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

8:30am

Registration

9:00am

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

9:05am

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

9:20am

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

10:00am

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

10:15am

German Company Presentations: Real World Solutions for Grid Integration

10:50am 

Break & Networking

11:20am

German Company Presentations: Innovation and Technologies

12:30pm 

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

1:40pm

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

1:50pm

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

2:00pm

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

2:10pm

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

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

2:20pm

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

3:00pm

Conclusion and End of Conference

Event Impressions

Conference Topics



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

Contact

Corinna Jess
Manager, Clean Energy Projects
Tel.: +1 (312) 665-0976
Email: jess(at)gaccmidwest.org

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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