WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s largest industry event for the wind sector, has been postponed to December because of Covid-19 disruption, with parts of the giant conference and exhibition now running in “digital or hybrid” formats.

The event for the global onshore and offshore sectors will now be held on 1-4 December instead of 22-25 September, said co-organisers Hamburg Messe und Congress and WindEurope.

Hamburg Messe said September is still too difficult to predict in terms of coronavirus disruption, and December would allow more reliable planning for the event.

“Parts of the conference and trade fair will be prepared as digital or hybrid offers. This will enable us to explore new pathways through this crisis. We look forward to welcoming the wind industry to Hamburg in December,” said a statement.

A review will be held with health authorities beforehand to ensure the event can proceed safely.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “The big ambitions of the EU Green Deal and the economic recovery plans Europe is putting in place now, make 2020 a pivotal year for the energy transition. We are pleased our joint event WindEnergy Hamburg will still go ahead this year.

“The further expansion of wind energy is central to the Green Deal and will deliver jobs and investments needed for recovery. Meeting in Hamburg, a key hub for our industry and when Germany has the Presidency of the EU, will be the perfect time and place to show that the wind industry is ready to deliver.”

Recharge provides official event daily news coverage for WindEnergy Hamburg, which is held every two years.