Harnessing the Power of Wind for Coastal China! WEIHAI, CHINA, 26-27 AUGUST 2010 – Although Asia is late in entering the offshore wind market, as compared to Europe, it is moving ahead at a quick pace. Asia sees offshore wind as the answer to powering its vast modern cities. Most of its population lies near the coast where winds are strong and could be harnessed to produce power to the mega cities. Offshore wind farms can be placed where power is needed most thus their efficiency levels will be substantially higher than their onshore counterparts.
Following the tremendous success of their past onshore wind series events, Noppen held their first Asia Offshore Wind Summit in Weihai on the 26-27 August 2010. Supported by Weihai Municipal Government, the Harbin Institute of Technology (Weihai) and the American General Business Association, the summit was attended by over 200 senior directors and technicians from Asia's wind energy and offshore wind farms. Industry leaders came together to discuss Asia's newest industrial policies, advanced technology solutions, future developments, and the most up-to-date progress reports on major projects in Asia. Shandong Electric Power Engineering Consulting Institute “Very organized event, we want to attend again!"
On the morning of day one a meeting was held with the Vice Mayor of Weihai, Zhao Xidian, and some of the top delegates and speakers at the event. The Vice Mayor welcomed the delegates to Weihai and they discussed Weihai’s offshore wind expansion efforts. The summit was then opened with addresses from the Weihai Municipal Government and Harbin Institute of Technology (Weihai) and a speech from Weihai DRC. Key speakers were Xiao Ya Fei, GM Shandong Wind Energy Project, CNOOC New Energy Investment Co Ltd who spoke on the opportunities and challenges of CNOOC's offshore wind power development and Andy Kinsella, CEO Offshore, Mainstream Renewable Power who spoke about the new Super Grid in Europe and how the entire supply chain is needed to build successful offshore wind farms – from carbon fibre to blades to the ships needed to construct offshore wind farms to the wind farm owners. Jilin Electric Power Survey & Design Institute "The conference was very meaningful".
Prominent speakers at the event included Pei Zheyi, Director of the Hydro and New Energy Department, State Grid who gave an overview of wind power integration in China and Goldwind's, Deputy Chief - Offshore Wind R&D Centre, Shi Lei presented on Goldwind's exploration of offshore wind power technology. One of the most popular speakers at the event was Alex Tancock, Project Manager of Hong Kong Offshore Wind Farm. Alex spoke about Hong Kong's offshore wind farm and why developing offshore wind farms takes longer than most people may expect. He gave solutions to overcoming some of these difficulties and explanations as to what must be done to erect offshore wind farms. NEPDI "Large turnout, layout of the event had a definite significance". Tao Youchuan, Vice General Manager of CSIC (Chongqing) Haizhuang Windpower Equipment described CSIC’s new 5mw offshore wind turbine; from IHC Hydro Hammer, Teun Verschoor, Area Manager Sales, conveyed their piling equipment, solutions and developments in offshore wind turbine foundations in Europe and SGL Group presented on the material challenges of the offshore wind industry.
Other topics discussed at the event were constructing offshore wind turbines by Siemens Ltd., China; multi-megawatt WEC used in far and deep offshore projects by Repower North (China) Co Ltd and an overview of offshore wind energy in Korea by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, South Korea. Other speakers came from CRESP Jiangsu Province, the Ocean University of China, Dutch Offshore Innovators, and China Renewable Energy Industry Association. Noppen would like to express special thanks to the Asia Offshore Wind Summit sponsors and supporters; including IHC Hydro Hammer, SGL Group, Ormazabal, Avantis, and Beluga Shipping, for their great contribution to the event.