In order to exchange views with its customers, financial partners and business partners on important issues concerning the onshore wind energy sector and ENERCON strategy and development, ENERCON invited them to take part in the traditional ENERCON Forum. The Forum took place from 15th to 17th November at the ENERCON site in Magdeburg and welcomed around 350 participants. “We are delighted that so many of our partners took up our invitation and were able to see for themselves the stable position that ENERCON is in, and how our company is set to tackle the upcoming challenges”, summarised ENERCON Managing Director Hans-Dieter Kettwig with satisfaction. “We engaged in an intensive and very open dialogue and are therefore confident that, together with our partners, we will be able to master the new challenges emerging in particular in Germany and our markets.”
The issues discussed included the current market situation in Germany and abroad, the effects of the tendering system planned for Germany on further onshore wind energy development, and various aspects of energy transition. ENERCON also organised panel discussions, in which Hermann Albers, President of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE); Giles Dickson, CEO of the European Wind Energy Association WindEurope; Simon Müller from the International Energy Agency (IEA); Steve Moore from the Triodos Bank; Arjen Ploeg, CEO of DunoAir; Adnan Polat, Chairman of the Board at Polat Enerji; Heiko Ludwig from Nord LB and Marc Schmitz from Rabobank took part. Beforehand, Prof. Claudia Dalbert, Minister of the Environment and Energy for Saxony-Anhalt, and Mayor of Magdeburg Lutz Trümper, gave a welcome address to the plenum. They reiterated the importance of onshore wind energy for a successful energy transition, as well as in providing reliable jobs and boosting the regional economy.
In her welcoming speech, Energy Minister Prof. Claudia Dalbert said: “In the coalition agreement ‘Future opportunities for Saxony-Anhalt – reliable, fair and sustainable’, the new state government has picked up on key areas of the energy transition. In this, we have made clear our objective to obtain 100% of our power supply in Saxony-Anhalt from renewable energy sources and to play a pioneering role in the development of renewable energies. We have advocated reliable framework conditions in the energy transition and will maintain this course in the future. The energy transition is a regional future opportunity for our country!”
Afterwards, Hans-Dieter Kettwig presented ENERCON’s system solutions for renewable energies and explained ENERCON’s view of a positive implementation of the energy transition in Germany and Europe. Sales Director Stefan Lütkemeyer outlined ENERCON’s sales, service and product strategy for the WEC business. The senior managers from ENERCON’s strong research and development company offered insights into their work on the topic of WEC development as well as energy storage and grid support, sound and acoustics, rotor blade development, wind farm planning and optimisation, solutions for cold climate sites and ENERCON’s EP4 and EP3 platform. There was also a huge interest in the guided tours of the production facilities in Magdeburg-Rothensee and SKET offered by ENERCON. Guests were given the chance to look behind the scenes of the production of rotor blades, generators and steel towers and were able to hear exactly how the final assembly of the WEC components is carried out. A particular highlight was the production of components for ENERCON’s new EP4 platform.
“Our partners have understood that ENERCON will continue to focus on developing innovative technological solutions, and that we will carry on pursuing stable and sustainable company development, despite the uncertainties in the market”, said Hans-Dieter Kettwig. “Numerous discussions during the Forum have confirmed to us that we can still rely on the confidence of our partners, especially during this difficult time for renewable energies. Because it is particularly during times of global crisis, uncertain political decisions and changing markets that we want to promote long-term thinking in the operation of the WECs we have supplied. We are not here to do quick business.”