The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.

Hannover Messe Provides International Wind Opportunities

The event marked the most successful show in 10 years, with over 6,500 companies from 65 countries displaying and sharing their innovative industry concepts. Over 230,000 visitors—an increase of 10-15 percent over the 2009 event—traversed the more than 30 halls, spanning 5.3 million square feet of exhibit space. (For comparison's sake, 2010's attendance numbers are not as relevant as 2009's, as the volcanic ash situation affected attendance last year.) Companies from a variety of industries and sectors, with energy, power plant, digital, vacuum, automation, and micro and nano technologies all represented.

To attendees, the continued growth of the event was a hopeful indicator for the global economy—a fitting theme historically speaking because it recalled the Messe’s original goal; the now-giant international trade show was originally established to help a war-ravaged Germany rebuild after World War II by promoting the export of German goods and services. “This year’s event in Hannover has given industry a real boost, powering it up to drive the economic recovery,” said Deutsche Messe Managing Board Chairman Dr. Wolfram von Fritsch. “This Hannover Messe has generated even more momentum for industry as the force behind the economic upswing.”

AWEA participated in the event as an exhibitor in the Wind Energy Hall alongside more than 260 other companies focused on wind power generation technology, components and services. Additionally, as both a visitor and a forum participant, AWEA efforts also served to represent the American wind power companies looking to export to European markets. 

One of the 60 sessions offered was a strategic dialogue on Investments in the Offshore Wind Industry, sponsored by the German state of Niedersachsen. The German-American expert panel featured AWEA Director of Business Development Jeff Anthony, who provided an overview of the state of offshore wind in the U.S., highlighting the vast offshore resources here, recent developments in federal siting and permitting guidelines, and the enormous potential for growth.

Several opportunities for European-American cooperative efforts were explored in this three-hour session.

“The offshore wind industry in the United States can certainly benefit from lessons learned by the European offshore wind industry,” Anthony said. “We intend to offer an exploratory session like this at the AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2011.” That event takes place Oct. 11-13 in Baltimore, Md. For more information, go to




GE Digital Wind Farm

GE Introduces Digital Wind Farm that Could Boost Production 20 Percent, Re-ignites Alstom Buyout Talk

Meg Cichon, Associate Editor General Electric (GE) is pushing its wind farms to join the big data revolution with its new Digital Wind Farm, announced this week at Windpower 2015 in Orlando, Fla. amidst talk that its $15 billion offer to buy Alstom’s p...
Wind turbine

Bigger Wind Turbine Towers = Bigger US Development Opportunity

Meg Cichon, Associate Editor Wind energy already accounts for about 5 percent of U.S. electricity generation, which crowned the nation as the global leader in wind production late last year. There is now more than 65 gigawatts (GW) of capacit...
Wind turbines

Wind Energy Is Crucial in the Fight Against Climate Change, Says US Energy Secretary

Meg Cichon, Associate Editor

The opening general session at Windpower 2015 marked the first appearance by an U.S. energy secretary at the show, “which is surprising,” said current energy secretary Ernest Moniz, “but better late than never.”

Renewable Power Can Now Flow All Over Europe

Rachel Morison and Weixin Zha After almost two years of delays, Germany, France and their neighbors in central-western Europe connected their electricity markets on Wednesday under a system that lets prices dictate where power flows between countries. F...
Anyah is the Associate Editor & Speechwriter at the American Wind Energy Association, where she has worked since 2009. At AWEA, she contributes to online and print publications, including the Association newsletter, the Wind Energy Weekly. She als...


Volume 18, Issue 3


To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:


Tweet the Editors! @megcichon @jennrunyon



Doing Business in Brazil – in partnership with GWEC, the Global Win...

Brazil is one of the most promising markets for wind energy.  Ranke...

Energy Storage USA 2015

Energy Storage USA is the leading conference in the United States focuse...

Wind Power Central America

Wind power projects are expected to reach 46GW of total installed capaci...


SunEdison Expands Residential Market Offerings with New PPA, Sales ...

SunEdison has largely focussed on the commercial and utility-scale solar...

Are You Ready for a Natural Disaster?

Guest post by Jenna Clarke  Living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virg...

Deadline for Inclusion in Solar Power World's Top Solar Contractors...

UPDATE: The official deadline for the Solar Power World T...


Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now