WIND 2018

Wind Energy Investment & Development Europe WIND 2018 is an annual flagship conference organised for the wind energy sector in Europe by The Voice of Renewables, a leading renewable energy intelligence and media company.

WIND 2018 agenda is tailored for companies already working in this sector and for those looking to enter as part of their diversification strategy. The conference will be held as an intensive two-day networking and experience sharing event and feature over 40 high-profile panellists.

As the decrease in oil & gas projects, due to the slump in oil prices, continues, interest in contracts for renewables is resulting in a rapid growth in investment in offshore wind. Oil majors’ recent moves into renewable energy market may suggest that oil price will stay low and investment in wind sector may take the lead.

WIND 2018 objective is to bring together key investors, major developers, renowned OEMs, consultants and advisors working in the European wind energy industry to network and discuss the current state of the industry and map both the major obstacles on the path to its further successful development and – more importantly – ways to mitigate and overcome bottlenecks and develop further projects in a post-subsidy environment. The need of stable regulations and long-term market vision will be on top of the agenda, along with such vital issues as cost reduction, energy storage for wind power, efficiency and game changing innovations for onshore and offshore wind power installations.

WIND 2018 conference will take place in The Hague Hilton hotel in The Hague, The Netherlands on 24/25 May 2018. The event is to host 200 participants.

Conference official language: English

Why The Netherlands:

When it comes to wind energy generation The Netherlands is not only one of the most advanced European countries – it also has a set of very ambitious goals for the near future.

The Netherlands is working hard to make the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy. Currently, 6% of the energy we use comes from renewable sources such as wind and solar power. That percentage will increase strongly in the coming years, predicted to reach 14% in 2020 and 16% in 2023. These targets were set out in the Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth (Energieakkoord voor duurzame groei), signed in September 2013, by civic, industrial and environmental bodies. Offshore wind is an important part of this transition: it will form a major component of the total renewable share, with the country aiming to produce 4.5 GW from offshore wind farms by 2024.

Until 2023, the Netherlands will host a massive effort to construct five wind farms that are among the largest in the world. With a capacity of 700 megawatts each, any one of these wind farms will generate enough power to supply one million households with electricity. The Energy Agenda presented by the cabinet at the end of last year calls for an additional seven offshore wind farms, each of which will boast a capacity of 1000 megawatts. Based on the most recent tender for Sites III and IV of the Borssele Wind Farm Zone, subsidies for offshore wind farms were expected to become unnecessary in 7.5 years’ time. Despite the fact that developments in Germany cannot be wholly compared to those in the Netherlands, (the German wind farms typically begin production some 2 to 3 years later, giving the winner the opportunity to take additional benefit from technological advancements; wind speeds are also higher at the German sites), the possibility of a Dutch offshore wind farm is likely to present itself at an earlier date.

These targets were set out in the Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth (Energieakkoord voor duurzame groei), signed in September 2013, by civic, industrial and environmental bodies. Offshore wind will form a major component of the total renewable share, with the country aiming to produce 4.5 GW from offshore wind farms by 2024.

Conference topics:

The current state of the European wind energy industry – market trends and outlook
Tax equity
Debt market developments
M&A update
De-risking revenue
Private equity
CEO Panel
CFO Panel
European offshore and onshore wind development update
EU Wind power policy & regulation
Investments and opportunities in the wind energy sector
Latest technologies and developments
Data management in wind farms
Energy storage improvements
Production optimisation
Cost reduction in the entire supply chain
Environmental Impact
Site selection and implementation strategy
Grid integration and connection for onshore wind projects
Energy storage options for wind power sector
Technology on the move – technology development impact on capex, opex and revenue
Subsidy free wind energy in Europe
Efficiency as key to long-term success
Innovations for onshore and offshore wind power installations
The need of stable regulations and long-term market vision

Who will attend:

Institutional and private investors
Energy utilities
Independent power producers
EPCs
Wind park developers
Wind park owners and operators
Wind OEMs
Insurance providers
TSOs
Consultants and advisors
Energy lawyers
Wind industry organisations

as well as companies providing:

Wind turbines and foundations installation
Wind support structures
Contractors
Cable companies
Heavy lifting equipment
Subsea engineering services
Offshore fleet
Crew transfer vessels
Dredging, marine engineering and offshore services
Integrity management solutions
Meteorological and oceanographic data systems
Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR)
Offshore wind farms inspections and maintenance
Walk-to-work solutions
Wind resource measurement, data analysis, site assessment, wind energy project evaluation and design
Ship design
Wind farm personnel

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