As befits a record-breaking industry, it achieved a record turnout at the European Wind Energy Conference 2007 in Milan. About 5000 people attended the conference and exhibition from 70 countries in early May, making it the most international EWEC ever. Conference attendance was 1900, also the biggest yet, with Germany, Britain, Denmark, Italy and Spain fielding the largest groups and China sending a 70 strong delegation, says EWEA. Some 190 papers were presented in 40 sessions over the four days, which on most days hosted four parallel sessions covering policy, science and technology as well as workshops. Integration of wind into grids and electricity markets was the single biggest topic covered, accounting for at least 20% of the total number of papers presented in conference sessions and some 20% of poster presentations. Where all the money is going to come from was also a major preoccupation, with five sessions devoted to financing, carbon pricing, cost effectiveness and investment strategies. In the exhibition hall, the number of exhibitors was 229 -- down from the previous record of 255 in London in 2004. Germany and the UK tied in top place for the biggest national presence, with each fielding 41 exhibiting companies. Denmark produced the third largest contingent with 33 exhibitors, followed by host country Italy with 28.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol