Industry hot for WindEnergy Hamburg

WindEnergy Hamburg – which is taking over from nearby Husum as host of Germany’s leading global wind power fair – will take place from 23 to 26 September 2014 and is set to become the world’s largest ever international wind energy expo, its organisers claim.

The international wind show will be followed in September 2015 by Husum Wind, a fair catering exclusively to the German domestic market.

“The combined range of these two exhibitions with their specific focus is unique, and meets with very lively demand from the industry,” said Bernd Aufderheide, chief executive of Hamburg Messe und Congress.

“We can already say that WindEnergy Hamburg 2014 will be the biggest international wind industry fair anywhere in the world.”

WindEnergy Hamburg has already received registrations from companies for a total of more than 65,000 square metres. The organisers expect registrations to rise further, and say they could go up to a total of about 87,000 square metres.

“We have received registrations from more than 1,000 companies from the onshore and offshore industry. WindEnergy Hamburg will be the world’s largest ever wind fair in 2014 – the figures clearly justify the description of WindEnergy Hamburg as the ‘leading fair’ for this industry,” Aufderheide said.

Companies from the entire value chain will be present at the event in Germany’s second-biggest city and wind power capital.

Hamburg and Husum, a nearby city on Germany’s North Sea coast, in April announced that they will host a major international and German-focused wind power event in alternate years, ending a bitter dispute between the two cities over which has the best credentials to hold the German fair, which is one of the highlights of the European wind calendar.

Arguments had been advanced for both Hamburg, which is much easier to get to and where several large wind energy companies have their headquarters, or relatively remote Husum, which has held the 30,000-visitor event since 1989.