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Pre-event seminar:
Wind Energy - The Facts

Wind Energy - The Facts

Brussels, Sunday 13 March 2011

Building on the success of its 'Wind Energy - The Facts' publication, widely considered to be the most authoritative reference published to date, EWEA again preceeded its annual event with a seminar tailored to a non-technical audience.

'Wind Energy - The Facts'  is a European project financed by:


Programme and presenters

Delegates registered to attend the pre-event seminar can download the presentations from the address communicated to them during the seminar. If delegates are experiencing difficulty in downloading the presentations or do not have the link please email tim.robinson(at)ewea.org

Session One: The basics: wind and wind turbines

Chair: Jos Beurskens, Senior Scientist, ECN Wind Energy

The fundamentals of wind energy
• The history of wind energy

Jos Beurskens, Senior Scientist, ECN Wind Energy

Wind as a resource
• Wind resource estimation
• Wind speed measurement and maps
• Forecasting wind

Davide Medici, Wind Resource Assessment Manager, GL Garrad Hassan

Wind turbine design
• How they work
• Different types onshore and offshore
• How they are evolving (R&D)

Peter Jamieson, GL Garrad Hassan

Session Two: Electricity grids and plugging in wind power

Chair: Nicolas Fichaux, International Renewable Energy Agency - IRENA

Integrating a high share of wind power in the European electricity system

  • Large wind and its power plant characteristics
  • Keeping the system in balance in an economic way
  • Network upgrade – onshore and offshore - for a secure and economic power supply

Frans Van Hulle, Technical Advisor for EWEA

Regulatory aspects of the integration of wind energy

  • Current and future policy framework – main drivers and challenges for the large-scale integration of wind energy
  • Pan-European grid management – the 3rd Liberalisation Package and its deliverables

Paul Wilczek, Regulatory Affairs Advisor – Grids and Internal Electricity Market, EWEA

Session Three: The economics of wind energy

Chair: Jacopo Moccia, Head of Policy Analysis Unit, EWEA

Cost vs price of wind energy

  • Cost of wind energy
  • Price of wind Energy

Athanasia Arapogianni, Research Officer, EWEA

The economics of wind energy
• Socio-economic parameters of wind power
• Return on investment

Jørgen K. Lemming, Senior Advisor, Wind Energy Division, Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy

Support schemes for renewable energy in the European Union

Jacopo Moccia, Head of Policy Analysis Unit, EWEA


Session Four: Climate change and future scenarios

Chair: Dorina Iuga, 'Wind Energy – The Facts' Project Manager, EWEA

The role of wind energy in tackling climate change

  • Avoided emmissions
  • EU legislation
  • International negotiations

Rémi Gruet, Regulatory Affairs Advisor – Climate Change, EWEA

Future scenarios for wind energy production

Jacopo Moccia, Head of Policy Analysis, EWEA


Order your copy of 'Wind Energy - The Facts' now

The 'Wind Energy – The Facts'publication is widely considered to be the most important wind energy reference in the world. It presents a detailed overview of the wind energy sector, with the most up-to-date and in-depth information on the essential issues concerning wind power today.

'Wind Energy - The Facts' (hardback, 488 pages, ISBN: 978184407710) was published in March 2009 and can be ordered from the publisher, Earthscan

EWEA members receive a 20% discount when ordering 'Wind Energy - The Facts' or any other publication by Earthscan.

The full contents of the book is downloadable free of charge in PDF format from www.wind-energy-the-facts.org

Wind Energy - The Facts is a European project financed by the Intelligent Energy - Europe programme of the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. For more information see http://ec.europa.eu/energy/intelligent/

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