Global Wind Summit 2018



Hamburg, Germany
25/09/2018 - 28/09/2018
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The Global Wind Summit – comprising WindEurope’s conference and WindEnergy Hamburg by Hamburg Messe – will take place from 25-28 September 2018 in Hamburg, Germany.

The Global Wind Summit is where leaders will set the agenda and future trends for the industry, from 25 to 28 September 2018. Whether you are expert in technology, science or policy, you cannot afford to miss this event. This biennale meeting point will give you the right knowledge and contacts to understand regional and global trends, to navigate through current challenges and opportunities and to advance your business going forward.

GWEC at Global Wind Summit

GWEC is the Official Global Partner of the Global Wind Summit and will be active throughout the week at press conferences, speaking and moderating at a number of main conference sessions as well as helping to coordinate a range of side event sessions focusing on non-European markets. Visit us in the exhibition, where we’ll be sharing our booth with WindEurope, or catch up with us around the show floor.

Below, is a snapshot of just some of our activities …

Tuesday 25th September 2018

11h00-12h00 Opening Press Conference
GWEC’s CEO, Ben Backwell, will be moderating the press conference.

14h30 – 17h30 – side event – Offshore Wind Opportunities in India
Osaka Hall, 2nd floor, Hall A4,

India aims to achieve 60 GW of wind capacity by 2022 and 140 GW by 2030. At present 34 GW of wind capacity are connected to the grid. The Government of India through the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) has called for interest in a 1 GW offshore wind tender. The offshore wind farm is to be installed at the coast of Gujarat state. 35 companies have submitted specific project proposals in the first round.
GWEC’s Steve Sawyer will be moderating the expert panel discussion on ‘Facilitating offshore wind in India’.

Friday 28 September

09h30 – 12h00 – Side event – The winds blowing in from China
Room: Copenhagen 1
Coorganised by CCID China, with support from GWEC.

These days, China plays a major role in many sectors, this applies to the wind sector too! During this side event, the top three wind turbine players from China, together with their partners, will gather to share their thoughts and latest highlights, and to explore opportunities to work with overseas markets. This is an ideal occasion for companies to meet with these prominent Chinese companies, and to find out the latest news, developments, and opportunities for collaboration.

12h45 – 13h45 – Conference session: The next big thing? Saudi Arabia and Russia
Room: Bilbao
chaired by GWEC’s CEO Ben Backwell

This session will focus on two of the largest potential new markets in the world – Russia and Saudi Arabia … two very large countries which are often in the news but which remain a mystery to most of the western world. Russia is by far the largest country in the world, and has huge areas with excellent wind resources; but only a few megawatts have been developed to date. That is set to change soon, as now upwards of 3 GW has been tendered, and the buildout is underway – with no doubt more to come – potentially lots more. Saudi Arabia is looking to develop its large wind and solar resources as rapidly rising domestic consumption is rapidly eating up its surplus oil production, the country’s most important export. Under the new government, this programme is moving forward rapidly. Solar will get the largest piece but the country has excellent wind resources on the west coast as well as elsewhere.

14h00 – 15h00 – Conference session: Offshore wind outside Europe: a look at the US, Taiwan and Japan
Room: Bilbao
Chaired by GWEC’s Senior Policy Advisor, Steve Sawyer

The extraordinary progress on both price and performance of the European offshore wind industry over the past several years has caught the attention of policymakers, investors and developers in markets around the world, particularly in the Americas and Asia. While there are a wide range of new markets where interest in offshore is picking up, this session will focus on Japan, Taiwan and the United States, all of whom have the potential to become major new markets for the offshore industry. Taiwan is leading the charge at the moment with it’s 5.5 GW pipeline to be built out by 2025, but both Japan and the US have the potential to be much larger markets in the medium to longer term.

15h00 – 16h00 – Conference session: Perspectives for wind in Africa
Room Bilbao
Chaired by GWEC’s Senior Policy Advisor, Steve Sawyer

At the moment, Egypt, Morocco and South Africa are the most important players in wind energy market in Africa. Today, other very exciting markets opportunities are emerging across sub-Saharan African countries. Wind energy can play a key role to support their economic and social growth and to bring power to the 600 millions of Africans without access to electricity. This session will feature presentations both from governmental representatives of Kenya and Morocco and from private sector companies involved in the energy business in Africa. Steve Sawyer, from GWEC, will chair and moderate the session. Join us to hear about exciting opportunities on the vast African continent.

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