Parliamentary State Secretary Beckmeyer at the conference ‘Industrie 4.0 – the wind power industry in the new energy landscape’; Source: BMWI/Mertens

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Representatives of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Bundesverband WindEnergie, the German Metalworkers’ Union and the power systems branch of the German Engineering Federation met today for a conference entitled ‘Industrie 4.0 – the wind power industry in the new energy landscape’ to discuss future challenges for the wind power industry. These notably included maintaining the competitiveness of the German wind power industry at European and global level and using digitisation to boost the development of new innovations.

Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Uwe Beckmeyer said: “Technological advancements, the provision of systems solutions and energy efficiency have made the wind power industry a driving force of the energy industry. The goal now is for this sector to strengthen its competitiveness as an exporter of wind power solutions, and to focus on innovation and digitisation.”

The conference also saw the signing of a joint declaration between the business associations and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The declaration can be found here (in German).

Among the key messages of the conference were:

  1. Ensuring that there is a fair, ambitious and strong domestic market in place.
  2. Transforming not only our electricity supply, but the entire energy sector.
  3. Helping the German market drive forward innovation.
  4. Promoting fair world trade.
  5. Work 4.0: Promoting partnership and ensuring social responsibility