Be a Part of the German American Wind Energy Business Conference

The United States and Germany have shown a continuous shift towards cleaner energy sources in recent years resulting in an impressive growth path of the wind industry in both economies. The common trend of these leading global players opens up new opportunities for collaboration and bilateral exchange.

We invite you to join the discussion. The Wind Energy Business Conference sets the stage for new transatlantic cooperation and identifies potential on the future of the wind energy industry. 

Learn About:

  • Insights on future market developments and policy outlooks
  • Grid integration solutions
  • Innovative technologies for turbines
  • Trends and best practices in the American and German service markets

Date & Venue

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
08:00am - 03:00pm

Warwick Allerton Hotel
Tip Top North Room
23rd Floor
701 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

This event is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and free to attend, but we ask that you please register in advance.

Conference Agenda


Registration Opens


Words of Welcome
Werner Ott, Vice President, GACC Midwest


Panel 1: Wind Energy Drivers in Germany and the US – policies and what’s next

  • Energy policy in Germany –Welcome and Introduction
    Thorsten Gusek – Managing Partner, energiewaechter GmbH on behalf of the German Energy Solutions Initiative supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
  • The German Wind Energy Market - Current Topics and Developments
    Stefan Grothe, Technical Advisor, German Wind Energy Association
  • Wind Energy Siting in the Midwest - Impacts on Wind Farm Development & Component Manufacturers
    Susan Williams Sloan, Vice President, State Policy, American Wind Energy Association


Panel Discussion and Q&A


Break and Networking


Wind Farm Development Innovations

  • Wind Energy Siting - Reduce Uncertainty with Reliable Data
    Daniel Zajchowski, US Sales Representative, Ammonit Measurement GmbH
  • High Precision Gear Machining
    Rainer Hohlweg, Area Sales Manager for North America, Kapp Niles GmbH & Co. KG
  • On-Site Energy Storage for Wind
    Christopher Bosch, Quotation and Contract Manager, Max Bögl Group


Break and Networking


Wind Farm Operation Innovations 

  • Wind Turbine Monitoring Basics
    Mo Siddiqui, Managing Director, Aactio GmbH
  • Gearbox Service and Repair
    Jim McClenathan, Vice President, Multigear GmbH
  • Maintenance and Repair Best Practices
    Maik Schlappmann, CEO, RoSch Industrieservice GmbH
  • Innovations in Gearbox Lifetime Extension
    Stefan Bill, CEO, Rewitec GmbH


Lunch and Networking


Panel 2: Grid Integration and O&M

  • Grid integration of wind energy in Germany – a scientific analysis
    Prof. Dr. Kurt Rohrig, Deputy Director and Head of the R&D Division “Energy Economy and Grid Operation”, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems Technology (IWES)
  • Technical and legal aspects of getting wind onto the grid
    Speaker TBD
  • O&M trends – effective ways to lower the LCOE and expand the lifetime of wind turbines
    Speaker TBD


Panel Discussion and Q&A


Closing Remarks and End of Conference

Moderation by Corinna Jess, GACC Midwest.

Meet our German company representatives one-on-one

The following delegation participants are interested in meeting their U.S. counterparts in 1-on-1 meetings to discuss potential partnerships. We will post information about the participating German companies as it becomes available. Please contact Corinna Jess to set up your 1-on-1 meeting.

Aactio GmbH
Aactio, together with its partner ScadaMinds of Denmark, handles critical data in the wind industry. Their latest product enables remote monitoring of wind turbines by connecting SCADA systems to the internet. Combined with cloud services and state-of-the-art data security systems, this allows centralized monitoring and reporting of the turbines’ data flow.

Ammonit Measurement GmbH

Accurate and reliable measurements of a prospective site lower the cost of wind energy by reducing uncertainty. Ammonit offers high quality measurement equipment including powerful data loggers, meteorological sensors, and IEC-classified SoDAR and LiDAR devices that guarantee precise site assessment and monitoring for your peace of mind.

KAPP NILES is a global market leader in grinding machines and tools for finishing of gears or profiles. Complementing high-precision metrology makes KAPP NILES the best partner for production solutions. Technologies from KAPP NILES guarantee both precision and cost-effectiveness for the manufacturing of sophisticated components. KAPP NILES enables its customers to bring high precision motion into their products – on land, on water and in the air.

Max Bögl
Max Bögl is the market leader in Germany for hybrid wind towers over 140mHH. Bögl supplies more than 40 different variations of tower types to renowned wind turbine manufacturers, offering hub heights of up to 180 m (590 ft.). A unique perk of the company is that they can combine wind towers with a pumped storage hydroelectric power plant, which allows for wind energy storage flexibility. Max Bögl’s mobile manufacturing plant ensures the ability to produce the wind tower onsite, utilizing local resources.

Multigear GmbH

Multigear is a leading independent gearbox repair and replacement service firm. On average, wind turbine gearboxes have to be refurbished every 8-9 years of operation. Multigear is a reliable partner for gearbox replacements, technical inspection and maintenance, modifications, spare parts management and project consulting.


REWITEC® develops and produces innovative nano- and micro-particle-based lubricant additives for wind turbine applications. REWITEC-treated machinery, gearboxes, and bearings run with reduced friction, reduced tem-perature and higher reliability and durability due to reduced abrasion and wear – proven over and over again.

RoSch Industrieservice GmbH

A full-cycle service contractor for wind energy maintenance, repair and retrofitting, RoSch optimizes the operation of wind farms. Their highly certified staff (ISO and SCC) is specialized in both mechanical and electrical maintenance and bundling repair tasks in the most efficient way in order to keep downtime to a minimum. Turbine retrofitting can be more cost-effective than replacing entire systems. RoSch’s careful retrofitting planning keeps older systems on the grid while maximizing energy output.


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

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