Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel official inaugurated the leading international trade fair Wind Energy Hamburg on Monday evening, a premiere for Hamburg. “Wind energy has established itself worldwide, both from an economic and from an energy policy perspective,” said the German Vice-Chancellor. “This is a great success, and last but not least, a result of a furious development of the past 20 years, especially in Germany.” From 23 to 26 September, WindEnergy Hamburg will offer the global industry an ideal platform for dialogue and showcase new products and innovative technologies and services for the entire wind power sector, onshore and offshore.
The leading trade fair showcases at its premiere more than 1,200 exhibitors from more than 30 countries covering the entire value chain. On the Hamburg fair grounds, 18 nations pavilions industry displays competences and companies of different countries, confirming that wind power is strong, be it from Denmark to Turkey, or from the USA to Japan and China.
Trade fair of superlatives
“We are very excited about this great interest, because it shows very clearly that the industry welcomes this new global meeting point and discussion platform”, said Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO Hamburg Messe und Congress, on Monday at a press conference at the fairgrounds prior to the official opening at city hall. First figures already confirm this: “WindEnergy Hamburg is the largest wind fair ever!”
“Workhorse” of the German energy transition
Wind power on land and at sea in the centre of Germany’s energy transition of the coming decades, Sigmar Gabriel said: “The wind energy is the workhorse of the German energy turnaround,” thus the Vice-Chancellor. The energy revolution is one of the key economic and energy projects in Germany. Cost reduction and system integration of wind energy are the most important challenges of today, Gabriel stated and said he felt optimistic about meeting them. “I hope that we meanwhile reached a level of industrialisation in offshore wind energy that marks the end of the learning phase and now allows to cut down cost. Today, the German wind energy market is an international lead market”, Gabriel concluded.
Renewables Award granted tonight
A novel blade design for wind turbines or an advanced solar storage system – since 2012 the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster has been honouring outstanding innovations in the field of green technology with the “German Renewables Award”. The award is recognising efforts made in the categories of “Project of the Year”, “Product Innovation of the Year” and “Lifetime Achievement”. Decisions are taken by an independent jury consisting of eight highly qualified experts from the industry and the scientific community. With the application period closed on 30 May, the winners of the “German Renewables Award” will be presented at the “Wind Energy Hamburg 2014” trade fair tonight on 23 September 2014. The prize includes a trophy and one year of free admission to all EEHH events. The “Student work of the year wind energy” category honours the best year’s Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. thesis with 5,000 euros.
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