German American Wind Energy Business Conference

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Global wind power installations have been on an impressive growth path in recent years. Renewable energy technologies are now approaching a 25% share of Germany’s power production. In the US, wind energy made up 43% of new capacity in 2012, and it is expected to keep growing as equipment costs continue to drop. As both of these leading global economies continue to shift toward cleaner energy sources, there will no doubt be numerous obstacles as well as opportunities for collaboration along the way. The Wind Energy Business Conference sets the stage for an international exchange on the future of the wind energy industry.

Topics discussed were:

  • Innovative technologies for installed and next-generation turbines
  • Real-world solutions for grid integration
  • Insights on future market developments by thought leaders
  • Trends and best practices in the American and German service markets
  • Synergies and partnership opportunities with our German expert delegation
  • Networking opportunities with industry and policy experts

Date and Venue

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
9:00am - 3:00pm

Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago Hotel 
Chicago Ballroom (16th floor)
909 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Conference Agenda




Welcome by Mark Tomkins, Vice President, GACC Midwest

Welcome by Mario Soos, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago

Wind Energy in Germany - Lessons Learned in Maintenance


Renewable Energies in Germany at a Glance
Dirk Volkmann, Consultant by order of the Renewable Energies 
Export Initiative of the German Ministry of Economics and Technology


Reliability and Maintenance of Wind Turbines: Challenges and Perspectives
Dr. Katharina Fischer, Senior Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES)


Panel Discussion and Q&A
moderated by Corinna Jess, Manager, Clean Energy Projects, GACC Midwest


German Company Presentations: Real World Solutions for Grid Integration


Break & Networking


German Company Presentations: Innovation and Technologies


Lunch & Networking

Wind Energy in the US - Trends and Technologies

1:30 pm

Wind’s Role in Illinois from the Perspective of the ICC
Christopher B. Meister, Executive Director, Illinois Finance Authority


A global developer’s Outlook on the US Wind Industry
Ilya Hartmann, President & CEO, Acciona Energy North America


US Wind Industry Challenges & Responses
Dan McDevitt, President & CEO, Nordex USA


Suzlon, US Market, and Trends We See
Steve Spethmann, Supply Chain Director, Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation


Trends in Supply Chain and After Sales from a Component
Manufacturers Perspective

Richard Nelson, Director, Aftermarket Sales & Service, Winergy Drive Systems Corp.


Panel Discussion and Q&A
moderated by Corinna Jess, Manager, Clean Energy Projects, GACC Midwest


Conclusion and End of Conference

Event Impressions

Conference Topics

„++ New Technologies ++ „Supply Chain Opportunities ++ „Project Economics ++ „Service and maintenance of wind turbines ++ „Partnership Opportunities ++


Corinna Jess
Senior Manager, Market Entry Programs & Delegations
Tel.: +1 (312) 665-0976
Email: jess(at)

Supported by

The Wind Energy Business Conference is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) as part of the Renewable Energies Export Initiative.

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