Under the motto “Experience the energy turnaround at first hand”, Husum Wind 2015 for the first time presented itself as a regional trade show, focusing on the markets of Germany and its European neighbors. Undiminished international interest in the traditional industry meeting place Husum was demonstrated not only by the 650 exhibitors from 25 countries but also by the visitors: the Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen and also a delegation from Central Asia were among the more prominent examples.
“The show lives – Husum Wind continues to be the industry event for the wind industry,” as Dirk Kordtomeikel, Business Manager Wind Energy at Beckhoff, is pleased to note. “For us, Husum is a networking venue and a place to exchange innovative ideas; this is where the ‘practitioners’ gather, the industry’s real experts. And this is certainly no coincidence, because it was in Husum that the wind industry was virtually launched with the very first ‘Wind power trade show’ in 1989.”
“Our contacts with visitors are above average, and we were able to welcome a high proportion of foreign visitors to our booth. China was strongly represented, as was Denmark – and those are the countries that set standards in the wind energy sector – so we are extremely pleased with the results of Husum Wind”.
The visitors were particularly interested in the idea of Industry 4.0 in the context of wind power. “The wind power industry is well aware that Beckhoff is an innovative company that was quick to introduce the market to ideas such as condition monitoring and wind farm networking,” says Dirk Kordtomeikel: “Developments have shown that we were right in setting those trends, and that has earned us our customers’ trust.”
In TwinCAT Wind, its new software framework for automating wind turbines, Beckhoff takes the ideas and methods of Industry 4.0 and makes them available to the wind industry in the form of secure vertical and horizontal communication, Big Data, and consistent engineering. More than 100 man-years of experience have gone into the creation of this framework. It enables users to use modern, object-oriented programming methods to rapidly automate their wind turbines and enable their customers to enjoy the benefits of state-of-the-art information technology.