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2009 offshore wind conference selling out fast
These are important times for offshore wind energy. In 2008, the European Commission proposed in its second Strategic Energy Review that a blueprint be developed for a North Sea offshore power grid. By the end of the year, installed offshore capacity reached 1,471 MW worldwide - all of it in European waters. At the beginning of 2009, the EU institutions recognised that Europe’s largest indigenous energy resource could help extricate it from the throes of the economic and climate crises, proposing to dedicate €565 million to specific offshore projects in the EU’s Economic Recovery Plan.
At such a moment, it is fitting to celebrate what has been achieved and reflect on the next steps. The European Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition (Offshore 2009), taking place from 14-16 September in Stockholm, Sweden, will be just the place to do so.
The conference will examine how the development of offshore wind energy is progressing and will propose solutions to the many challenges still facing the industry.
Truly an international project, the expansion of Europe’s offshore wind capacity requires concerted cross-border action if offshore wind is to fulfil its potential as a major renewable energy source by 2020.
The conference programme will present practical steps forward to decision makers at EU and national levels and emphasise the importance of grid integration, industrial development and environmental and administrative considerations.
The next Swedish Wind Energy Conference, VIND2009 will be taking place alongside the main conference programme and will complement the main conference sessions, focusing on wind energy issues in the Nordic region. The main exhibition will be over 3,500 m 2 and will host over 150 exhibitors. A dedicated Swedish pavilion will allow participants to visit companies active on the Nordic market. Over three quarters of the exhibition space has already been sold.
Early bird registration entitling participants to a €100 discount is open now until 30 June. For more information, see www.offshorewind2009.info.