With almost every tenth company present at last week’s global wind summit that took place in Hamburg being a Danish one, Denmark cemented its crown as the global hub for wind energy.
The word on everyone’s lips in the German city of Hamburg last week was wind energy. This is the third time the city has played host to the global wind summit, which consists of two parallel events; a conference organised by Wind Europe and an exhibition that takes place in 12 halls. Both aspects span the entire on and offshore value chain.
Taking place on Tuesday 25th September to Friday September 28th, the summit gathered ministers, policy-makers, companies, regional cooperations, non-governmental organisations and visitors from over 100 countries. The summit took a forward looking view, with the emphasis on how technological and market innovations are transforming the sector, as well as the accompanying challenges and opportunities.
Of the 1,467 companies that exhibited at Wind Energy Hamburg, 136 hailed from Denmark. This represents the largest group of Danish companies present at the exhibition to date and the bulk of them (102) were to be found in the Pavilion of Denmark, which occupied an entire exhibition hall at the summit. The pavilion was organised by the Danish Wind Export Association (DWEA), which supports the commercial development of Danish wind exports and coordinates all joint activities for the Danish wind industry. DWEA was created in 2013 by the Danish Wind Industry Association and the Danish Export Association.
In a nod to the summit’s forward looking focus, the theme for this year’s Pavilion of Denmark was ’Where you meet tomorrow. Today!’
“Together we create the future and the future can be found among the solutions the 102 Danish companies are displaying in the Pavilion of Denmark as well as the other Danish companies present at the exhibition, ” stated Søren Rasmussen, General Manager in DWEA.
“Denmark is the cradle of wind energy and since the very beginning, Danish companies have been trailblazing the intelligent green transition through innovative solutions, products and knowhow on both onshore and offshore wind. There is no question that the Danish wind industry is breaking new ground these years. Not only in regard to lowering cost of wind energy, but also developing new grid-friendly solutions, which enables us to utilise wind energy in more sectors, e.g. in the heating and transport sectors, moving toward a fully decarbonized energy system in Denmark by 2050. Denmark is indeed a frontrunner in both products and system integration, and we are happy to lead the way sharing our experience and knowhow with the rest of the world,” says Jan Serup Hylleberg, CEO of Danish Wind Industry Association.
In addition to a range of activities the Pavilion of Denmark also organised and hosted daily Wind Vision by Industry Leaders Talks, where the Danish Head of Offshore Wind of Vattenfall, Michael Simmelsgaard, Morten Dyrholm, Group Senior Vice President of Vestas Wind Systems and MHI Vestas’ joint CEO, Lars Bondo Krogsgaard gave their organisation’s viewpoint on where the wind sector is heading, as well as their hopes for the future.
The Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate highlights the necessity of cooperation in the North Sea on offshore wind
Highlighting the significance of the event, the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt visited the conference and subsequently the Pavilion of Denmark on Tuesday to speak with some of the Danish exhibitors and hold a press conference. The minister’s trip to Hamburg included a working group meeting of the North Seas Energy Cooperation, of which Denmark currently holds the presidency. The cooperation consists of ten European countries including Denmark, where the aim is to facilitate collaboration on renewable energy projects, grid development and environmental impact assessment. Specifically, the cooperation focuses on:
- Standardisation and harmonisation of rules and demand for offshore wind turbines
- Coordination of the timing for tenders and development of best practices for the design of wind energy tenders
- Promotion of economies of scale
- Knowledge sharing on how offshore wind can be established in the most cost effective way
Commenting on his visit, Minister Lilleholt stated: “Denmark holds a unique position thanks to the North Sea which holds true potential to become the Silicon Valley of offshore wind power. But we cannot do it alone. I arrived to Hamburg with the clear message of the importance of cooperation if we wish to expand offshore wind power in the North Sea. I am therefore very proud that Denmark currently holds the presidency of the North Sea Energy Cooperation which focusses on improving conditions for facilitating and maintaining offshore wind power in the North Sea”.
The other countries involved in the North Sea Energy Cooperation consist of Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway and Sweden. The European Commission also participates.
In addition to the many inspiring conference sessions and Minister Lilleholt’s visit, a notable highlight of the summit was MHI Vestas’ unveiling of its new 10 megawatt offshore wind turbine. The world’s first ever double digit offshore wind turbine, it is the most powerful commercially available wind turbine and is ready for installation from 2021.