For the first time, the WindEurope Summit, the world's largest wind conference, organised by the European Wind Energy Association will be taking place alongside the trade fair. Vattenfall CEO Magnus Hall was invited to the opening panel discussion, where the long-term expansion of wind energy in Europe was discussed intensively.
"In the medium to long term, we hope to generate power from non-subsidised wind energy. This is the key to widespread acceptance among the population. By obtaining the tender for Horns Rev3 and Danish Nearshore, we have shown that we are on the right path", said Magnus Hall.
Positive atmosphere in the wind sector
The colleagues from the wind and wholesale business units made over 100 appointments in advance to talk with business partners. The focus here was on exploring opportunities for cooperation and to talk to investors with an interest in partner models. And also to exchange ideas with countless suppliers, stakeholders and contract partners at the lively Vattenfall stand.
“This kind of trade fair is a wonderful opportunity to bring the whole of the wind energy sector together under one roof. As a supplier of offshore foundations, this is a great chance for us to discuss and explore ideas about future projects with partners such as Vattenfall in person”, said Sebastian Mönnich from EEW SPC. Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, was also among the visitors to the stand.
The discussions were held against the backdrop of the motto "Great people make all the difference". Gunnar Groebler, Head of BA Wind said:
"We are convinced it's the people that make the difference to projects. This positive atmosphere can be clearly felt. I would like to thank all of the highly motivated colleagues who are making fantastic contributions."
Interviews at the trade fair stand
Vattenfall is to invest €5 billion into the expansion of wind farms over the next five years. That's the same amount as was invested between 2002 and 2014.
"Wind is to become our new growth engine," said Gunnar Groebler.
In order to help achieve this, over the next 12 months around 130 employees will be recruited, from within Vattenfall and externally. The colleagues in HR had a lot on their hands at the fair. In the run-up, interested parties had the opportunity to apply for an interview at the trade fair. Over 300 applications were received, and 30 applicants were invited for an interview.
"Within the first few days we got to know several very good candidates. Introducing our company to applicants in such a special atmosphere at our stand was an exciting prospect", says Bastiaan Moll from HR Wind.
1,200 exhibitors at the biggest wind trade fair
Each day at the trade fair stand there are also short presentations on different key themes and Vattenfall is involved in various panel discussions.
In total, over 1,200 exhibitors are presenting at the trade fair, which is spread across nine exhibition halls, over a total area of 65,000 m2. The WindEnergy trade fair is taking place in Hamburg for the second time, and will switch locations between Hamburg and Hannover every year.
Video with Gunnar Groebler from WindEnergy