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Minister-President Günther opens HUSUM Wind

Trade fair sets signal for a fresh start: Wind industry prepared for challenges in core market / new technologies, innovative strength and political initiative are the keys to the turnaround Husum, 10 September 2019. Over four days, almost 600 domestic and foreign exhibitors will be showcasing technical innovations and new products at the trade fair […]

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Trade fair sets signal for a fresh start: Wind industry prepared for challenges in core market / new technologies, innovative strength and political initiative are the keys to the turnaround

Husum, 10 September 2019. Over four days, almost 600 domestic and foreign exhibitors will be showcasing technical innovations and new products at the trade fair and industry platform, which has now been accompanying developments in the German onshore and offshore wind industry for three decades. In view of the difficult conditions in the core market at this time, under the motto “We take wind a step further”, there will be a particular focus at the trade fair on new technologies for solving the challenges currently facing the wind industry, such as making the energy system more flexible, digitalising it and promoting its societal acceptance.

In the early morning, HUSUM Wind was opened by Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister-President Daniel Günther. “HUSUM Wind is the showcase for state-of-the-art technology in the entire field of renewable energy generation, storage and transport. We see renewable energies as an opportunity for our economy. This is why we want to generate added value in the state and develop new innovative technologies,” said the Minister-President.

The subsequent discussion on the future potential of the wind industry was attended by representatives of associations and businesses as well as Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister for Energy Transition, Jan-Philipp Albrecht. The entire state cabinet met at HUSUM Wind at noon and thus made a positive commitment to the importance of wind energy for Schleswig-Holstein.
This year’s HUSUM Wind, under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy, Peter Altmaier, takes place in what are challenging times for the industry.
In this situation he expects “a signal of a fresh start from the fair”, said Arne Petersen, Managing Director of Messe Husum & Congress. The societal demand for more climate protection and less CO2 emissions will strengthen renewable energies. The employment of green energy, most of which is generated by wind power, has already led to a cut of 177.8 tons of greenhouse gases annually in Germany. “Here at the trade fair it will be possible to see up close what the contribution made by wind energy can look like in the future. There are opportunities in intelligent technologies with which wind turbines can be operated efficiently and in a location-appropriate manner. There are also opportunities to be had in technical innovations that reduce costs and ensure competitiveness. Likewise, there are opportunities in storage technologies and Power-to-X, with which it will be possible to better distribute and utilise wind power.”
The week before, Minister Peter Altmaier had hosted a summit meeting in Berlin, the focus of which was the discussion on the future of wind energy in Germany. In their 2018 coalition agreement, the CDU, CSU and SPD had agreed to increase the target for the expansion of renewable energies to 65 percent by 2030. In a joint 10-point plan drawn up by the energy industry, mechanical and plant engineering and environmental associations at the summit, they described the further expansion of renewable energies as a “climate and energy policy necessity” and called for the removal of obstacles on land.

“To achieve the 65% target by 2030, we now need a binding catalogue of measures that will also help to strengthen the wind energy sector,” said Matthias Zelinger, Managing Director of VDMA Power Systems. Hermann Albers, President of the German Wind Energy Association, added that the energy transition was finally in full swing. “On some days, electricity consumption in Germany, a chiefly industrial country, is already fully covered by renewable energies. Wind energy accounts for the largest share. This is a great success story. In Husum, the industry is showing what it can do”.

For the special topics of HUSUM Wind 2019, Power-to-X, digitalisation and post-EEG models, there will be forums as well as focal points in the congress programme. This year’s HUSUM Wind is dedicating a special area to the topic of re-use. The possibilities presented here range from repowering to direct marketing in the form of power purchase agreements (PPAs) to second-life options or recycling. Around 100 participants from more than 20 countries are taking part in the Wind Match cooperation exchange, which links companies and research institutions.
The trade fair management expects around 18,000 trade visitors by the end of the fair on Friday evening (13 September).

HUSUM Wind from 10 to 13 September 2019
HUSUM Wind mirrors the entire value chain of the onshore and offshore industry in the areas of plant construction, service, planning, financing and operation, plant components as well as raw materials. Located at the heart of Germany’s largest wind farm network between the North and Baltic Seas, the trade fair offers a unique contact platform for the wind industry, characterised by practical relevance, networks that have grown over decades and an extraordinary personal atmosphere. The spectrum at HUSUM Wind is rounded off by the accompanying congress, forums and matchmaking formats for research institutions and companies such as the international cooperation exchange HUSUM Wind Match (organised by WTSH and Enterprise Europe Network), as well as the Windcareer job fair.

We take wind a step further.

www.husumwind.com

Contact:
Almuth Stammen – HUSUM Wind Press Office
RAIKESCHWERTNER GmbH
Ludwig-Erhard-Str. 6
20459 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 40 348092-27
husumwind@raikeschwertner.de
Nina Conze – Press and PR
Messe Husum & Congress
25813 Husum
Tel.: +49 4841 902-484
conze@messehusum.de