On 6 and 7 February 2018, the 10th Winterwind International Wind Energy Conference was organised by the Swedish Windpower Association in Åre, Sweden. Winterwind is an annual conference dedicated to the development and deployment of wind energy systems in areas which are prone to cold climate effects, such as accretion of ice on blades, lubrication problems of gearboxes, ice throw, aerodynamic and mechanical imbalances caused by icing, etc. When dealing with wind energy in cold climates it is essential to distinguish between two types of cold climate issues: very low temperatures combined with dry air on the one hand, and ‘not so low’ temperatures combined with various types of ice build-up on rotors and sensors depending on the water content of the atmosphere on the other hand.
By Jos Beurskens, SET Analysis, the Netherlands
The meeting place and shop window of the wind industry for over 25 years
For the last 25 years HUSUM Wind has been the leading biennial trade fair for the wind industry. HUSUM is now increasingly focused on the core market of Germany and its neighbouring countries. From 15 to 18 September wind industry businesses and representatives came together at HUSUM Wind, to showcase their innovations and services – onshore and offshore – along the whole supply chain. This year almost 650 exhibitors showed their products and services and it looks like HUSUM Wind welcomed the expected number of 20,000 visitors.
8 Halls, 1,250 Exhibitors and 33,000 Visitors
It was a good start for the new event WindEnergy Hamburg, which came to a close on Friday 26 September after four exhibition days at the Hamburg Fair ground. The new fair demonstrated its international character; more than 33,000 visitors from all parts of the world were there, getting information on the latest products and services from 1,250 exhibitors from 33 nations. A third of the visitors were from outside Germany, including 24 delegations from 22 countries.