New Arrival for Hamburg’s Wind Energy Sector

Broadwind Energy, Inc. from sister city Chicago opens office in Hamburg

New Arrival for Hamburg’s Wind Energy Sector

The European Green Capital 2011 again demonstrates its attractiveness for renewable energy companies. Broadwind Energy, Inc., headquartered in Naperville, Illinois, near Chicago and US market leader for supply chain solutions for the energy industry has opened an office in Hamburg. "Hamburg has a strong, high-profile renewable energy portfolio," according to Michael Stegelmann, managing director of newly established Broadwind Energy Europe GmbH. "As European Green Capital 2011, Hamburg exerts considerable pull, it is close to the offshore sites, provides excellent opportunities to forge links through the Hamburg Renewable Energy Cluster Network and is the ideal environment for us to build our European business." Broadwind Energy Europe kicks off its operation with a lean distribution office. Future plans envision building European headquarters and locating a technology centre here.

HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation had a hand in the move, providing service and support. CEO Heinrich Lieser is pleased: "Hamburg is steadily evolving into a wind energy capital. By now, virtually all internationally relevant wind energy companies have become engaged in the Hamburg metropolitan region with smaller- or larger-scale activities. Broadwind Energy’s move is yet another superb achievement of our targeted, industry-focussed work. We have again been successful in our critical task of extending Hamburg’s wind energy portfolio and enhancing Hamburg’s profile at the international level. Our proactive work results in tangible success. Building on this, HWF will use the 2010 Husum Wind Energy show to convince other national and international companies of the advantages of locating in Hamburg."

Broadwind Energy, Inc. (www.bwen.com) is one of the leading providers of integrated supply chain solutions in the wind energy industry. The NASDAQ-listed corporation (Global Select, NASDAQ:BWEN) is a management holding company, an umbrella organization that owns and integrates four previously existing entities. Comprising the brands "Tower Tech" for wind turbine structural towers, "Brad Foote Gear Works" for gearing systems, "EMS – Energy Maintenance Service" for planning, construction and maintenance, and "Badger Transport" for high-payload transport, Broadwind is the national market leader providing a turnkey supply chain unequalled in the US.

More than any other location, Hamburg has benefited from the wind energy sector’s growth in recent years. Manufacturers like Repower Systems, now owned by the Indian Suzlon group, Nordex, Siemens, General Electric (GE) from the US, or Vestas from Denmark, have established distribution units or even head offices in the metropolitan region. They epitomize Hamburg’s renaissance as an industrial site, and make a strong contribution to the job market with staff numbers in the hundreds.

There are various reasons for this development. One of them is the concentration of related industries which provides significant opportunities for synergy: The engineers in aircraft construction and shipbuilding are perfectly attuned to the requirements of the wind energy industry. Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Blohm & Voss and Sietas – they all deliver cutting-edge know-how in the drive for technical solutions in wind energy. The northern companies have a clear lead regarding the number of patents in the field of renewable energy.

The world’s leading certification agencies for industrial facilities, Germanischer Lloyd and Bureau Veritas, are another strong point for the industry to favour Hamburg. There is also a sizeable pool of qualified junior staff. Long-established links with the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) mean that there already is an ongoing, multifaceted exchange between research and the industry. Geographical factors also have strong bearing. The Hamburg metropolitan region’s location between the North Sea and the Baltic makes it a natural choice for the wind power business.

The industry can rely on political support, as well. Hamburg’s strategy of "Responsible Growth" has put the Hanseatic city on the path towards applied environmental awareness and responsible resource utilization – its commitment is unmatched by any other German city.