Iceland, Latvia and Lithuania.
“The WindEurope global on and offshore conference at the Global Wind Summit will be a unique opportunity to exchange with captains of industry, leading policymakers, and wind energy experts on how the industry gears up for these challenges,” added Tardieu.
Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council, said: “For both onshore and offshore wind, the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg is the place to learn about key policy and market developments, best practices from around the world, and a look at the latest technologies and how they are being deployed.”
Learn more and register for the event here.