Previous newsletters
POWER cluster newsletter

Volume 3 - May 2009


POWER cluster
Developing the North Sea Offshore Wind POWER Cluster

This is the 3rd volume of the POWER cluster project newsletter featuring information about project progress, deliverables and network events.
 
Source: POWER clusterDrawing on the achievements made in its predecessor POWER, the POWER cluster project concentrates its activities on some main challenges of the offshore wind energy development in the North Sea Region: Social Acceptance, Business Cooperation and Skills Development.  



 

Source:
POWER cluster
 
The POWER cluster partners are glad to keep you updated on offshore wind energy issues in general and on POWER cluster activities and outcomes via the project website and newsletter.
 
The POWER cluster project is supported by the North Sea Region (NSR) Interreg IVB Programme.
Time to talk Europe

From 4th-5th of February 2009 the POWER cluster project consortium met in Norwich and Lowestoft, UK, for its second transnational meeting. The first part of the meeting was held alongside the Southern North Sea Conference (SNS09) Seabed, Surface & Skyline, offering POWER cluster project partners great opportunities to network and gain information about UK offshore energy developments.

At the conference, the POWER cluster partner East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) gave a general presentation about the POWER cluster project, stressing the importance of a united approach towards meeting the challenges raised by the burgeoning offshore wind farm businesses in the North Sea.

SNS09, that was partly sponsored by POWER cluster, had immediate links into the POWER cluster project work packages 2 and 3 about offshore wind “Business” and “Skills” in the North Sea region.

SNS09 delegate studying the POWER cluster project roll up. Source: EEEGRAs John Best, chief executive of EEEGR, presented the POWER cluster project, he pleaded to the conference delegates that headlines about British jobs for British people ought to be replaced by a focus on European jobs for European people.

“It is all about building relationships,” said John Best, underlining that there would be opportunities for work on both sides of the North Sea which meant the exchange of engineering and technical skills and workers was vital. They would be creating careers for life.

It meant joint efforts on training, tackling skills shortages and setting European quality standards.

Source: EEEGR

“But we need to stop thinking about it and start delivering the capacity that is needed to meet our energy needs,” Mr. Best said.

“We also need a much greater public awareness that energy is not just something that comes out of the wall when you put the switch down.”

The POWER cluster is a transnational approach to communicating the benefits of offshore wind energy to the public, creating a business platform to foster offshore wind development in the North Sea region, preparing a workforce to meet those needs and further develop its role as a European force.
 

From 4th-5th of February 2009 the POWER cluster project consortium met in Norwich and Lowestoft, UK, for its second transnational meeting. The first part of the meeting was held alongside the Southern North Sea Conference (SNS09) Seabed, Surface & Skyline, offering POWER cluster project partners great opportunities to network and gain information about UK offshore energy developments.

At the conference, the POWER cluster partner East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) gave a general presentation about the POWER cluster project, stressing the importance of a united approach towards meeting the challenges raised by the burgeoning offshore wind farm businesses in the North Sea.

SNS09, that was partly sponsored by POWER cluster, had immediate links into the POWER cluster project work packages 2 and 3 about offshore wind “Business” and “Skills” in the North Sea region.

SNS09 delegate studying the POWER cluster project roll up. Source: EEEGRAs John Best, chief executive of EEEGR, presented the POWER cluster project, he pleaded to the conference delegates that headlines about British jobs for British people ought to be replaced by a focus on European jobs for European people.

“It is all about building relationships,” said John Best, underlining that there would be opportunities for work on both sides of the North Sea which meant the exchange of engineering and technical skills and workers was vital. They would be creating careers for life.

It meant joint efforts on training, tackling skills shortages and setting European quality standards.

Source: EEEGR

“But we need to stop thinking about it and start delivering the capacity that is needed to meet our energy needs,” Mr. Best said.

“We also need a much greater public awareness that energy is not just something that comes out of the wall when you put the switch down.”

The POWER cluster is a transnational approach to communicating the benefits of offshore wind energy to the public, creating a business platform to foster offshore wind development in the North Sea region, preparing a workforce to meet those needs and further develop its role as a European force.
 

Partnership Agreement signed in Lowestoft, UK

The recently opened OrbisEnergy in Lowestoft, UK, was the venue for the 2nd part of the POWER cluster transnational meeting and the signing of the partnership agreement for the POWER cluster project.

The POWER cluster project partners at OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft. Source: EEEGREast of England companies were invited to attend the POWER cluster transnational and work package meetings at OrbisEnergy.

Representatives from Petans, the Mason Trust, Skills for Energy, BWEA, Steeles Law, Guardline, and AMEC were able to contribute their views to the POWER cluster project as well as work package 2 “Business” and work package 3 “Skills”.


Source:
EEEGR

Signing of POWER cluster Partnership Agreement. Ian Fischer NC (left), Fran Toomey SCC, Dr. Mathias Grabs BIS, East of England MEP Richard Howitt (standing), Andreas Wagner SOW and John Best EEEGR. Source: EEEGREast of England MEP Richard Howitt, who attended the signing, said: “These are very important challenges for us and I am sure we will be able to find the answers more quickly by co-operating.”

He added that the number of new jobs in the wind energy sector was set to more than double to 325,000 by 2020.



Source: EEEGR

John Best, chief executive of the POWER cluster partner East of England Energy Group (EEEGR), added: “This emphasises that we are at the start of a phenomenally exciting journey.”

The recently opened OrbisEnergy in Lowestoft, UK, was the venue for the 2nd part of the POWER cluster transnational meeting and the signing of the partnership agreement for the POWER cluster project.

The POWER cluster project partners at OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft. Source: EEEGREast of England companies were invited to attend the POWER cluster transnational and work package meetings at OrbisEnergy.

Representatives from Petans, the Mason Trust, Skills for Energy, BWEA, Steeles Law, Guardline, and AMEC were able to contribute their views to the POWER cluster project as well as work package 2 “Business” and work package 3 “Skills”.


Source:
EEEGR

Signing of POWER cluster Partnership Agreement. Ian Fischer NC (left), Fran Toomey SCC, Dr. Mathias Grabs BIS, East of England MEP Richard Howitt (standing), Andreas Wagner SOW and John Best EEEGR. Source: EEEGREast of England MEP Richard Howitt, who attended the signing, said: “These are very important challenges for us and I am sure we will be able to find the answers more quickly by co-operating.”

He added that the number of new jobs in the wind energy sector was set to more than double to 325,000 by 2020.



Source: EEEGR

John Best, chief executive of the POWER cluster partner East of England Energy Group (EEEGR), added: “This emphasises that we are at the start of a phenomenally exciting journey.”

Fascination Offshore

The POWER cluster projects’ offshore wind energy information campaign ‘Fascination Offshore’ will kick off on 18th June 2009 in Bremerhaven.

The exhibition, which is partly financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Bremerhaven, Mr. Schulz, a representative of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, as well as Mr. Kuhbier, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation.

The exhibition boat and a look inside it. Source: German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation
Source: German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation

On 26th June, Mr. Gabriel, Federal Minister of Environment, will visit the exhibition during his stay in Cuxhaven.

Dealing with social acceptance of offshore wind energy, a main activity of the POWER cluster project (work package 1) is the development of an offshore wind energy exhibition installed on a boat touring the German North Sea coast.

This activity is lead by the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (SOW). After having selected an external agency for the exhibition concept in January 2009, SOW has intensively worked on further development and implementation of the boat exhibition concept.

The exhibition concept includes the creation of four audio-visual spots that will be shown on TV screens. An introductory spot presents information about climate change, renewables and (offshore) wind energy. This is followed by more detailed information on offshore wind energy, its benefits, economic and environmental impact as well as grid connection issues. A final presentation will take a closer look at the German offshore wind test site “alpha ventus”, which is under construction at the moment.

In addition, a detailed tour plan has been developed with more than a dozen stops at harbours along the German North Sea coast. The boat will sail along the coast from June till September.

An accompanying PR concept for events and public discussions along with the touring exhibition is under development, with the support of regional wind energy networks.

Since this is the first year of the touring exhibition, no visits abroad have been arranged. These will follow in the project’s second and third year.

The POWER cluster projects’ offshore wind energy information campaign ‘Fascination Offshore’ will kick off on 18th June 2009 in Bremerhaven.

The exhibition, which is partly financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Bremerhaven, Mr. Schulz, a representative of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, as well as Mr. Kuhbier, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation.

The exhibition boat and a look inside it. Source: German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation
Source: German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation

On 26th June, Mr. Gabriel, Federal Minister of Environment, will visit the exhibition during his stay in Cuxhaven.

Dealing with social acceptance of offshore wind energy, a main activity of the POWER cluster project (work package 1) is the development of an offshore wind energy exhibition installed on a boat touring the German North Sea coast.

This activity is lead by the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (SOW). After having selected an external agency for the exhibition concept in January 2009, SOW has intensively worked on further development and implementation of the boat exhibition concept.

The exhibition concept includes the creation of four audio-visual spots that will be shown on TV screens. An introductory spot presents information about climate change, renewables and (offshore) wind energy. This is followed by more detailed information on offshore wind energy, its benefits, economic and environmental impact as well as grid connection issues. A final presentation will take a closer look at the German offshore wind test site “alpha ventus”, which is under construction at the moment.

In addition, a detailed tour plan has been developed with more than a dozen stops at harbours along the German North Sea coast. The boat will sail along the coast from June till September.

An accompanying PR concept for events and public discussions along with the touring exhibition is under development, with the support of regional wind energy networks.

Since this is the first year of the touring exhibition, no visits abroad have been arranged. These will follow in the project’s second and third year.

It is about BUSINESS …

Work package 2 (WP2) of the POWER cluster project is about offshore wind business, and establishing an offshore wind cluster to facilitate close relationships between companies across the North Sea region. This will aid both the economic development of the regions involved, and will also help to establish the North Sea region as the global leader in the offshore wind industry. To this end, WP2 partners are working on activities designed to bring together businesses, and support projects and studies to assist the offshore wind industry.

Since the POWER cluster project kick off meeting in Stavanger in September 2008, Work package 2 “Business” partners have been working steadily to ensure that the various activities are under way.

Turning contacts to contracts
This activity deals more with actually getting businesses together to form relationships, create new contracts and support the supply chain. This was a successful part of the POWER project, and so POWER cluster is building on an established format of fostering business engagement. A Business to Business networking event is being planned for November 2009 in Esbjerg, Denmark.

It is also planned to develop a cluster map which is a web based tool to assist businesses identify where other European companies are based. The cluster map will be promoted at various trade fairs once it is established. Partners are working together to ensure that relevant data is collected, put into a common database and made accessible. A refreshed industry classification report has just been written, and it will underpin the database by providing a common framework for classifying businesses.

Support for offshore wind technology development
The activity of supporting technology development in the offshore wind energy sector aims to create a platform for businesses and universities and other research institutes to come together, to explore research and development issues. This is a web based tool, hosted on the POWER cluster website so far consisting of an EU funding tracker that highlights the funding opportunities available through various EU programmes such as FP7 or Life Long Learning, and other relevant EU funding streams.

POWER cluster partner South Denmark European Office is involved with ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network) that presents an opportunity to promote POWER cluster, disseminate project results to ERRIN members and to push forward new EU funded projects (preferably with POWER cluster partner involvement) for the further offshore wind (technology) development.

ERRIN and its many contacts to technology platforms and energy organisations provide a great platform for pushing the POWER cluster project forward.

Overcoming challenges for the offshore wind industry
This activity will fund a study entitled Overcoming challenges for the offshore wind industry and learning from the oil and gas industry. The study will investigate the experiences of the oil and gas industry in the North Sea Region, looking in particular at the oil and gas industry in the United Kingdom, Norway and Denmark. It will take into account the lessons learnt and the concepts that can be transferred to the offshore wind industry in the partner regions of Denmark, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

The experience from the oil and gas industry will provide key information to underpin project activities and future developments. The study is an essential part of the POWER cluster project as a whole because the offshore wind industry, as a comparatively young industry, still has substantial challenges to overcome.

The tender documents for this are in the final stages of preparation, and should be advertised through the Sub OJEU process from the end of May. It is anticipated that the study will be completed by the end of October 2010.

Identification and evaluation of grid reinforcement
The capabilities of the North Sea grid to cater for the evolving offshore wind energy load have already been identified as a key challenge for the offshore wind industry.

Work package 2 will conduct a study on grid issues, investigating issues such as: where the grid connections and thereby the reinforcements should be made, what the technical hindrances for the development of the North Sea grid are, what the cost-effective approaches to addressing these problems are, and how to make the investment financially acceptable to the transmission owners.

Preparation of a position paper on different technologies for grid connection off-shore wind farms is underway. The paper provides the comparisons on advantages and disadvantages of different technologies for large-scale offshore wind farms.

Work package 2 (WP2) of the POWER cluster project is about offshore wind business, and establishing an offshore wind cluster to facilitate close relationships between companies across the North Sea region. This will aid both the economic development of the regions involved, and will also help to establish the North Sea region as the global leader in the offshore wind industry. To this end, WP2 partners are working on activities designed to bring together businesses, and support projects and studies to assist the offshore wind industry.

Since the POWER cluster project kick off meeting in Stavanger in September 2008, Work package 2 “Business” partners have been working steadily to ensure that the various activities are under way.

Turning contacts to contracts
This activity deals more with actually getting businesses together to form relationships, create new contracts and support the supply chain. This was a successful part of the POWER project, and so POWER cluster is building on an established format of fostering business engagement. A Business to Business networking event is being planned for November 2009 in Esbjerg, Denmark.

It is also planned to develop a cluster map which is a web based tool to assist businesses identify where other European companies are based. The cluster map will be promoted at various trade fairs once it is established. Partners are working together to ensure that relevant data is collected, put into a common database and made accessible. A refreshed industry classification report has just been written, and it will underpin the database by providing a common framework for classifying businesses.

Support for offshore wind technology development
The activity of supporting technology development in the offshore wind energy sector aims to create a platform for businesses and universities and other research institutes to come together, to explore research and development issues. This is a web based tool, hosted on the POWER cluster website so far consisting of an EU funding tracker that highlights the funding opportunities available through various EU programmes such as FP7 or Life Long Learning, and other relevant EU funding streams.

POWER cluster partner South Denmark European Office is involved with ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network) that presents an opportunity to promote POWER cluster, disseminate project results to ERRIN members and to push forward new EU funded projects (preferably with POWER cluster partner involvement) for the further offshore wind (technology) development.

ERRIN and its many contacts to technology platforms and energy organisations provide a great platform for pushing the POWER cluster project forward.

Overcoming challenges for the offshore wind industry
This activity will fund a study entitled Overcoming challenges for the offshore wind industry and learning from the oil and gas industry. The study will investigate the experiences of the oil and gas industry in the North Sea Region, looking in particular at the oil and gas industry in the United Kingdom, Norway and Denmark. It will take into account the lessons learnt and the concepts that can be transferred to the offshore wind industry in the partner regions of Denmark, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

The experience from the oil and gas industry will provide key information to underpin project activities and future developments. The study is an essential part of the POWER cluster project as a whole because the offshore wind industry, as a comparatively young industry, still has substantial challenges to overcome.

The tender documents for this are in the final stages of preparation, and should be advertised through the Sub OJEU process from the end of May. It is anticipated that the study will be completed by the end of October 2010.

Identification and evaluation of grid reinforcement
The capabilities of the North Sea grid to cater for the evolving offshore wind energy load have already been identified as a key challenge for the offshore wind industry.

Work package 2 will conduct a study on grid issues, investigating issues such as: where the grid connections and thereby the reinforcements should be made, what the technical hindrances for the development of the North Sea grid are, what the cost-effective approaches to addressing these problems are, and how to make the investment financially acceptable to the transmission owners.

Preparation of a position paper on different technologies for grid connection off-shore wind farms is underway. The paper provides the comparisons on advantages and disadvantages of different technologies for large-scale offshore wind farms.

Business2Business event and Offshore Conference

Nurturing and expanding your network is an excellent way to improve your success in the offshore wind business. On 17th November 2009, POWER cluster offers you the opportunity to meet a wide array of international offshore wind businesses in Esbjerg, Denmark.

The purpose of the Business2Business event is to offer the frames for short personal meetings between your company and potential business partners through a series of personal meetings according to your wishes.

The Business2Business event is coordinated by the POWER cluster partner Offshore Center Danmark.

In addition to the network event, a conference is scheduled for November 16th, in Husum, Germany, by the POWER cluster partner windcomm schleswig-holstein.
Further information will follow soon on the POWER cluster website.

Nurturing and expanding your network is an excellent way to improve your success in the offshore wind business. On 17th November 2009, POWER cluster offers you the opportunity to meet a wide array of international offshore wind businesses in Esbjerg, Denmark.

The purpose of the Business2Business event is to offer the frames for short personal meetings between your company and potential business partners through a series of personal meetings according to your wishes.

The Business2Business event is coordinated by the POWER cluster partner Offshore Center Danmark.

In addition to the network event, a conference is scheduled for November 16th, in Husum, Germany, by the POWER cluster partner windcomm schleswig-holstein.
Further information will follow soon on the POWER cluster website.

We are looking for Science Teachers ...

Dealing with offshore wind skills development, work package 3 of the POWER cluster project has developed a flyer to contact science teachers at schools. The aim is to promote collaboration between schools, uni­versities and other institutions and to discuss the development of teaching material and other activities in the field of wind energy.

Source: fk-wind, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven.
Source
: fk-wind, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven.

Offshore Wind Energy has a high relevance for the North Sea Regions with respect to their economic development, the sup­ply of energy, and the preservation of nature. Given the growing importance of this topic, students have to be motivated taking an active role in ecological decision making as reflective and respon­sible individuals.

It is important to awaken their inte­rest for renewable energies and to inspire the youth for the professions of responsible engineers, technicians and mechanics in the field of Offshore Wind Energy.

Thus, if you feel like sharing ideas and experiences about Offshore Wind Energy as subject matter please contact: Uta Kühne, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven: skills@power-cluster.net

Dealing with offshore wind skills development, work package 3 of the POWER cluster project has developed a flyer to contact science teachers at schools. The aim is to promote collaboration between schools, uni­versities and other institutions and to discuss the development of teaching material and other activities in the field of wind energy.

Source: fk-wind, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven.
Source
: fk-wind, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven.

Offshore Wind Energy has a high relevance for the North Sea Regions with respect to their economic development, the sup­ply of energy, and the preservation of nature. Given the growing importance of this topic, students have to be motivated taking an active role in ecological decision making as reflective and respon­sible individuals.

It is important to awaken their inte­rest for renewable energies and to inspire the youth for the professions of responsible engineers, technicians and mechanics in the field of Offshore Wind Energy.

Thus, if you feel like sharing ideas and experiences about Offshore Wind Energy as subject matter please contact: Uta Kühne, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven: skills@power-cluster.net

POWER cluster partner profile

A regular feature of the POWER cluster newsletters is a short introduction to partners and regions involved in the POWER cluster project. In this third edition of the newsletter two partners, not involved in the predecessor project POWER, the Municipality of Öckerö, Sweden and Greater Stavanger Economic Development, Norway are portrayed. Click on the project partner names to read more.

A regular feature of the POWER cluster newsletters is a short introduction to partners and regions involved in the POWER cluster project. In this third edition of the newsletter two partners, not involved in the predecessor project POWER, the Municipality of Öckerö, Sweden and Greater Stavanger Economic Development, Norway are portrayed. Click on the project partner names to read more.

Norwegian-German Industrial Forum for OWE

Several POWER cluster project partners, among them lead partner BIS - Bremerhaven Economic Development Company and Norwegian project partner Greater Stavanger Economic Development, were among the 167 participants from Norway and Germany that met in Bremerhaven on April 21st 2009 to explore co-operation options in the use of offshore wind energy in both countries.

Delegates from Norway and Germany at the Norwegian-German Industrial Forum for Offshore Wind Energy Source: Windenergie-Agentur Bremerhaven/Bremen e.V. (WAB) The Norwegian ambassador to Germany, Sven Erik Svedman, and the Lord Mayor of Bremerhaven, Jörg Schulz, opened the Offshore Wind Energy in Norway and Germany – success, tasks, opportunities forum, where Eight German and twelve Norwegian companies and scientific institutes introduced their capabilities and projects for implementing offshore wind energy technology.

 
Source: Windenergie-Agentur Bremerhaven/Bremen e.V. (WAB)

Aiming at bundling offshore capabilities, creating partnerships and ideas, and strengthening the network between Germany and Norway, the event offered Norwegian companies good opportunities for a bilateral exchange of ideas with some of the major players in the German offshore wind energy sector and, in particular, with the WAB’s industry network.

Excursion for Norwegian and German delegates prior to the Norwegian-German Industrial Forum for Offshore Wind Energy Source: Windenergie-Agentur Bremerhaven/Bremen e.V. (WAB) The forum kicked off on 20th April with an excursion to visit various offshore wind energy turbine prototypes, manufacturing sites and scientific facilities for offshore wind energy in Bremerhaven.

 

  

 

Source: Windenergie-Agentur Bremerhaven/Bremen e.V. (WAB)

On the evening of 20th April, participants were treated to speeches by ambassador Sven Erik Svedman, and the Senator for Economy and Ports for the state of Bremen, Ralf Nagel, at a reception in the ‘Captain’s Lounge’ of the Atlantic Hotel Sail City in Bremerhaven.

The Offshore Wind Energy in Norway and Germany – success, tasks, opportunities forum was organised jointly by Innovation Norway (Norwegian foreign trade promotion), the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the research association Teknologisk Møteplass, and the Windenergie-Agentur Bremerhaven/Bremen e.V. (WAB).

Several POWER cluster project partners, among them lead partner BIS - Bremerhaven Economic Development Company and Norwegian project partner Greater Stavanger Economic Development, were among the 167 participants from Norway and Germany that met in Bremerhaven on April 21st 2009 to explore co-operation options in the use of offshore wind energy in both countries.

Delegates from Norway and Germany at the Norwegian-German Industrial Forum for Offshore Wind Energy Source: Windenergie-Agentur Bremerhaven/Bremen e.V. (WAB) The Norwegian ambassador to Germany, Sven Erik Svedman, and the Lord Mayor of Bremerhaven, Jörg Schulz, opened the Offshore Wind Energy in Norway and Germany – success, tasks, opportunities forum, where Eight German and twelve Norwegian companies and scientific institutes introduced their capabilities and projects for implementing offshore wind energy technology.

 
Source: Windenergie-Agentur Bremerhaven/Bremen e.V. (WAB)

Aiming at bundling offshore capabilities, creating partnerships and ideas, and strengthening the network between Germany and Norway, the event offered Norwegian companies good opportunities for a bilateral exchange of ideas with some of the major players in the German offshore wind energy sector and, in particular, with the WAB’s industry network.

Excursion for Norwegian and German delegates prior to the Norwegian-German Industrial Forum for Offshore Wind Energy Source: Windenergie-Agentur Bremerhaven/Bremen e.V. (WAB) The forum kicked off on 20th April with an excursion to visit various offshore wind energy turbine prototypes, manufacturing sites and scientific facilities for offshore wind energy in Bremerhaven.

 

  

 

Source: Windenergie-Agentur Bremerhaven/Bremen e.V. (WAB)

On the evening of 20th April, participants were treated to speeches by ambassador Sven Erik Svedman, and the Senator for Economy and Ports for the state of Bremen, Ralf Nagel, at a reception in the ‘Captain’s Lounge’ of the Atlantic Hotel Sail City in Bremerhaven.

The Offshore Wind Energy in Norway and Germany – success, tasks, opportunities forum was organised jointly by Innovation Norway (Norwegian foreign trade promotion), the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the research association Teknologisk Møteplass, and the Windenergie-Agentur Bremerhaven/Bremen e.V. (WAB).

International Wind Energy Markets

This was the headline for the 9th windcomm offshore wind workshop in Husum, Germany, on 27th of April 2009. The workshop was funded and supported by POWER cluster and gave participants the opportunity to meet and talk to representatives of the market leaders in their various target markets.

Speaker and delegates at the 9th windcomm offshore wind workshop in Husum. Source: windcomm SH The 9th windcomm workshop focussed particularly on offshore wind energy in the UK. Michael Martins, Project Manager at Gardline Environmental summarised the situation as follows: “Planning offshore wind farms is a lengthy process in the UK, but we have gained enough experience over the years to be successful on the German market.”

 


Source:
windcomm SH

Ronald Bonnar, Operations Director for Offshore Wind Energy at SeaEnergy Renewables also stressed the headstart that British companies have due to many years of experience in the field of installation and service/maintenance.

Bonnar said: “We already cooperate closely on installation projects with businesses in Schleswig Holstein, such as REpower Systems”. British expertise was, then, a natural focal point of the B2B discussions which took place in the breaks.

Windcomm Project Manager Martin Schmidt was very pleased with the workshop. “Thanks to the support of POWER cluster we were able to invite top-class speakers to Husum and run an international windcomm workshop.” This commitment was rewarded by the fact that guests from four different nations took part in the workshop.

Read more about the 9th windcomm offshore wind workshop in Husum here.

This was the headline for the 9th windcomm offshore wind workshop in Husum, Germany, on 27th of April 2009. The workshop was funded and supported by POWER cluster and gave participants the opportunity to meet and talk to representatives of the market leaders in their various target markets.

Speaker and delegates at the 9th windcomm offshore wind workshop in Husum. Source: windcomm SH The 9th windcomm workshop focussed particularly on offshore wind energy in the UK. Michael Martins, Project Manager at Gardline Environmental summarised the situation as follows: “Planning offshore wind farms is a lengthy process in the UK, but we have gained enough experience over the years to be successful on the German market.”

 


Source:
windcomm SH

Ronald Bonnar, Operations Director for Offshore Wind Energy at SeaEnergy Renewables also stressed the headstart that British companies have due to many years of experience in the field of installation and service/maintenance.

Bonnar said: “We already cooperate closely on installation projects with businesses in Schleswig Holstein, such as REpower Systems”. British expertise was, then, a natural focal point of the B2B discussions which took place in the breaks.

Windcomm Project Manager Martin Schmidt was very pleased with the workshop. “Thanks to the support of POWER cluster we were able to invite top-class speakers to Husum and run an international windcomm workshop.” This commitment was rewarded by the fact that guests from four different nations took part in the workshop.

Read more about the 9th windcomm offshore wind workshop in Husum here.

From EWEC to EOW 2009

Andreas Wagner, managing director of the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (SOW), participated in the European Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition 2009 (EWEC) on behalf of the POWER cluster project.

EWEC 2009 took place from 16-19 March in Marseilles. The conference and exhibition was very well attended with a record number of 7,500 visitors from over 80 countries. Almost 2,000 delegates attended over 50 conference sessions and side events.

During the conference, Andreas Wagner established contact with the EWEA staff in charge of organising EOW 2009, the European Offshore Wind Conference, that will take place in Stockholm from 14-16 September 2009. The POWER cluster project will of course be present at EOW 2009 and POWER cluster partners have submitted several abstracts for the event to EWEA.  

On 17th March, during the EWEC, Andreas Wagner also participated in a Workshop on the Development of offshore grid in the Baltic/North Sea area organised by Mr. Adamowitsch, EU Coordinator for the Connection to offshore wind power in Northern Europe.

Statnett presented a modular design for the development of the offshore/onshore grid in the North Sea. The results of the workshop - including a summary of the session, speakers' presentations and statements formally given by the audience, are now available on the Europa webpage dedicated to TEN-E European Coordinators.

The next Workshop of the Offshore Grid Working Group has been postponed from May to 30th June 2009 in Brussels.

Find the EWEC proceedings here.

Andreas Wagner, managing director of the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (SOW), participated in the European Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition 2009 (EWEC) on behalf of the POWER cluster project.

EWEC 2009 took place from 16-19 March in Marseilles. The conference and exhibition was very well attended with a record number of 7,500 visitors from over 80 countries. Almost 2,000 delegates attended over 50 conference sessions and side events.

During the conference, Andreas Wagner established contact with the EWEA staff in charge of organising EOW 2009, the European Offshore Wind Conference, that will take place in Stockholm from 14-16 September 2009. The POWER cluster project will of course be present at EOW 2009 and POWER cluster partners have submitted several abstracts for the event to EWEA.  

On 17th March, during the EWEC, Andreas Wagner also participated in a Workshop on the Development of offshore grid in the Baltic/North Sea area organised by Mr. Adamowitsch, EU Coordinator for the Connection to offshore wind power in Northern Europe.

Statnett presented a modular design for the development of the offshore/onshore grid in the North Sea. The results of the workshop - including a summary of the session, speakers' presentations and statements formally given by the audience, are now available on the Europa webpage dedicated to TEN-E European Coordinators.

The next Workshop of the Offshore Grid Working Group has been postponed from May to 30th June 2009 in Brussels.

Find the EWEC proceedings here.

POWER cluster at All-Energy 2009 in Aberdeen

POWER cluster project partners get together at All-Energy ‘09; Thomas Jensen, SDEO (left), John Best, EEEGR, Cheryl Paget, SCC and Birger Haraldseid, GS. Source: POWER clusterThe POWER cluster work package 2 partners took advantage of UK’s largest event on renewable energy, the All-Energy Conference & Exhibition held in Aberdeen, Scotland on May 20-21, to team up for their 3rd work package meeting.

From a shared stand, POWER cluster partners promoted the project and further strengthened its relations to offshore wind businesses.

Source: POWER cluster

Find the All-Energy '09 proceedings here.

POWER cluster project partners get together at All-Energy ‘09; Thomas Jensen, SDEO (left), John Best, EEEGR, Cheryl Paget, SCC and Birger Haraldseid, GS. Source: POWER clusterThe POWER cluster work package 2 partners took advantage of UK’s largest event on renewable energy, the All-Energy Conference & Exhibition held in Aberdeen, Scotland on May 20-21, to team up for their 3rd work package meeting.

From a shared stand, POWER cluster partners promoted the project and further strengthened its relations to offshore wind businesses.

Source: POWER cluster

Find the All-Energy '09 proceedings here.

Maritime Conference in Gothenburg 27-28 May

The Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak Programme and the North Sea Region Programme organised the Maritime Conference on 27-28 May in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The conference addressed issues of maritime development in the North Sea and the Kattegat/Skagerrak regions from the perspective of both programmes.

The secretariat of the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme asked POWER cluster to give a presentation at the conference. The project’s German lead partner BIS - Bremerhaven Economic Development Company and the Swedish partners from Municipality of Ökerö and Chalmers University of Technology gave a joint presentation featuring general project aims, work streams, interim results and more specific information about the Swedish activities in the project. 

The Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak Programme and the North Sea Region Programme organised the Maritime Conference on 27-28 May in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The conference addressed issues of maritime development in the North Sea and the Kattegat/Skagerrak regions from the perspective of both programmes.

The secretariat of the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme asked POWER cluster to give a presentation at the conference. The project’s German lead partner BIS - Bremerhaven Economic Development Company and the Swedish partners from Municipality of Ökerö and Chalmers University of Technology gave a joint presentation featuring general project aims, work streams, interim results and more specific information about the Swedish activities in the project. 

Contact

For more information about these events or the POWER cluster project, please contact:

Project lead beneficiary
Dr. Mathias Grabs
BIS
Phone: +49 (0)471 946 467 41
Email: info@power-cluster.net

Project management
Dipl.- Geogr. Kathrin Rath
REM ● Consult
Phone : +49 (40) 657 903 76
Email: info@power-cluster.net

Project newsletter responsible
Thomas Jensen
South Denmark European Office
Phone: +32 22 34 68 52
Email: newsletter@power-cluster.net
 

The next POWER cluster newsletter will be distributed in March 2009.

To subscribe to the POWER cluster newsletter, click here.
To unsubscribe from this newsletter, please click here.

For more information about these events or the POWER cluster project, please contact:

Project lead beneficiary
Dr. Mathias Grabs
BIS
Phone: +49 (0)471 946 467 41
Email: info@power-cluster.net

Project management
Dipl.- Geogr. Kathrin Rath
REM ● Consult
Phone : +49 (40) 657 903 76
Email: info@power-cluster.net

Project newsletter responsible
Thomas Jensen
South Denmark European Office
Phone: +32 22 34 68 52
Email: newsletter@power-cluster.net
 

The next POWER cluster newsletter will be distributed in March 2009.

To subscribe to the POWER cluster newsletter, click here.
To unsubscribe from this newsletter, please click here.