Public pressure to comply with the Paris Climate Protection Agreement is growing. The “Fridays for Future” movement is drawing thousands onto the streets all around the world. People are demanding that something be done about the climate crisis. Policy-makers ambitiously talk about moving on to carbon neutral economies. In the meantime, the global demand for energy is steadily increasing. How can we limit global warming to just 1.5°C and protect our environment while ensuring a reliable, competitive energy supply? Wind energy can serve as a backbone of a clean and competitive energy industry.
Wind energy is the most competitive and environmentally friendly energy source, offering high CO2 savings, whether used for buildings, mobility or industrial applications. Wind energy creates jobs and boosts local economies. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that by 2027, wind energy will have surpassed coal, nuclear energy and gas to become the most important source of energy in the EU.
From 22 to 25 September 2020, WindEnergy Hamburg will once again be the global meeting place for the onshore and offshore wind industry under the motto of Climate First. More than 1,400 national and international exhibitors will fill nine exhibition halls displaying the latest products, services and trends. Some 35,000 participants from 100 countries will come to Hamburg to see the entire wind industry's value chain and to get a comprehensive overview of the status, development and future of the global wind market.
For the first time, the organisers Hamburg Messe und Congress and WindEurope will bring the conference to the very centre of the exhibition halls to enhance the expo experience with the expertise of pioneers from industry and research. Three stages will be set up for keynotes and panel discussions featuring international experts. “We have adapted our concept to the needs of the market. In an industry showing such a dynamic development, WindEnergy Hamburg is the key event where major players, decision-makers and pioneers can get informed, network, and close deals. This is a place where knowledge can be shared globally in a very focused manner. To us this means implementing an open conference concept right in the middle of our exhibition halls that thematically interlinks with the exhibits,” said Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO, Hamburg Messe und Congress.
New focal topics and insights: hydrogen and renewables-based electrification, people and global business
Among three main topics featured at next year's WindEnergy Hamburg will be electrification, energy storage and power-to-x solutions, which will feature prominently as the missing link to success in the energy transition. Exhibition hall B7 will provide the “H2Insights” networking area and the “Power4Climate” stage with groundbreaking discussions with experts exploring future-ready solutions and business models. “We are connecting key players in wind energy production with specialists in the field of electrification and renewable hydrogen conversion and applications. This is an important step towards accomplishing the vital energy and mobility transition with an enormous potential for the global market,” summarised Bernd Aufderheide.
People will be the main focus of a dedicated stage in Hall A4. The topic here: Empowering People Insights. The focus will be on safety, cyber security and digitalisation, community engagement, jobs and skills. “We need to take people with us in order to deliver the energy transition. Community engagement and involvement are key. As is the creation of highly skilled and secure jobs. And low energy prices for everyone. Wind energy fulfils all these promises. And it ensures that nobody is left behind during the energy transition. Hamburg will be the “place to be” next September when it comes to driving these issues,” emphasised Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope.
The “Global Business Insights Stage” in Hall B1 will be organised in collaboration with GWEC, the Global Wind Energy Council. Participants will hear about global market developments in a series of sessions dedicated to finance, investments and cooperation arrangements, presented by key business and political stakeholders. “Wind energy is a genuine global success story. It is becoming a mainstream energy source in leading economies like the United States, China, and Brazil and it has a dramatic potential for growth in emerging markets. Hamburg will be the place to share the recipes for success and overcome the challenges to put wind at the heart of the global energy transition,” said Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC.
WindEnergy Hamburg, 22 - 25 September 2020
Every two years, one of the most fascinating industries meets for the leading global networking hub for wind energy: at WindEnergy Hamburg 2020, located right in the heart of the vibrant northern German port city, 1,400 exhibitors will present their innovations and solutions. With half of its exhibitors hailing from abroad, the event has a very international profile. Leading suppliers of turbine components for all stages of the onshore and offshore wind energy value chain will provide a comprehensive overview of the market. Around 600 service providers from planning and project design, through to installation, operation and maintenance, marketing, certification and financing round off the event. The Who’s Who of the wind industry, associations, science and politics will be present. The Expo will be accompanied by WindEurope's high-profile conference programme focusing on the industry's current key topics: hydrogen & electrification, global business and safety (human & cyber). GWEC, Global Partner of the event, will provide global business insights. More than 35,000 trade visitors from around the world are expected to attend the next WindEnergy Hamburg from 22 to 25 September 2020.