HUSUM WindEnergy, Списание Енерджи ревю - брой 4, 2012
Catch the wind in Husum
HUSUM WindEnergy 18–22 September 2012
The wind world has been coming to show its wares in Husum for almost
a quarter of a century, and HUSUM WindEnergy 2012 promises to be the
biggest and best wind show ever.
So how did a small town on the west coast of Germany’s northernmost
federal state become the wind capital of the world? It’s all about location,
location, location – and the fact that this is where the industry began to
grow from the dreams of a few pioneers to the global industry it is today.
Situated just south of the Danish border, Husum has been the hub of the
international wind industry from the very start, and has retained its leading
role as the premier global industry showcase because besides presenting
the most comprehensive range of products and services from all over the
world, it is also seen as the true home of wind power.
There are major trade fair venues all over Germany and the rest of Europe
that can offer concrete exhibition halls in downtown areas, but where
apart from Husum can you see a wind farm in action just a short walk
from the exhibition halls, or speak with locals who have years of experience
as turbine operators, or pop around the corner to see a training
tower used for practising work and rescue at height? Or see what public
acceptance means in practice. If there are lessons to be learned, they
have all been learned in Husum.
The simple fact is that Husum has the experience, the knowledge, and the
history as a centre of wind expertise, and its trade fair is the mother of
all wind trade fairs. This is why this year’s exhibition is expecting 40,000
visitors from 90 countries, who will be seeing the stands of 1,200 exhi bitors
from 30 nations, over a total exhibition space of 60,000 square metres.
HUSUM WindEnergy Congress
The congress, which runs parallel to the fair on 4 days (18–22 September
2012), will be offering more than 75 programme events in 4 conference
rooms. Around 200 speakers from all over the world will present and
discuss the latest topics and trends affecting the wind industry with the
approx. 5,000 expected congress visitors.
The NordseeCongressCentrum at the Husum exhibition grounds was
opened for the last HUSUM WindEnergy in 2010, and has since then
hosted a variety of renewables sector events. These include the Offshore
Business Meetings and Conference, organised by the Schleswig-Holstein
wind agency Windcomm, the World Summit for Small Wind organised
by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), and the New Energy
Congress, which runs parallel to Husum’s annual New Energy trade fair.
Saturday at the HUSUM WindEnergy Congress is as usual dedicated to
training and qualifi cation, with the now traditional Windcareer job fair.
There are plenty of jobs in the sun, wind and biomass industries. Enterprises
in the renewable energy sector will double their number of employ ees
over the next ten years. This will bring the total number of people employed
in the sector to over 500,000. There is already an enormous demand for
qualifi ed staff, and in the light of the advance of environmentally friendly
technology this number is be expected to rise signifi cantly. The German
labour market also profi ts directly from the global renewable energy boom.
German small and medium-sized enterprises see this promising sector
as a special dynamo for the German economy, the locomotive for future
economic development. Windcareer is where prospective employees can
meet their prospective employers, and where companies in the wind
sector have the opportunity to present the career prospects they offer.
The social side of things
True to its reputation for being more than just a trade fair, HUSUM
WindEnergy 2012 will once again be offering its exhibitors and visitors
the full Husum Experience. Whether you are a work hard, play hard type
of person, or someone who prefers to gently enjoy the fi ner things in
life after a long day at the fair, the organisers are doing their utmost to
ensure that you fi nd the right experience to suit yourself. The numerous
side events and parties that are held between the exhibition grounds, the
harbour and Husum’s own brewery, the Brauhaus, are very popular with
exhibitors, visitors and local residents alike, and have now become a tradition.
Such events encourage networking and getting to know one
another in an informal atmosphere.
HUSUM WindEnergy is and always has been about wind, from the days
when mainstream energy producers laughed at the very idea of wind
power on an industrial scale to today’s truly global industry. Wherever
there has been a debate on the future of wind, grid expansion and public
acceptance of turbines, Husum has always been the point of reference.
Whatever aspect of the industry you are involved in or need to fi nd out
about, from the smallest of components to complete systems, about
fi nancing or feed-in tariffs, remote monitoring or planning restrictions,
HUSUM WindEnergy has always been the leading showcase of the global
Husum has lived and worked with nature for centuries; Husum is synonymous
with wind, and this is why the wind world comes to Husum, the
wind capital of the world.