- Published: 12 June 2019 12 June 2019
Is the US wind industry ready for the end of the PTC era?
For many years the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has organised the Windpower conference and exhibition. This year the event was organised in Houston, Texas. During the global credit crunch, and the years after, the show faced a couple of rough years with a decreasing number of exhibitors and (especially) visitors. According to AWEA, this year’s show grew by 10% making it the largest show in five years. And indeed the show felt more lively and busy. Although it still is not back at the level it was at before the financial crisis hit the wind industry.
- Published: 29 April 2019 29 April 2019
300GW of new capacity to be added in the next five years
Every other year WindEurope organises a combined conference and exhibition in a European city. WindEurope 2019 was organised in Bilbao, Spain, from 2 to 4 April. The event attracted 8,500 participants and on the exhibition floor 300 companies showed their products and services. The conference was divided into 30 sessions in which 400 presenters held their talks. Participants of the event came from 80 different countries but almost half came from Spain. That so many people were from Spain is not a surprise because the Bilbao region is the home of some of the global players in the industry like Iberdrola, Siemens Gamesa and Ingeteam. The team from Windtech International attended all days of the event and found lots of interesting topics for future articles, so whether or not you were able to attend the event itself we will update you in future issues about the new technical developments.
- Published: 07 March 2019 07 March 2019
Wind 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.
- Published: 04 February 2019 04 February 2019
Windtech International celebrates 15 years of wind energy technology
With 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.
- Published: 19 November 2018 19 November 2018
EU 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.
- Published: 09 October 2018 09 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.
- Published: 29 August 2018 29 August 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.