WindEurope Summit 2016, the world’s largest wind energy event, took place last week in Hamburg, Germany. The largest wind turbine manufactures and wind farm operators were present including Gamesa, Vestas, Enercon, Siemens, General Electrics, Iberdrola, Acciona and Dong Energy among others. In total, more than 1,200 exhibitors demonstrated their innovations and solutions from across the entire value chain of the industry.
In parallel with the exhibition, the WindEurope Summit conference was held with strong emphasis on the challenge to recover from the recent drop of investment in the wind energy industry in the recent years in Europe in order to meet the European targets of CO2 emissions reduction for 2020 and 2030. The main players agreed that reducing levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and favourable policies from governments would be the main solutions to recover investors to this industry.
In addition, the latest technical challenges including the necessity to reduce the cost of energy storage solutions, life extension and de-icing solutions for cold climate installations among others were addressed during the conference. Off-shore energy was one of the key topics in most of the sessions. The necessity to reduce the capital and operation and maintenances (O&M) costs of this plants were remarked as the key solutions to increase the competitiveness of this energy source.