Major wind energy fair opens in Germany

Sep 21, 2010
Visitors walk past a model of a wind turbine at the Wind Energy 2010 fair in Husum, northern Germany. The world's leading wind energy trade fair opened in Germany on Tuesday, organisers said, with close to 1,000 exhibitors from around 70 countries expected to draw some 30,000 visitors.

The world's leading wind energy trade fair opened in Germany on Tuesday, organisers said, with close to 1,000 exhibitors from around 70 countries expected to draw some 30,000 visitors.

"Besides being the most important international wind energy trade fair, HUSUM WindEnergy has also been the most important meeting place for the industry’s actors, movers and shakers for a good 20 years," it said.

The four-day event in Husum, on northern Germany's windswept North Sea coast, had just 743 firms showing off their wares last time it was held in 2008, and the exhibition space has been increased by 40 percent.

Although the wind energy market's prospects are seen as healthy in the medium term, participants in Husum said that the number of installed is set to fall this year, due largely to a slowdown of the US market.

In host country Germany, meanwhile, renewable energy firms are angry at plans by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to postpone the date when Europe's biggest economy abandons nuclear power.

Merkel wants to extend the lifetime of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors by an average of 12 years beyond a previously scheduled shutdown of around 2020 as a "bridge" until renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar suffice.

"The government's plans are torpedoing the development of renewable energy," said Hermann Albers, head of the German Association (BWE).

Anti-nuclear protesters have vowed further demonstrations in the coming weeks after tens of thousands rallied in Berlin on Saturday, while opposition lawmakers have said they want a referendum on the issue.

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