Inn2POWER offshore wind events coming to Copenhagen, Stuttgart, Ostend and many more
The Interreg North Sea Region project Inn2POWER has started into its fourth and final year with exciting events on the agenda. Participants of the WindEurope Offshore 2019 conference in Copenhagen in late November will be able to take part in an Energy Innovation B2B Matchmaking organised by Energy Innovation Cluster, one of our Danish Inn2Power project partners. A second event in Stuttgart in early December will focus on jobs along the offshore wind value chain across Germany. Many more events and activities will follow in 2020!
North Sea Region, 18 November 2019 – During the upcoming months, Inn2POWER offers a wide range of events and activities all focussed on one objective: supporting companies in the Offshore wind supply chain in the North Sea Region, especially SME’s, with their innovation and transnational growth ambitions! These supportive events, activities, newly developed tools are offering solutions to the detected barriers for growth and innovation in the following domains: business development and transnational innovative collaborations, access to test and demonstration facilities, managerial capabilities, availability of staff etc.
Copenhagen. A first event will be held on 25 November at the Copenhagen Admiral Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. This event directly precedes the WindEurope Offshore 2019 event from 26 to 28 November. The “Energy Innovation B2B Matchmaking” offers the opportunity to network with a focussed audience from the offshore wind and related industries from the North Sea and Baltic Sea Region, including the opportunity to book one-to-one meetings with other participants in advance! Registration for this exciting event closes 20 November, so register asap to join participants including MHI Vestas, Siemens GRE, Semco Maritime, Bladt Industries and many more. “We are expecting around 100 participants to attend on the day for fruitful and productive networking supported by EIC and all the Inn2POWER partners” says Gustavo Ferraz de Luna from EIC.
This will be the 12th event in the series of focussed business matchmaking events organised so far by the Inn2POWER project. Taking place in the last 2 years these hugely popular events have attracted over 1000 delegates and have proven to be excellent forums for companies to get together to discuss future innovations and partnership opportunities. A majority of the B2B participants took the opportunity to identify potential partners upfront together with their national cluster organisation in the Inn2POWER project by making use of the newly developed Networking Tool. „Unlike with traditional networking, it is a clear advantage to know in advance that there is a basis for a targeted dialogue when we meet. And the crucial thing is that we meet the relevant partners in real life. This is where relationships are created, and collaboration occurs,” explains sales manager Maj Winther Møller from Danish-Polish company BIC Electric.
Stuttgart. Another event will take place on 2 December in Stuttgart, Germany, as part of the German Inland Campaign. The event will highlight the offshore wind industry’s ability to create and secure jobs along the value chain in Germany. Under the title "Wind power from the sea: Jobs & industrial policy significance", the WAB invites industry experts to Stuttgart to discuss the current situation of the offshore industry in Germany. The event will be hosted by EnBW, one of Germany’s largest offshore wind farm Operators.
Participants of the event will learn why a strong domestic market is of vital importance for most small and medium-sized enterprises in the offshore wind industry. This market enables these companies to tap their export potential, which offers the necessary long-term basis for creating further jobs. A swift implementation of the offshore wind special contribution in Germany agreed in the federal government’s coalition treaty is therefore key to the sector’s short-term development. It will help alleviate the "thread break" in the domestic expansion of wind energy at sea, securing threatened jobs in the wind industry, and help avoid a loss of know-how. The offshore wind industry is ready and able to install up to 2 gigawatts of additional capacity before 2026.
Ostend. Up to 1000 Belgian youngsters will have played at the end of January 2020 in the Offshore Wind Escape Room, set up by one of the Belgian Inn2POWER partners POM West-Flanders in the Belgian offshore wind hub Ostend. “Raising awareness about the sector and its attractive future job opportunities helps to overcome the growing barrier to find enough qualified staff to make all the innovation and growth ambitions reality” explains Ira Lardinois, project lead at POM. In March 2020 the Belgian Offshore Days will be hosting again an Inn2POWER B2B Matchmaking Event.
Esbjerg and other cities around the North Sea. “Future Scenario’s in Strategy Development” is the next module of the Offshore Wind Energy MBA which will be held in April in Esbjerg. This sector focussed MBA has been developed by Hochschule Bremerhaven and Business Academy SouthWest. “The latest research insights are combined with real industry challenges in highly interactive modules which boost the managerial capabilities of the participants” explains Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lukas from Hochschule Bremerhaven, University of Applied Sciences
In the past three years, Inn2POWER has become an effective platform for the offshore wind clusters of the North Sea region to exchange information and to support SMEs in finding innovative business collaborations across borders. “We were able to connect companies throughout the entire supply chain to expand their business. The aim of Inn2POWER is to expand the innovative capacity of the offshore wind industry and therefore to improve access to the offshore wind industry for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Eleven partners from five countries in the North Sea region (Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands) are working hand in hand”, says Irina Lucke, Chairwoman of the Executive Board of WAB.
Inn2POWER is a joint four-year-project of eleven partners – business clusters, universities, public services and port authorities. These partners are part of the leading Offshore Wind Clusters in the North Sea Region, including Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The project is helps to expand the capacity for innovation from SME’s in the offshore wind industry and to improve their access to the offshore wind industry. Inn2POWER is co-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund – Interreg North Sea Region Programme.
EIC B2B Matchmaking Event: https://energyinnovationb2b-2019.b2match.io/
Offshore Wind Company Directory: inn2power.eu/mapping
Offshore Wind Energy MBA: http://owemba.com
Test facilities marketplace: testfacilities.eu
Ira Lardinois, POM West-Vlaanderen
POM online: www.pomwvl.be
Lead Transnational collaboration:
Lead Offshore Wind Energy MBA:
Sarah Niddrie-Web, Opergy
Opergy online: www.opergy.co.uk
Wolfgang Lukas, Hochschule Bremerhaven
Offshore wind energy MBA: www.owemba.com