WindEnergy Hamburg | Round-up

Lofty ambitions for vast wind power build-outs – and the detailed policy measures that will make or break them in practice – dominated the agenda at WindEnergy Hamburg and its WindTV conference platform over four days of top-rank debate, commentary and analysis, all reported by Recharge as exclusive official media partner.

The move to an all-digital format did nothing to dilute the clout of the policy and industry leaders contributing to the event, and the opening ministerial line up was perhaps the most impressive in its history.

EU energy commissioner Kadri Simson underlined her backing for onshore and offshore wind as a vital plank of the bloc’s net-zero agenda, and pledged policy measures to help the sector achieve its potential of 750GW on land and 300GW at sea by 2050.

Technology, policy and how the relationship between the two will shape the future of onshore wind loomed large during the Hamburg week, with discussion of ever-larger turbines and how they can work with often flawed regulatory frameworks for permitting and repowering. Recharge was central to that debate with exclusive interviews with the technology chiefs of Vestas and Siemens Gamesa.

The WindEnergy Hamburg offshore wind agenda was dominated by scale, and the opportunities and challenges presented by the sector’s vast ambitions in terms of power and green hydrogen production. See below for exclusive insights from leading offshore developers RWE and Vattenfall.

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Wind power can make Europe 'world's first climate-neutral continent': WindEurope's Nauen

Siemens Gamesa CEO says 'foundations needed now' if sector is to help meet EU 2050 goal

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IEA: Fall in offshore wind costs may be steeper than seen in solar, but European OEMs could lose out to Chinese

International Energy Agency boss Fatih Birol tells digital event that he expects massive price reductions in offshore wind, but that the pioneering European manufacturers will face growing competition from Asia

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Offshore wind 'could meet 10% of Paris target' if governments back scale-up: Orsted/Equinor-led group

Report by Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition sets out five 'building blocks' for new markets that could underpin construction of over 1.4TW globally by 2050


'Distance rules a big downside to repowering potential': RWE Renewables' Dotzenrath

Industry demands streamlining of rules for replacing old turbines with new models on operating projects

UK and Belgian ministers connect on 'mutual interest' of linked-up offshore wind farms

Ministers discussed opportunities for North Sea interconnection, panel hears, as momentum for 'hybrid' projects grows

Limit to size of wind turbines set by 'social acceptance not technology' say industry chiefs

Community buy-in likely to be decisive and permitting system in dire need of overhaul, high-level conference panel hears

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'Technically, there is no upper limit to turbine size': Siemens Gamesa onshore technology chief

Wind OEM working on 'split' blade design for larger models and ways to dismantle machines for transport, says Jorge Magalhães

Vestas CTO: 'The more industrialised we can be as a sector the bigger the role we can play'

As the Danish wind giant buys out offshore venture partner MHI, technology chief Anders Nielsen talks with Darius Snieckus about innovation, the company's energy transition mission, and catching the market's 'fat fish'

'We are all pushing a large wave of projects to 2030 – this will not make it easy for anyone'

Taking over as head of Vattenfall's offshore wind business – including Europe's first zero-subsidy project – during Covid has taught Catrin Jung 'quite a bit', she tells Darius Snieckus

RWE eyes ‘sizeable positions‘ in East Asian and US offshore wind markets

German utility trying to increase its pipeline with projects in the US, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea, global offshore wind COO Sven Utermöhlen tells Recharge

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