The WINDFORCE Baltic Sea offers a unique focus on the challenges in the Baltic Sea region. The two day conference targets on experiences and questions concerning offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea region. The conference will be continued every two years, each time in another country.

WINDFORCE Baltic Sea Program 13 & 14 February 2019 (event has already been held)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk
Długi Targ 19, 80-828 Gdansk, Poland

We kindly inform you that we cannot make any bookings for you.

Arrival and guided city tour in the town of Gdansk (07.00 p.m. | Meeting Point in front of the hotel)

09.00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. | Opening Speeches / Words of Welcome

  • Andreas Wellbrock, CEO of WAB, Germany
  • Zbigniew Gryglas, Head of Parliamentary Group for Offshore Wind Energy, Poland
  • Mariusz Witonski, President of Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society, Poland
  • Andreas Wagner, CEO of German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation, Germany: „Baltic Sea Declaration Offshore Wind"

10.30 a.m. - 01.00 p.m. | Presentation of the Study:„Global Offshore Wind Energy: Market, Development, Opportunities and Challenges” (Dirk Briese, CEO of wind:research, Germany)

Session 1: Status of Offshore Wind Energy in the Political Discussion

  • Mariusz Witonski, President of Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society, Poland
  • Andreas Wagner, CEO of German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation, Germany: “Status and Prospects for Offshore Wind Energy in Germany”

01.00. p.m. - 02.00 p.m. | Lunch Break

02.00 p.m. - 03.30 p.m. | Session 2: Latest Experience in Construction and Financing

  • Holger Matthiesen, Project Director of E.ON Climate & Renewables Services, Germany:
    “Arkona – experience from construction and early operation of the largest Offshore windfarm in the Baltic Sea”
  • Dr. Dominik Thumfart, Managing Director of Deutsche Bank, Infrastructure and Energy Finance, United Kingdom: “Latest financing developments in the global offshore"
  • Udo Schneider, Green Giraffe (GGEB), Germany: „Offshore wind – energizing an industry. An investors perspective"

03.30 p.m. - 04.00 p.m. | Coffee Break

04.00 p.m. - 06.00 p.m. | Session 3:  Experience, Knowledge and Potential in Quality and Automatization

  • Maik Rienecker, CEO of Steel Inspect, Germany: „Scope of an optimized fabrication monitoring for offshore wind steel components – based on our holistic quality control approach"
  • Robert Hörmann, CEO of AeroEnterprise, Austria: „AUTOMATIZATION IN WIND TURBINE INSPECTION - Intelligent use of Drones with Software based Analysis and Reporting System“
  • Dr. Johannes Trost, Partner of LEBUHN & PUCHTA Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Solicitor, Germany: „Autonomous Offshore Operation – De we need to change the maritime liability regime to cope with the new technologies?”

07.00 p.m. | WINDFORCE Dinner

A rustic evening in the restaurant Brovarnia, Gdansk (ul. Szafarnia 9, 80-755 Gdansk)

09.00 a.m. - 10.30 | Session 4: Preparation of Seabed and Potential of concrete Foundation

  • Henrik Kolberg, Business Development of ONP Management, Germany: “Concrete in Offshore Wind – the better alternative?”
  • Javier Nieto, Offshore Divison Manager of Esteyco, Spain: “Elisa Technology. Concrete self-installing and telescopic offshore wind tower: An opportunity for the Baltic Sea”

10.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. | Coffee Break

11.00 a.m. - 12.00. p.m. | Session 5: Developing of Polish Offshore Windfarms

  • Robert Grzegorowski, Managing Director of PGE Energia Odnawialna S.A., Poland
  • Joanna Rzepecka, Director of the Board at Baltic Trade and Invest, Poland

12.00 p.m. - 01.00 p.m.  | Lunch Break

01.00 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. | Session 6: Baltic Sea Development and Future Potential

  • Dr. Berit Tennbakk, Partner at THEMA Consulting Group, Norway:“Potentials and barriers for coordinated offshore wind development in the Baltic Sea”
  • Mattias Wärn, CEO & Co-Founder of Svea Vind Offshore, Sweden, „Potential for Offshore Wind in the Swedish Baltic Sea – Synergies between Offshore Wind and Hydrogen”
  • Thilo Krupp, Project Manager of German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation, Germany „Integrated Baltic Offshore Wind Electricity Grid Development (Baltic InteGrid)”

02.30 p.m. | Closing Words


  • Andreas Wellbrock, WAB e.V., Germany
  • Andreas Wagner, German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation, Germany

In order to receive an official name badge, you have to register by the 22nd of January. If you register after the 22nd of January, you will not receive a name badge, which is connected to the program book.

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