Wind energy in focus: The 3rd Emder Offshore Days

On September 5, the third Emder Offshore Days came to an end at the University of Emden/Leer.
ENOVA was represented at the two-day offshore industry networking meeting, both as a major sponsor and as part of the lecture program. The event was focused on the mutual exchange of ideas in various panel discussions, as well as the accompanying exhibition. Parallel practical and scientific lectures were available to interested attendees.

In addition to the exhibition attendees, regional economic and political representatives came together to encourage offshore wind energy in and for the region. One focal point of the meetings was an event on the evening of September 4 in the Johannes a Lasco Library in Emden. Helmuth A. Brümmer, Managing Director of the ENOVA Group and Dr. Torsten Köhne, CEO of EWE AG, presented to 300 guests the need for reliable conditions in the offshore industry, in relation to the realization of RIFFGAT, Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

In his presentation, Helmuth A. Brümmer covered the challenges of the offshore wind farm RIFFGAT’s approval process and illustrated the main obstacles in the 12-year planning phase. ENOVA initiated the project in the mid-90s as project developer and obtained approval. Brümmer also highlighted the rapid implementation of offshore wind farms, pointing out the remarkable achievement it was for all parties to build thirty wind turbines in just fourteen months. Following the presentation, there was an opportunity for mutual exchange and further discussions. Brümmer appeared satisfied with the outcome of Emder Offshore Days for ENOVA. The goal, to make themselves strong in the region and for the region, had been met. The great echo of Offshore Days in the industry was also enjoyable, according to Brümmer. Offshore wind energy has found another high-profile platform.