Getting fit for 55 and set for 2050: Electrifying Europe with wind energy

The EU wants a highly electrified energy system as the basis for climate neutrality by 2050. And they want wind to be half of Europe’s electricity. That means ruthlessly prioritising the future-proof technologies, infrastructure and business models that will accelerate renewables-based electrification.

A new report from ETIPWind and WindEurope, “Getting fit for 55 and set for 2050: Electrifying Europe with wind energy”, sets out how to meet the challenge.

Today we will discuss what technologies, policies and incentives can help drive wind-based electrification. And where we still need Research & Innovation to help unlock the transformation of the energy system.

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Programme

15:00-16:00

Getting Fit for 55 and set for 2050: Electrifying Europe with wind energy

Welcome

  • Adrian Timbus, ETIPWind Chairman & event moderator

Presentation of ETIPWind / WindEurope report.

Panel discussion with:

  • João Galamba, Secretary of State for Energy, Portugal
  • Rosalinde van der Vlies, Director Clean Planet, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Bo Svoldgaard, Senior Vice President Innovation & Concepts, Vestas
  • Elisabeth Brinton, Executive Vice President Renewables & Energy Solutions, Shell
  • Rasmus Errboe, Senior Vice President, Head of Continental Europe Offshore, Ørsted
  • Alexandra Bech Gjørv, CEO, SINTEF

R&I Town Hall: questions from the audience.

16:00-16:05

Interactive break

16:05-16:45

Wind technology success stories. The importance of R&I funding

Wind energy technology megatrends

  • Adrian Timbus, ETIPWind Chairman

Panel discussion with:

  • Henrik Stiesdal, Founder & CEO, Stiesdal A/S
  • Danielle Merfeld, Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy
  • Poul Skjærbæk, Chief Innovation Officer, Siemens Gamesa
  • Jenna Iori, PhD Student, DTU Wind Energy
16:45-16:50

Interactive break

16:50-17:25

Are the R&I budgets and policies fit for the needed wind expansion?

Keynote:

  • Alexandra Sdoukou, Secretary General for Energy and Minerals Resources, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Greece

Panel discussion with:

  • Alexandra Sdoukou, Secretary General for Energy and Minerals Resources, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Greece
  • Paula Pinho, Director Just Transition, Consumers, Energy Efficiency & Innovation, DG Energy, European Commission
  • Belén Linares, Chief Innovation Officer, Acciona
  • Lena Kitzing, Head of Section Society, Markets & Policy, DTU Wind Energy

R&I Town Hall: questions from the audience

17:25-17:30

Closing remarks

  • Adrian Timbus, ETIPWind Chairman