Poor wind turn-out for Renergie trade fair

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No more than a large handful of wind turbine companies made it to Renergie, the fifth renewable energy trade fair and congress to be held in Hamm in North Rhine Westfalia (NRW) in early June. The exhibition stamina of the wind industry seems to have been taxed by the Hannover Industry Trade Fair in April, says organiser Thomas Bauer. The stalwarts were DeWind, Enercon, Südwind, Husumer Schiffswerft/Jacobs Energie and Tacke Windenergie, which exhibited among some 100 other companies and associations. Windtec made the journey from Austria and the small turbine branch was represented by EWS Windkraftanlagen from Kevelaer with a new 10 kW unit. The modest turbine manufacturing presence was augmented by industry suppliers, such as blade maintenance firms. Of seven seminars at the congress, one was devoted to wind. Political prominence gave a shine to the event. Two NRW ministers, Michael Vesper and Joachim Westermann, opened the fair and a member of the European Parliament, Mechtilde Rothe, discussed the EC's White (policy) Paper on renewables.

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