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Discovering North American wind potential Hamburg’s Senator for Economics Horch visits the USA and Canada

The USA is the most important commercial partner for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and the destination of the next delegation visit by Frank Horch, the Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation. the Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation. Together with around 40 representatives from the fields of renewable energies, IT and logistics, he will travel to New York from 17 to 25 October 2013, and then to the Boston/ Massachusetts region and on to Montréal/Québec in Canada. The Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster will be represented by managing director Jan Rispens and other network members.

The renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Wind Technology Testing Center, the largest rotor blade testing centre in the world, are included in the programme of visits. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet industrial representatives from New Bedford and the New Bedford Economic Development Council to discuss the planning and forthcoming construction start of the first North American offshore wind farm, “Cape Wind”. The wind turbines are being provided by German manufacturer Siemens. The Boston region hopes to benefit from the knowledge and experience in the wind energy field brought by the delegation from Hamburg.

Hamburg business representatives will find out more about the latest wind energy developments, and urban development projects for renewable energies at the Ecotech Québec Cleantech Cluster in Montréal. Currently, there are projects for tender in Québec for a wind capacity of 800 MW. The Indo-German wind turbine manufacturer Repower SE already has a branch office here.