WindEnergy Hamburg, EWEA in talks

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is in early-stage talks with industry expo WindEnergy Hamburg over co-operating over an event, the two parties confirmed.

Recharge understands that to avoid a clash between two big European wind events, the organisations would consider working together in Hamburg on alternate years from 2016 onwards. But the exact nature of any co-operation is unclear at this stage.

An EWEA spokesman confirmed that discussions are ongoing, but said reports that a deal had been struck are incorrect. An official statement will be released once an agreement has been reached, he added.

WindEnergy Hamburg, which will stage its debut biennial expo this September for the global onshore and offshore sectors, also said possible co-operation with the European wind body is being considered.

Messe Hamburg spokesman Karsten Broockmann said: “The members of EWEA have asked us to check whether a co-operation with WindEnergy Hamburg is possible. Behind that stands the desire to be able to use fair budgets in a bundled and more specific way.

“We are happy to discuss this, having the industry in mind. But we are still at the very beginning of discussion.”

EWEA currently stages an annual conference and exhibition at venues around Europe, with this year’s held in Barcelona in March.

Some wind industry executives have told Recharge that Hamburg – which is a major centre for the industry – would make sense as a venue for some sort of joint event, especially given the growing number of industry fairs on the calendar.