HUSUM Wind opening emphasis the importance of wind power for the success of the transition to renewable energy and for Germany as a business base

Husum, 15 September 2015 – The biggest wind trade fair in 2015 has officially opened. At the opening event for HUSUM Wind, representatives of government, industry and associations emphasised the importance of wind power for the success of the transition to renewable energy and for Germany as a business base. As a traditional meeting place for the industry, Husum also plays an important role. From 15 to 18 September wind industry businesses and representatives come together at HUSUM Wind, to showcase their innovations and services – onshore and offshore – along the whole supply chain.

At the opening event, Schleswig-Holstein’s minister-president Torsten Albig said “This year the wind industry is once again coming together where wind energy has a long tradition, and is home to specialist knowledge and experience. This branch of industry is an important cornerstone in the success of the transition to renewable energy usage and a stable mainstay for partners in industry.”

Uwe Beckmeyer, parliamentary secretary of state at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy added: “Wind energy is a central pillar of the transition to renewable energy usage and its development in Germany will in the future continue to be closely associated with Husum. The new ‘HUSUM Wind’ will be the shop window of the German market and will continue to give a boost to the industry.”

Almost 650 exhibitors from all areas of the wind industry are showing at HUSUM Wind. In addition to the well-known industry leaders, this year the list of exhibitors also boasts many young and innovative enterprises. “The German wind industry has conquered the top technological position in the world because a vibrant medium business sector ensures an innovative domestic market. The government should recognise and positively support the opportunities that this provides for more jobs, high added value from exports and and inexpensive energy supply. We need a fair marketplace and a tendering system that does not exclude small players, but assure a stable high level of increased installed capacity. This is the only way to achieve the energy transition and climate protection goals for power, mobility and heating”, said Hermann Albers, president of the German Wind Energy Association.

Matthias Zelinger, managing director of VDMA Power Systems, still sees a lot more potential: “HUSUM Wind shows that wind energy in Germany is a strong industry where the domestic wind turbine manufacturers alone book an annual turnover of around 10 billion euros. Over 130,000 jobs depend on onshore wind energy, and 20,000 on offshore wind energy, and not just in the wind-rich regions, but throughout Germany. The basis for this this good condition is a good domestic market. Germany ranks third in the world for cumulated wind energy capacity. The expansion of wind energy in Germany has often been in fits and starts to date, and that burdens our wind industry. What we need to ensure continuous expansion are reliable policy frameworks for the energy transition. EEG and climate protection measures must dovetail with one another. When that occurs, the domestic manufacturers will be able to continue to develop, manufacture and export innovative products, such as in the partner state of Baden-Württemberg for example.”

HUSUM Wind is finally back again
After speeches from representatives at state and federal level, Peter Becker, managing director of Messe Husum & Congress, gave an outlook for the coming days of the fair: “After three long years we can once again welcome the wind industry back where it all began. Together we will experience a HUSUM Wind that scores both with its
HUSUM Wind connects: Developers – Operators – Policy Makers – Investors. For over 25 years. new orientation on the important core German market and with its acknowledged strengths such as its great practical relevance and intensive exchange of ideas and experiences. And on top of this there is its distinctive networking character, one of a kind that you will not find at any comparable event.”

After the opening event, Peter Becker led a guided tour of high-ranking politicians and industry leaders – besides the parliamentary secretary of state, the complete Schleswig-Holstein cabinet and Hamburg’s business senator Frank Horch – through the exhibition halls, giving an overview of the whole spectrum covered by HUSUM Wind.

The traditional reception at the town hall will take place this evening, hosted by the mayor of Husum and the Schleswig-Holstein state government. Numerous national and international delegations have been heralded for the coming days. There is also a comprehensive congress, and on 18 September, the last day of the fair, there is also the Windcareer job fair in the NordseeCongressCentrum, with information about everything to do with jobs, careers, training and further training in the wind industry.

HUSUM Wind and WindEnergy Hamburg
HUSUM Wind is being held from 15 to 18 September 2015 in wind pioneer country Schleswig-Holstein, on the German North Sea coast. The focus of the trade fair is the German-speaking market. It has long been known as the traditional meeting place for the industry to have an intensive exchange of ideas and experiences, and for practically oriented added value.

WindEnergy Hamburg will be opening its doors once again from 27 to 30 September 2016. The leading international trade fair for the on and offshore wind industry in the wind metropolis Hamburg showcases the global market and the entire value chain.

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