Hamburg and Husum shake on spilt

Fair organisers from Hamburg and Husum have formally sealed the split-up of Germany’s leading wind power fair into a global event in Hamburg and one catering exclusively for the German domestic market in Husum, signing a cooperation agreement. 

The two competing fair locations last year had already reached a preliminary agreement on the global-national divide, with preparations for both WindEnergy Hamburg from 23 to 26 September 2014, and for Husum Wind from 15-18 September 2015, both in full swing.

WindEnergy Hamburg expects more than 1,000 exhibitors from around the world on about 65,000 square metres of floorspace.  Companies from the entire value chain will be present at the event in Germany’s second-biggest city and wind power capital.

Husum Wind already has already received registrations from exhibitors for its show in 2015 from companies such as GE, Siemens, Vestas, Nordex and Senvion (ex-REpower).

Industry representatives were pleased with the agreement.

“With the global orientation of the leading fair WindEnergy Hamburg we will secure and expand further the international importance of Germany for the wind industry in the long run,” says Thorsten Herdan, general manager of engineering group VDMA Power Systems.

“The concept of Husum Wind that is directed specifically at the demands of the German-speaking market continues the tradition and gives very important impulses for the challenges of the German wind energy market.”

Germany has traditionally been one of the world’s largest and most stable markets for wind power, adding another 3GW of new capacity last year, bringing the country’s accumulated capacity to 33.7GW.

Hamburg and Husum, a nearby city on Germany’s North Sea coast, in April 2013 had 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 global 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.