Messe Husum and Deutsche Messe announce Windallianz Award

Messe Husum and Deutsche Messe announce a Technology Prize for Innovative Wind-Energy Companies - the Windallianz Award

Husum / Hanover, 11 May 2012. Innovative companies from the wind-energy sector can apply for the Windallianz Award starting immediately. This technology prize will be offered by Messe Husum and the Deutsche Messe for the first time. It is directed at national and international companies that participate in the value-creation chain of the wind-energy industry, either as manufacturers of overall systems, as service providers or as suppliers of individual components.

"The competition in the international wind-energy market brings about an important surge in innovation, whose results are presented to the professional international audience as well as to the business and political community at the fairs in Hanover and Husum. By introducing the Windallianz Award, we are placing a targeted incentive for companies to continue developing existing technologies or to generate completely new ones. We plan to create a great deal of attention for the Windallianz Award and will make investors aware of it", says Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of the board of the Deutsche Messe AG.

"The international wind-energy sector needs technological innovations, both now and in the future, to stand its ground among increasing competition and growing pricing pressure", adds Peter Becker, managing director of the Messe Husum & Congress. "With the Windallianz Award we want to honour excellent technological innovations."

Festive Award Ceremony at HUSUM WindEnergy
The award winner will be chosen by an international jury, made up of high-ranking experts from the Centre of Excellence for Wind Energy (CEwind), from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

In addition to taking the degree of innovation and the market potential into account, the professional jury – when awarding the prize – will also consider the ecological and social benefit of the products and services submitted as well as the companies' commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The nominations will be announced in the summer. The festive award ceremony of the winner will take place in September 2012 within the framework of the HUSUM WindEnergy international trade fair. The application documents can be obtained from the Messe Husum & Congress. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2012.

About HUSUM WindEnergy
HUSUM WindEnergy is the world's largest trade fair for wind energy. It takes place once every two years in the city of Husum, Germany. On an area of 58,000 square metres, around 1,200 exhibitors from 30 countries will present their products and services from 18 to 22 September 2012. For this year's fair, the organizer expects a new record of more than 36,000 visitors from 90 countries. Among the partners of the trade fair count the international association Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the German Federal Association for Wind Energy (BWE, Bundesverband WindEnergie e.V.), the German Engineering Federation, Power Systems (VDMA, Fachverband Power Systems), European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) und World Wind Energy Association WWEA) as well as Business Development Corporation of Nordfriesland (WFG, Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Nordfriesland mbH)

Messe Husum & Congress
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25813 Husum, Germany

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About Wind
In uneven years, the Deutsche Messe AG holds the trade fair Wind within the scope of the HANNOVER MESSE. There, plants, services and components for wind energy are presented in an industrial context. In collaboration with the energy trade fair, running at the same time, as well as the world's largest trade fair for power transmission and control, MDA, Wind in Hanover stands in the focus of exhibitors and visitors from the energy sector, industry, politics and public authorities. The next Wind will take place from 8 to 12 April 2013 in Hanover, Germany.

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