HUSUM 2019: Digitalisation and matchmaking on the agenda for the big wind energy show

Digitalisation, big data, repowering and profitability will be on the agenda at HUSUM Wind 2019, running 10-13 September.

The show comes just ahead of a potentially key year for the local industry - many operating licences for wind turbines are due to expire in 2020, as turbines installed during the course of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) came into effect in 2000 and were designed for a service life of 20 years. One of HUSUM Wind's exhibitors, DEKRA, is working with operators to continue to use the turbines safely.

HUSUM Wind itself will include a big b2b matchmaking event that seeks to connect company and research representatives from various fields to discuss potential cooperation. 52 participants (25 from overseas) have signed up to take part in the Speed Dating format event.

The extensive forums and lecture programme will tackle all the big wind topics.

The first day of lectures will cover technical innovations in wind turbine construction, repowering and dismantling or further use and PPAs, plus lectures from RDRWind (Industrial Association for Repowering, Dismantling and Recycling of Wind Turbines).

The Plarad Supplier Forum and the VDE-Verlag Forum will take place on day two, with the latter presenting high-end technology for the digitalisation of wind turbines, including topics such as "Reprocessing of bearings and lubrication systems", "Innovative rotor blade and tower drive systems" and "Demand-oriented night marking".

The show also includes HUSUM Wind Innovation Day, curated by Dr Sascha Peters of Haute Innovation, the Berlin-based future agency for materials and technology. Trade visitors and exhibitors can inform themselves about innovative material technologies and new developments, especially with a view to the profitable continued operation of wind turbines. The forum organiser watt2.0 will discuss hydrogen as a promising storage solution for excess wind power on Wednesday, and on the following day they will focus on sector coupling with "Mobility meets Renewables".

On the third day of the fair, the lecture programme will continue with practical, predominantly technical topics such as electrical engineering, maintenance and repair or operational management and plant safety. Here, such organisations as TÜV Nord, ARGE Netz and ENGIE will present their projects.

And as usual, the last day of the trade fair will feature the Windcareer job fair.

No doubt the organisers will wish to avoid a repeat of the 2017's show, which (ironically) hit by a disruptive cyclone Sebastian.