Offshore big at WindEnergy Hamburg

The WindEnergy Hamburg fair from September 23 to 26 will not only be the world’s leading onshore wind exhibition, but also the biggest offshore wind fair in the world, its organisers said at a presentation of the show in Hamburg today.

“Offshore wind will be about 40% of the exhibition,” WindEnergy Hamburg president and chief executive Bernd Aufderheide told journalists.

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Regarding Germany’s ambitious plans to transform its energy generation towards renewables, there is a vital need to go beyond onshore wind and other renewable sources, Volker Malmen, Dong Energy’s company’s managing director in Germany said.

"Offshore wind can bring (form) the basis for future power generation,” Malmen said, but added that his company next to key offshore markets Germany, the UK and Denmark also sees a great potential in France and the Netherlands.

But for offshore to live up to its potential, a cost reduction across the industry is essential, he said, adding that Dong aims to reduce its costs by 35% to 40% by 2020.

“We must closely discuss potentials with our suppliers,” he said. “We think our target is realistic.”

Senvion chief executive Andreas Nauen stressed that while onshore wind is seen growing 4% to 5% a year in coming years, offshore growth is expected to be around 18% to 20% a year.

“So it’s a growing market and it is of course a market where manufacturers like us want to be successful,” he said.

WindEnergy Hamburg will be opened by German economics and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel with about 1,000 exhibitors from 30 countries showing their products. Some 40,000 visitors are expected at the show in Europe’s leading city for the wind power industry.

As well as offshore, Germany’s Energiewende, its transition from nuclear towards renewable energies, will be a key theme at the show, as will be the storage of wind energy, and new developments such as turbines for low-wind areas or extreme climate conditions.