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Publisher's Note March 2019

Floris Siteur Publisher Windtech International 2019Wind power capacity worldwide reaches 600GW in 2018
The annual on- and offshore WindEurope Conference & Exhibition will take place in Bilbao, Spain, from 2 to 4 April 2019. Prospects for wind in Spain are looking bright again compared with the situation in 2014, which was the last time the show was organised in Spain (Barcelona). The government has plans to build more than 4GW of onshore wind by 2020 and 2.5GW per year up to 2030. The government also has plans for floating offshore wind. The Spanish wind supply chain currently employs around 22,000 people, and many of these are in the Bilbao area in northern Spain, which makes this location a logical choice.

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Publisher's Note January February 2019

Windtech International celebrates 15 years of wind energy technology
 
Floris Siteur Publisher Windtech International 2019With this first issue of 2019, Windtech International enters its 15th year of publishing. With our publication we now reach wind energy professionals active in more than 108 countries and it is read by over 12,000 people in the industry. The very first issue was published in November 2004 and since then we have published 112 issues. In all these years, Windtech International has established itself as the worldwide magazine and website for the wind energy industry, with a clear focus on technology and covering topics from rotor blades to foundations and from hardware to software. Many times we have been one of the first publications, if not the first, to talk about new technology and applications, and a lot has changed in the past 15 years.

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Publisher's Note November December 2018

Floris Siteur Publisher Windtech International 2019EU votes yes to long-term binding target for renewables
In November the European Parliament gave its final approval for a binding European Union (EU)-wide renewable energy target of 32% for 2030. The Parliament cast its final vote on adoption of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Governance Regulation, two key parts of Europe’s Clean Energy Package that sets the EU legal framework for renewables up to 2030. Ministers from the 28 member states will soon finalise their approval, and the Directive and Regulation will become law.

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Publisher's Note October 2018

Hamburg: the centre of the global wind energy industry
In the last week of September 2018, Hamburg was for the third time the centre of the global wind energy industry. The WindEnergy conference and exhibition again demonstrated its international character: more than 35,000 visitors from 100 countries were there, getting information on the latest products and services from 1,482 exhibitors from 40 nations. 45% of the visitors were from outside Germany. The share of international exhibitors grew to more than 50% compared with 44% in 2016. The entire value chain was present in the exhibition halls, including 16 wind turbine manufacturers from Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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Publisher's Note September 2018

The Global Wind Summit, the biggest event of the year for business and networking
 
The Global Wind Summit, to be held in September in Hamburg this year, will be the biggest and most important meeting of the wind industry worldwide. It combines the wind industry exhibition WindEnergy Hamburg with the global conference WindEurope to create a platform for business, networking and information for the onshore and offshore wind industry. These two events will be held side by side from 25 to 28 September 2018 at the Hamburg Messe site. At the WindEurope 2018 Conference, more than 500 speakers and presenters will inform the attendees about every aspect of the wind industry in 2018. At WindEnergy Hamburg, covering nine exhibition halls, more than 1,400 exhibitors from 35 countries will present their product innovations and customised solutions for the wind industry, and the expected number of visitors is more than 30,000. This year, the exhibition focuses on three major subjects: dynamic markets, cost-efficiency and smart energy.

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Publisher's Note July August 2018

Europe sets target of 32% by 2030 and corporate renewable energy leads the way
 
European countries gave their endorsement to a binding EU-wide renewable energy target of 32% for 2030. They confirmed a deal on the Renewable Energy Directive, which negotiators from the European Council and European Parliament reached on 14 June 2018. According to the deal, 32% of Europe’s final energy consumption will need to come from renewables by 2030. European countries also agreed on some concrete measures that will underpin the delivery of the target.

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Publisher's Note June 2018

Demand drives US wind power development to new heights
 
The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA’s) Windpower 2018 conference and exhibition was organised for the third time in Chicago from 7 to 10 May. Over 7,600 wind industry professionals attended and over 450 exhibiting companies and organisations showed their products and services on the exhibition floor. After several ‘slower’ years it seems that the show is on its way up again. More people attended the annual show and most of the exhibitors we spoke to were more positive than in the last couple of years.

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