European and American Collaboration On Offshore Wind

offshore wind turbine in Germany
Offshore wind turbines, like this one in Germany, are a model for the United States.
(cc) Danny Rimpl

The 1st Annual Offshore Summit: European-American Dialog, to be held on September 10th and 11th 2009 in Rostock, Germany will promote the exchange of experience between Europe and the United States concerning offshore wind projects.

Remarkable developments cannot only be found in Europe and Germany, but particularly on the US-Market; as Americans strongly focus on the developments taking place in Europe. On June 23rd 2009, the US administration approved five offshore wind projects along the coasts of New Jersey and Delaware. US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, declared the expansion of offshore wind energy as an administrative issue with the highest priority.

Together, the four offshore projects in New Jersey, each with 350 megawatts of installed capacity, will produce enough electricity to supply up to 120,000 households. Construction of the first five turbines is slated to begin in 2012; in turn producing offshore electricity that will begin to run in 2013.

There is also progress through the Cape Wind Project in Massachusetts, where 130 turbines are to be erected. Energy Management Inc. of Massachusetts, the project’s developers, anticipate a significant number of new jobs in production, grid expansion, logistics, as well as maintenance and service.

The combination of American and European wind energy projects, the distinctions of the respective markets, and the intensive dialog between experts from the manufacturer and supply chain side stand in the limelight of the Offshore Summit 2009 in Rostock.

An early and clear exchange of experience between European offshore companies and the United States is the subject of this summit, planned to be an annual event. Host and initiator of this occasion is Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The event is being organized by the GADORE Center USA (German-American Dialog on Renewable Energy). Representatives from the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and VDMA Power Systems will be attending, as well as representatives from the states of New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Maryland who will be reporting about their offshore activities.

Manufacturers and developers of offshore wind energy turbines including Siemens Wind Power, REpower Systems, Gamesa, and Clipper as well as the EnBW Erneuerbare Energien, project planners of offshore wind farms, will offer their experience and insight while presenting their projects and participating in panel discussions.

A higher priority is given to the strategically important offshore supply chain: numerous suppliers and project partners, amongst others, MWB Motorenwerke Bremerhaven, Hochtief Construction, Converteam, ep4offshore, Ed. Zueblin, WeserWind and many more, will be speaking about complex problems and efficient solutions.

“Internationally diverse alignments, experience and competence within the offshore industry are in this event’s focus.” says Annette Nuesslein, owner of the GADORE Center USA.

The Managing Director of Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Michael Sturm, explains, “The Offshore-Summit: European-North American Dialog will become an annual event in Rostock, serving as a platform for intercontinental exchange”. Just recently, construction work began for the first offshore wind farm along Mecklenburg-West Pomerania’s coast. Principle of the offshore wind farm “Baltic 1” is Vattenfall Europe Baltic Offshore Grid (VEBOG), operated by Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg (EnBW).

“Baltic 1” will include 21 wind energy turbines with a total capacity of 48.3 megawatts. The annual yield of approximately 180 gigawatt hours of power will supply more than 50,000 households with electricity.

In the spring of 2008, EnBW acquired four offshore wind energy projects with a total capacity of around 1,200 megawatts. With “Baltic 1” off the shores of the Fishland-Darss-Zingst peninsular and Kriegers Flak off Ruegen’s shores, two of those wind energy projects can be found in the Baltic Sea; “He dreiht” and “Hochseewindpark Nordsee” are located in the North Sea. In total, around three billion Euros will be invested within the next years.

The combination of American and European wind energy projects, the distinctions of the respective markets and the intensive dialog between experts from the manufacturer and supply chain side stand in the limelight of the Offshore Summit 2009 in Rostock.

The GADORE Center USA, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania serves as a meeting point for small and medium-sized companies seeking to take advantage of their opportunities within the North American market. Some of the services offered in the Center include office space, intermediation of industry contacts, support during promotional and public relation activities, organization of exhibition appearances at the leading North American trade fairs (joint booths) and assistance during company establishment and growth.

Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH is the economic development agency of the German Federal State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and can be seen as a “one- stop agency” partner for companies intending to move and expand into the Mecklenburg- Western Pomeranian area. As a central contact point, they help companies in finding qualified professionals, assist those during realty searches or arrange contact to networks within the industries; as well as promoting the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on both an national as well as international level.

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