Hamburg’s first international WindEnergy trade fair left international media impressed. Home to 1,980 green technology companies with 33,400 employees, Roy L. Hales perceived the Hanseatic city as gateway of the German offshore wind industry.
Praises at Cleantechnica and EcoReport
In articles published on Cleantechnica, the world’s number one website for clean energies, and ECO Report, Hales writes: “The city currently hold approximately 5,000 “employers in the wind industry.” This number is expected to double, with the expansion of as Germany’s offshore wind facilities. early all the leading international wind companies have offices in Hamburg. Nordex SE, Senvion SE are headquartered there. The offshore divisions of Siemens, Vattenfall, and E.ON all work out of Hamburg. Vestas, Dong Energy and Gamesa are among the companies with sales offices. The city’s academic community adds research and training programs. The University of Applied Sciences is building “Energy Campus Hamburg.” Hamburg University of Technology (Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, or TUHH) has expanded, creating new degree programs and adding professorial chairs.”
When touring the city, Hales made an amazing observation: “I saw hundreds of wind turbines, but only heard two.”
One was the 200-meter-high Nordex turbine structure operated by the Hamburg Wasser works, number two the wind rotors installed on top of Greenpeace’s HQ, one of the most sustainable building in Europe. It combines efficiency with low consumption and energy produced by geothermal, PV solar and wind rotors.
German Renewables Award with global impact
Hales also reported on the German Renewables Award 2014 with 61 submissions and nominations for four categories: “Lifetime Achievement, Wind Energy”, “Product Innovation of the Year”, “Project of the Year“ and “Student Thesis of the Year, Wind Energy” and extensively portrayed all winners.