The 21st WINDFORCE Baltic Sea Conference will take place from November 20-21 in Warnemünde under the motto “Offshore wind: from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea. Implementing climate protection targets, creating jobs, strengthening industry”. This year’s conference partner is the WindEnergy Network e.V..
With international guests and national experts, the conference will focus on the sustainable development of offshore wind and “green” hydrogen.
“The WINDFORCE Baltic Sea Conference connects the Baltic Sea states across national borders and strengthens the professional exchange in the industry.
After previous conferences in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Poland and Sweden, it is time to share successful projects and experiences in the German Baltic Sea,” says Jens Assheuer, WAB Chairman of the Board.
“The international industry conference focusing on offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea region is of enormous importance for Rostock as a location,
particularly because new future prospects for the maritime industry are opening up here. The annual WAB e.V. event underlines the increasing importance of this economic sector for the entire Baltic Sea coastal region. We are delighted to be able to offer the industry a high-quality networking forum.” says Andree Iffländer, Chairman of the Board WindEnergy Network. e.V.
Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection and Ines Jesse, State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labor of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will open the conference.
The set topics of infrastructure, production capacities and skilled workers, service and maintenance as well as the international Baltic Sea outlook form an important basis for discussing experiences in the operation of Baltic Sea projects.
The necessary steps and challenges required to achieve the German government’s expansion targets will also be discussed.
The expansion to at least 230 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2050 in Europe can succeed if all European countries, ports and wind, maritime and supplier companies work together.
Investments in port infrastructure, in the supply industry and support for the ramp-up of production capacities require political framework conditions in order to achieve the targets and to be able to operate the plants safely in the future.
“WAB e.V. has long been committed to political dialog and the sustainable development of offshore wind supply chains in Europe. These in turn support the Baltic Sea states in the development of their offshore wind energy projects,” says Jens Assheuer, WAB Chairman of the Board.
Other specialist presentations will convey the many years of experience in service and operation.
In the international thematic block, Denmark will report on the new perspectives, Latvia on current project developments and Poland on the first financing of an offshore wind farm
and the progress in market development.
In an excursion on 20.11. with several stops, the topics of the conference will be taken up and the supply, service and maintenance industry will be visited.
The first hydrogen-powered crew transfer ship “Hydrocat”, which is used in the Baltic Sea, will give the conference participants a technically feasible impression on the way to a decarbonized economy.
Sponsors of the conference are: Deutsche WindGuard GmbH, FRS Windcat Offshore Logistics GmbH, Kinectrics Europe GmbH, North.io, Subsea Europe Services GmbH, WindEnergy Hamburg
Further information on the conference: https://windforce.info/balticsea-2023/program/