German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, will officially open WindEnergy Hamburg tonight, 22 September. The leading wind industry fair will be held in Hamburg for the first time from 23 to 26 September. More than 1,200 exhibitors from all parts of the world are expected at this premiere event, presenting their products on about 65,000 square metres of exhibition space. A 64.4 metre rotor blade was set up in front of the exhibition site this morning – signaling this huge industry event in Hamburg, the capital of the wind industry. This large-scale exhibit from turbine manufacturer Nordex SE is a global innovation.
Top-level evening reception at the eve of the lead fair
On the evening before the leading global wind expo, Economics and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel will address 600 prominent international guests at the opening ceremony at Hamburg’s city hall, highlighting the significance of the wind industry. Starting on Tuesday, the Hamburg fair grounds will be the meeting point for energy experts from all over the world. For four days, WindEnergy Hamburg will be the ideal platform for the global industry to engage in dialogue and present its new products, innovative technologies and essential services. WindEnergy Hamburg will cover the entire value chain, both onshore and offshore. Its exhibitors will include companies from more than 30 countries, and there will be 18 national pavilions where wind industry companies and organisations get together to provide information on their products and services.
A place for business and networking
WindEnergy gives trade visitors a whole host of information and networking opportunities. There will be presentations, workshops and panel discussions on the subjects of vital interest to the industry. Friday 26 September will be the fair’s “Recruiting Day”, putting the spotlight on job opportunities, career planning and training & education.
Innovations and world premieres
Outstanding exhibits like the 64.4 metre rotor blade on public display for the duration of the fair will convey the importance of wind energy. This impressive blade from an N131/3000 onshore turbine was transported to Hamburg and through its streets during the night, and installed on a special base designed by TII Group. This adaptor is designed to raise the giant rotor blade to an inclination angle of up to 70°, for better handling when passing through urban areas or difficult terrain. The turbine from Nordex SE is designed for locations with low wind. With a nominal output of 3.0 MW, its performance is 25 per cent better than the previous model. It is one of the three blades which are assembled to form a rotor with a total diameter of 131 metres. The swept area of the rotor is as large as two world-class football pitches.