Cyclone Forces Evacuation of Husum Wind Attendees — But the Show Goes On

On Wednesday, September 13, as Solar Power International attendees and exhibitors were packing up to go home after a great show in Las Vegas, on the other side of the Atlantic in Germany, attendees of Husum Wind, one of the largest wind energy trade shows in the world, were recovering after being evacuated due to a stronger-than-forecasted cyclone “Sebastian.”

The cyclone forced the 650+ exhibitors and all attendees in the lightweight exhibition to leave the exhibit hall as wind gusts of up to 140 km/h [87 miles per hour] swept through the north-western part of the country.

But on September 14, the halls were reopened, exhibitors we able to return to their booths and attendees returned to the show.

“Cyclone Sebastian created a bit of turmoil yesterday, but the evacuation of the halls proceeded in an orderly manner,” said Peter Becker, managing director of Messe Husum & Congress, adding “we are pleased we were able to open all the exhibition halls again today,”

Daniel SchauerManaging Director ee technik gmbh commented: “Sebastian also showed the non-North Frisians why Husum is the cradle of the wind industry. The hurricane temporarily interrupted the trade fair but we don’t let that dampen our spirits: we spontaneously shifted our stand event into our office building and postponed our appointments where possible.”

Husum Wind 2017 runs from Sept 12-15 and takes place every other year in Husum, Germany, which is on the North Sea coast. Over 650 exhibitors from the onshore and offshore wind industries attend, according to the show organizers. Next year Husum Wind’s sister show, WindEnergy Hamburg, will be held at Hamburg Messe from 25 to 28 September 2018. 

Image credit: ©HUSUM Messe & Congress / Tim Riediger

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at

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