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press conference

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WindEurope welcomes all press (editors, journalists, reporters, photographers…) to the Global Wind Summit 2018. During the event, the following benefits and services are offered:

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Press accreditation

Press accreditation for the Global Wind Summit is now open. Press accreditation is granted to journalists looking to attend the event for journalistic and editorial purposes. Accreditation gives full access to both the conference and exhibition.

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Press agenda

24 Sep

Global Wind Summit Opening Ceremony


  • Dr. Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Bernd Aufderheide, CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH
  • Ivor Catto, Chair, WindEurope
  • Hermann Albers, CEO, BWE
  • Dr. Mohamed Shaker El-Markabi; Minister for Electricity and Energy, Egypt
  • Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, Chief Executive Officer, E.ON Climate & Renewables
  • Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President, Business Area Wind, Vattenfall
  • Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, MHI Vestas
  • Hans-Dieter Kettwig, Chief Executive Officer, ENERCON
  • Markus Beyrer, Director General BusinessEurope

25 Sep

Ministerial Session

9:30 – 11:00

Location: Brussels room

  • Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
  • Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency
  • Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Denmark
  • Michael Losch, Director General for Energy, Federal Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development of Austria
  • Markus Beyrer, Director General, BusinessEurope
Industry panel discussion:
  • Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO, E.ON Climate and Renewables
  • Hans-Dieter Kettwig, CEO, ENERCON
  • Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Global Wind Summit Press Conference


Location: Conference A4, 2 UF, Shanghai room, Press Centre

  • Fatih Birol (Executive Director, International Energy Agency)
  • Michael Losch (Director General for Energy, Federal Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development of Austria)
  • Dr Markus Tacke (Chairman of VDMA Power Systems)
  • Giles Dickson (CEO, WindEurope)
  • Bernd Aufderheide (CEO, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH)
  • Ben Backwell (GWEC CEO) – moderator
  • Markus Beyrer, Director General BusinessEurope

InnoEnergy – Funding and support opportunities for wind energy innovations

Location: WindEurope Stage B1.OG.211

E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) Media Background Talk: Power Purchase Agreements for renewable generation

15:30 – 16:30

Location: Conference A4, 2 UF, Shanghai room, Press Centre

Keynote and discussion with

  • Sven Utermöhlen, COO
  • Lars Meckenstock, Director Asset Commercialization

26 Sep

WindEurope in cooperation with VDMA

8:30 – 13:00

Press trip – guided visit of Siemens Gamesa’s ETES ‘hot stones’ storage facility & Nordex Group’s Academy (upon invitation only)

Official opening of Hack the Wind 2018, the second edition of the hugely successful Hack the Wind hackathon


Location: East Entrance (next to conference halls)

Sentient Science Wind Challenge winner announcement

16:00 – 16:30

Location: WindEurope Stage B1.OG.211

Official launch of the WindEurope Ports Platform


Location: WindEurope Stand, Hall B1, B1.OG.211 & B1.OG.311

27 Sep

Hack the Wind 2018

Final demonstrations


Location: East Entrance to access hackathon area (next to conference halls)

Announcement of winner and award ceremony

15:00 – 16:00

WindEurope Stage B1.OG.211

The prospects for offshore wind in Poland

16:30 – 17:00

Location: WindEurope Stage B1.OG.211, 16.30-17:00

Poland’s energy system is undergoing a transition. As a result of depleted coal resources and EU climate policy goals, Poland is set to become one of the most exciting markets for renewable energy. Poland’s geographical location puts it in a great position to be at the forefront of kick-starting the offshore wind market in the Baltic Sea. 

This press briefing will present the results of a new study by consultancy IBS. The study identifies a number of challenges and opportunities for the development of offshore wind in Poland. 

Come and ask questions of the main players in Polish offshore wind:

  • Zbigniew Gryglas MP, Polish Parliament
  • Arkadiusz Seksciński, Acting President,  Management Board, PGE EO
  • Janusz Gajowiecki PWEA CEO
  • Robert Zajdler IBS, Associate Professor, Warsaw University of Technology
  • Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Officer, WindEurope
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