For the first time this year, WindEnergy Hamburg is offering its complete conference and event program without an additional ticket – and more extensive than ever on four open stages in the exhibition halls. The WindEnergy Hamburg team designs this program together with its partners, including the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the European WindEurope Association, the World Wind Energy Association e.V. (WWEA), the national associations Association of German Mechanical and Plant Engineering e. V. (VDMA) and Bundesverband WindEnergie e.V. (BWE) as well as leading media and companies in the industry. From 27th to 30th September 2022, new procedures, technologies, national and international funding and financing opportunities as well as the cross-border development of new networks and project initiations will be at the center of different event formats. This makes the leading trade fair an international hub for knowledge transfer in the wind industry.
The demand for climate-friendly renewable energies is growing rapidly. Wind energy is a key technology and thus WindEnergy Hamburg is in the focus of the world public this year. From Hamburg, we look into the world and offer our exhibiting companies and visitors what counts now: Detailed insights into state-of-the-art technologies and projects as well as an enormous range of training opportunities along the entire value chain of the wind industry, says Bernd Aufderheide, Chairman of the Management Board of Hamburg Messe und Congress. Parallel to WindEnergy Hamburg, H2EXPO & CONFERENCE, the new international meeting place for the production, distribution and use of green hydrogen, will take place for the first time this year. The Hamburg exhibition center will become the international meeting point of both industries. Here, politics meets entrepreneurship and a large number of exhibiting companies and corporations, start-ups, research institutions and associations participate in the program, which is offered throughout the exhibition center. On the 27th September, Dr. Robert Habeck, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, which opens this year’s WindEnergy Hamburg and H2EXPO & CONFERENCE, thus giving the starting signal for an industry event with an expansion course.
Global Markets Theatre – Opportunities in important and emerging markets of the wind industry
In Hall B1 OG, the Global Wind Energy Council invite GWEC and WindEnergy Hamburg to establish partnerships for wind energy projects. Here, the participants, organizations, associations and institutions from all over the world meet manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, electricity suppliers as well as financial and insurance companies.
On the first day of the fair, for example, high-ranking representatives of the leading offshore wind power companies will discuss the prerequisites for the successful further expansion of wind turbines worldwide. Afterwards, experts from the World Bank Group (WBG) and GWEC inform about the opportunities that are currently developing in emerging offshore wind markets. In the afternoon, the Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA) introduces itself, which was founded by the Danish government, the International Renewable Energy Organization (IRENA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The aim of GOWA is to be a global driving force for the spread of offshore wind energy. It contributes to achieving a total capacity of at least 380 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 and increasing the installed capacity by at least 70 GW per year from 2030.
On the second day of the fair, the report “GWO/GWEC Global Wind Workforce Forecast 2022-2026” is to be presented. GWO develops globally recognized safety and technical training standards on behalf of the industry, which ensure that a technician has completed high-quality training and enable operators, original equipment manufacturers and contractors to streamline their business processes and avoid retraining costs. This session will present the third annual GWO/GWEC Global Wind Workforce Forecast, which highlights the dynamism of the workforce for the construction and maintenance of onshore and offshore wind farms, the total workforce eligible for GWO training and their segmentation by target market, sector and project development phase.
On the last day of the fair, the Global Markets Theatre is about leadership on the topic “Leading in the future – The role of wind energy in the world by 2030: opportunities and risks on the horizon”
New Horizons Stage – Clear the stage for the view of sustainable European market developments
Three excellently networked institutions have joined forces for the design of the conference program in Hall B6: WindEurope, the VDMA, BWE as well as WWEA & other partners. With more than 400 members from the entire wind energy value chain, WindEurope is the voice of the wind industry, which is actively committed to the industry throughout Europe. As providers and users of sustainable energy systems, the members of the VDMA occupy a key position in the expansion of renewable energies and pass on important elements of their learning curves to the conference participants. With over 20,000 members and a large number of specialist committees, the BWE is one of the world’s largest associations of renewable energies. The joint design of the conference program by these three key players leads to the fact that concentrated competence from practice for four days is conveyed for practice.
For example, load on the 27th September 2022, the vice-chairman and chairman of the board of WindEurope, Malgosia Bartosik and Sven Utermöhlen for a fire side chat. As with a conversation at the campfire, thoughts are left in this format, a summary of what has been achieved so far is drawn and various future scenarios are outlined. At noon, the BWE asks the question in a panel discussion: German energy policy – Will the fast path to independence succeed? In the afternoon of the first day of the fair, the VDMA jumps into practice. The discussion round “Expansion paths for wind energy and development of the supply chain” starts at 15:00.
On the 28th September, the current situation in Ukraine will be highlighted in the WWEA conference program in cooperation with the Ukrainian Wind Energy Organization and Global100RE with the topic: “Renewables4Ukraine – Renewables4theWorld in collaboration with Ukrainian Wind Energy Association and Global100RE.” Speakers from Ukraine, Turkey and the Netherlands will look at the current energy crisis from different perspectives and explain how it should be responded to.
The 29th September begins with a VDMA panel for the recycling of rotor blades and ways to a circular economy in the wind industry – directly followed by a practical overview of the added value from machine data for wind turbines. In the afternoon, panellists devote themselves to the complex topic of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Here is an overview of the development of PPAs in the most important European markets, the increasing interest in long-term energy procurement of energy-intensive industries and the potential size of the PPA market in 2030.
The last day of the fair begins with a VDMA industry overview. In the subsequent panel, the biggest challenges in the realization of floating 10 GW wind turbines will be discussed and later the topic “Offshore wind and renewable hydrogen: two sides of one coin” will be discussed on stage. The BWE is shaping the conclusion of the New Horizons Stage program with a cross-industry topic that is also gaining in importance in renewable energies. The title: “Between Fake News and Hate Speak”
Speakers’ Corner – Product highlights and innovations every 10 minutes
In Hall B5, trade fair visitors can get to know the industrial range of wind energy in all its facets from Tuesday, 27.09. to Thursday, 29.09.2022 in every 10-minute short presentations. From 10:00 a.m., the exhibiting companies of WindEnergie Hamburg will present information about their new products and technology developments at the Speakers’ Corner. Each article sheds light on a new area of the wind industry. This involves, for example, the use of cargo drones for logistics applications in wind turbines or the prevention and management of risks associated with storms and lightning in the wind energy sector. A digital marketplace for wind turbines, which is intended to simplify search, leasing, planning and approval, and the WindEnergy trend:index are also presented. The use of AI applications is also driving the industry forward and a Speakers’ Corner slot presents the extended service life of wind farms with IoT sensors and machine learning. In the offshore sector, a comprehensive solution for the operational management of floating wind turbines through the development of new technologies is presented and a contribution is dedicated to the value creation potential of green hydrogen, which is obtained from offshore wind energy in northern Germany.
On the last day of the fair, September 30, 2022, the Speakers’ Corner will be the meeting place for recruiters, employers and job seekers in the wind industry from 10:00 a.m. During the Recruiting Forum, exhibiting companies introduce themselves to WindEnergy Hamburg as an employer, inform together with recruiters about further training offers and present concrete job offers at the “Jobwall”.
Andreas Arnheim, project manager of WindEnergy Hamburg, looks ahead: “In the Speakers’ Corner, the speakers take their opportunity to attract the attention of trade visitors for 10 minutes detached from the booth. Through a perfect performance and top-class listeners, this can result in a forward-looking cooperation.”
H2EXPO & CONFERENCE Stage – Focus on production and storage, transport and infrastructure
During WindEnergy Hamburg, the conference stage in Hall A2 will become an information hotspot about the globally networked start-up of the hydrogen industry. Here, top speakers from politics, business and science report on current topics such as regulation, technologies and the future of green hydrogen. On the four conference days, different thematic priorities are set – for example, regional and global business perspectives, energy transport and storage, regulations and funding programs as well as sales markets. The first day of the fair provides well-founded insights into the development of innovative hydrogen technologies and strategy approaches for their implementation in lectures and panel discussions. Here, the conditions for the establishment and expansion of a hydrogen infrastructure are addressed as well as the current geopolitics, the security of energy supply and cross-border cooperation between project developers, politics, research and industry.
On the 28th September, for example, Hamburg and northern Germany will be at the center of the conference program. The day begins with reports on the topic: H2 – what are the current developments and projects in Hamburg and northern Germany? Also the question “Is regional renewable energy supply the key to hydrogen production?” will be discussed and a panel on “Hydrogen production in Germany – the role of offshore wind energy for a secure energy supply” will follow at 3:30 p.m.
The 29th September expands the field of vision beyond the German borders and focuses the spotlight on European market developments. The secure supply of emission-free mobility within Europe sheds light on the expansion of the H2 filling station infrastructure and the use of green hydrogen in transport. In addition, the European Regulatory Framework will be presented and a new institution for networked hydrogen projects will be presented in a keynote: The Hydrogen Union H2Global4Europe.
This top-class conference program is made possible by the close cooperation of four excellently networked partners: the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV), the Renewable Energies Hamburg Cluster Agency (EEHH), the industry experts from Recharge and the Association of German Machinery and Plant Engineering (VDMA).
Specials & Networking – WindEnergy Match becomes the international cooperation exchange in the industry
At the trade fair half-time on the 28th and 29th In September, the Enterprise Europe Network is once again organizing the international matchmaking event for visitors and exhibiting companies with the WindEnergy Match. This global cooperation exchange has been a central part of WindEnergy Hamburg for many years and takes place right next to the Speakers’ Corner. Visiting and exhibiting companies, research institutions and start-ups looking for international business and project partners in the field of wind energy and green hydrogen can participate. Interested parties can register to participate in this free event at https://windenergymatch-2022.b2match.io/ with a short, meaningful profile and a description of the technologies or cooperations they are looking for.
Last but not least: Wine o’clock – Networking at the end of the trade fair days
New in the WindEnergy Hamburg 2022 program is Wine o’clock. At all stages of WindEnergy, the exhibiting companies and institutions can meet their customers in a relaxed atmosphere with a glass of wine or non-alcoholic drinks. In addition to a large number of registered booth parties in all halls, this informal get-together with free drinks offers participants a perfect opportunity for exchange with colleagues and new contacts.
The complete conference and event program can be found here: https://www.windenergyhamburg.com/fachkonferenzen