Renewable Energy World Europe Preview

Europe is on a clean energy mission. The EU, national governments and individual regions and cities across the continent are all turning up the pressure to generate and consume energy from cleaner, more sustainable sources, and renewables are at the heart of that drive.

Against that background, an event that brings the incredibly diverse and vibrant European renewables sector together under one roof to hear about the latest technology and policy developments, and to discuss the big issues, becomes a key date for those with a stake in the burgeoning industry.

The Renewable Energy World Europe Conference & Exhibition has quickly established itself as the continent’s leading event covering the entire range of renewables technologies. This year the event takes place from 8–10 June at the RAI in Amsterdam, the Netherlands – a nation that has been one of Europe’s leaders in developing renewables capacity and a capital with ambitions to be one of the world’s pioneering ‘Smart Cities’.

The conference line-up for 2010 includes sessions that span onshore and offshore wind, PV, CSP, geothermal energy, biomass and renewable mobility among many others.

In the wind power sector, Renewable Energy World Europe includes speakers from EWEA and Vestas in a session devoted to the onshore market. And, in what promises to be a fascinating session on the unique challenges involved in developing Europe’s offshore wind infrastructure, participants will hear about the latest thinking in areas such as foundations and anchoring, and turbine installation.

Conference delegates will also get the chance to hear an expert, first-hand insight into the potential and ambitions in PV of Turkey – one of the most important markets on the edge of Europe and a nation that is seen as offering significant growth potential.

Prof. Sener Oktik, rector of Mugla University and director of its Clean Energy Resources R&D Centre, will speak in the second day’s PV session to address the issue of ‘How and when Turkish industries join the international PV value chain.’ Prof. Oktik is a senior physicist regarded as a leading authority on PV in Turkey and beyond, who has worked with international bodies including the EU and IEA.

The Renewable Energy World Europe plenary session considers the issues facing the sector’s big players as they bring renewables into the heart of their business, and asks – is there an optimal mix to aim for?

Scheduled to appear on the discussion panel are Werner Gotz, general manager of EnBW Renewables, Marie-Luise Portner, managing director of juwi Wind, Tod Perry from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a senior representative of the European Renewable Energy Council.

A taste of the event’s other sessions gives a flavour of the diverse agenda on offer at Renewable Energy World Europe. For example, Renewable Mobility: Urban Concepts, taking place on Wednesday 9 June, will give delegates an insight into the challenges and opportunities of integrating renewables into the transport infrastructures of Europe’s major conurbations.

The roster of scheduled speakers includes Pietro Perlo, director at Centro Ricerche, Fiat, and chairman of the Automotive Working Group of the European Technology Platform EPoSS on Smart Systems Integration. Also speaking will be representatives from respected energy consulting group KEMA and German research giant Fraunhofer IWES.

Renewable Energy World Europe will share a number of key sessions with its co-located events, including POWER-GEN Europe and POWERGRID Europe. Together these add up to the biggest power event in Europe, bringing the entire industry under one roof.

These shared sessions include the Opening Keynote on Tuesday 8 June, which will welcome three big-hitters to the RAI. The conference will be opened by Ruud Lubbers, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands who has a number of roles in the energy sector, including chair of the Energy Research Centre and of the Council of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative.

Another of the keynote speakers is Frank Wouters, Chief Executive of Masdar Power, and therefore a speaker who will be of particular interest to the renewables community.

Masdar has established itself as a major investor in clean technology projects in the United Arab Emirates and internationally – for example, the London Array offshore wind project – and has built up a range of interests across the spectrum of renewables technologies.

Completing the opening trio is Joost van Dijk, chief executive of E.ON Benelux, one of the region’s major utilities which also has a significant portfolio of renewable energy assets.

There will be a joint plenary panel session on Wednesday 9 June tackling a subject of particular significance to the renewable energy sector. The panel will address the theme ‘Climate policy uncertainty – where does the power industry go from here?’

Moderating the discussion will be Stephen Sackur, the BBC broadcast journalist best known for the Hard Talk current affairs programme on BBC World.

With a packed conference, major exhibition and stimulating discussion panels, Renewable Energy World Europe will be a key date in the sector’s calendar this summer.

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