WINDFORCE Conference 2019: 21st & 22nd of May in Bremerhaven

Celebrate with us the 15th anniversary

The WINDFORCE Conference 2019 offers a varied program for and by deciders of the national and international offshore wind industry. We are expecting participants from Asia, North and South America and from our neighbouring European countries and are very proud to present the Netherlands as a partner country for the first time this year.

In cooperation with NWEA and NNOW we are also expecting several Dutch speakers and participants. Besides the political discussion about the expansion of offshore wind energy in Germany, the technological development of offshore wind, the internationalisation as well as sector coupling and hydrogen technology will be the main topic of the WINDFORCE Conference 2019. A special highlight will be the Inn2POWER B2B Matchmaking.

Be invited to discuss, meet deciders and experts and actively shape the future of the wind industry!

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WINDFORCE Conference Program 21 & 22 May

We are pleased that Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier is taking over the patronage of the WINDFORCE Conference this year.

He sends Dr Urban Rid, Director general energy policy, electricity and grids | Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, to Bremerhaven.

08:00 - 15:45h Registration



13:00 - 15:00h Inn2POWER - B2B-Matchmaking

15:00 - 16:00h Welcome Coffee

16:00 - 19:00h Words of Welcome and Panel Discussion

approx. 19:30h WINDFORCE Dinner: Excursion to "Nordergründe"


Opening of the WINDFORCE Conference // WORDS OF WELCOME: 16:00 - 17:00h

Andreas Wellbrock, Managing Director WAB e.V. | Dr Urban Rid, Director General for Energy Policy - Electricity and Grids, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy | Dr Joachim Lohse, Senator for Environment, Urban Development and Mobility Free Hanseatic City of Bremen | Melf Grantz, Lord Mayor of Bremerhaven | Hans Timmers, Chairman De Nederlandse WindEnergie Associatie (NWEA)


PANEL DISCUSSION: 17:00 - 18:00h

"The Energy Transition in a National and European Perspective"

Chair: Dr Ralf Köpke, Chief Reporter Energie & Management

Dr Joachim Lohse, Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Peter Barth, Vice President Offshore, Amprion

Thomas Röwekamp, Chairman of the CDU Parliamentary Group Bremen

Meinhard Geiken, District Manager IG Metall Coast

Matthias Zelinger, Managing Director VDMA Power Systems

Holger Gassner, Head of Strategy, Regulatory Affairs & R&D Renewables innogy


PANEL DISCUSSION: 18:00 - 19:00h

"The Energy Transition in a National and European Perspective"

Chair: Hans Timmers, Chairman De Nederlandse Windenergie Associatie (NWEA)

Giles Dickson, CEO WindEurope

Catrin Jung, Head of Market Development Offshore, Vattenfall Europe Windkraft

Dr. Hannah König, Head of Wind and Maritime Technology EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg

Philippe Kavafyan, CEO MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Rainer Broering, Genereal Manager GE Renewable Energy

Session A: News from the Global Market (9:00 - 10:30h | Room A)

Chair: Norbert Giese

Dr Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, Director of Renewable Energy Center, Institute of Energy, Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) | Raoul Kubitschek, Managing Director petawatt energy consultancy | Edgare Kerkwijk, Board Member Asia Wind Energy Association | Nicola Michels, Managing Director Choose New Jersey Europe Office | Philipp Hahn, Deputy Managing Director the German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce Abroad (Rio de Janeiro)


Session F: Operation and Maintenance (9:00 - 10:30h | Room B)

Chair: Jens Assheuer

Malcom Newton, Senior Inspection Engineer Bluestream Offshore | Niels Noordeloos, Business Development Manager Deutsche Windtechnik | Thomas Zapp, Associate and Sales Engineer GreenGate | Robert Hörmann, Founder and Managing Director Aero Enterprise | Stephan Wrage, CEO SkySails Marine Performance | Claus Sejersen, Sales and Marketing Director REETEC

----------------------------------------- 10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

Session B: Home of the Windmills - Development in the Netherlands and Dutch Expertise (11:00 - 12:00h | Room A)

Chair: Hans Timmers & Eddi Doornbos

Rob van der Hage, Manager Offshore Grid Development TenneT | Jorrit Vervoordeldonk, Sustianability Consultant Metabolic | Gijs Hulscher, Founder and Technical Director BMO Measurement Solutions | Christopher Grock, Business Development & Implementation Manager BMO Measurement Solutions | Jan de Vries, Ballast Nedam


Session G: Project Development, Financing and Risk Management (11:00 - 12:00h | Room B)

Chair: Oliver Moß

Dr Carmen Schneider, Partner Chatham Partners | Dr Mathias Hörmann, Senior Underwriter - Wind Power Expert Munich Re | Dr Jérôme Guillet,Managing Director Green Giraffe

---------------------------------- 12:00 - 12:30 Coffee break


Room A: 12:30-13:00h: "Value Creation in the German Offshore Wind Energy - a current Survey" - Dirk Briese, CEO wind:research

Room B: 12:30-13:00h: "Offshore wind energy and transmission network bottlenecks" - Dr Friedrich Koch, Managing Director WP & More Consulting

---------------------------------- 01:00 - 01:45 Lunch break

Session C: Hydrogen Technologies and workable Applications (13:45 - 15:15h | Room A)

Chair: Heiko Stohlmeyer

Dr Alexander Dyck, Head of Department Urban and Building Technologies German Aerospace Centre | Prof Mart van der Meijden, Professor at Large Scale Sustainable Power Supply TU Delft | André Steinau, Speaker of the Company Management GP JOULE | Ilona Dickschas, Head of Strategy and Business Development Hydrogen Solutions Siemens | Jens Schumann, Chairman of the Board of Management Gasunie Germany | Raphael Schoentgen, Founder and CEO Hydrogen Advisors


Session H: Floating Foundations and optimized Fabrications (13:45 - 15:15h | Room B)

Chair: Jean Huby

Dr Aligi Foglia, Senior Scientists Structures Fraunhofer IWES | Elson Martins, Offshore Wind Associate The Carbon Trust & Emily Northridge, Offshore Wind Analyst The Carbon Trust | Ole Stobbe, Business Development Manager Norther Europe Ideol Offshore | Thomas Pontow, CEO b.offshore | Javier Nieto, Offshore Divison Manager Esteyco


Session D: Future Mobility and Drive Concepts (15:15 - 16:15h | Room A)

Chair: Irina Lucke

Lorenz Heller, Alstom | Zukui Hu, Head of Sales, Commercial & Utily, Energy Storage EMEA Tesla | Claas Schott, Chairman H2BX | Carsten-S. Wibel, Managing Director A&R Special Vessels

-----------------------------------------04:15 - 04:45 Coffee break

Session I: Current Turbine Developments and Installation (15:15 - 16:15h | Room B)

Chair: Dr Dennis Kruse

Prof Peter Quell FH Kiel | Endi Zhai Chief Engineer of Goldwind and General Goldwind Science & Technology  | Philippe Kavafyan, CEO MHI Vestas Offshore Wind | Karsten Merker, Sales Leader Nothern Europe, Offshore Wind GE Renewable Energy

----------------------------------------- 04:15 - 04:45 Coffee break

Session E: Blockchain - Hype or Future Technology (16:45 - 18:00h | Room A)

Chair: Klaus Lorenz

Dr Eckehard Büscher, Head of Energy Industry Network - Smart Energy EnergyAgency.NRW | Maximilian Irlbeck, Coordinator of topic platform Digitisation in the Energy Sector ZD.B, Center for Digitization.Bavaria | Dr Carmen Schneider, Partner Chatham Partner


Session K: Foundations: Proven and innovative Approaches (16:45 - 18:00h | Room B)

Chair: Dr Antje Wagenknecht

Maik Rienecker, CEO Steel Inspect | Jesper P. Elzinga, Environment Engineer Van Oord | Dr Ralf Hubo Managing Dirctor Steelwind Nordenham | Martin van Leeuwen, Manager Technology and Market Development International Zinc Association | David Landier, Réseau de Transport d‘Electricité,
S.A.(RTE France)


18:30: Barbecue

ATLANTIC Hotel Sail City
Am Strom 1
27568 Bremerhaven

We have reserved a contingent of rooms for you. To obtain the password, please contact the WAB office.

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

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