The wind power industry gathered into the sold out Wind Finland seminar last Tuesday. In Pikku-Finlandia, there were over 400 participants from over 10 countries gathered to network and discuss about the topical issues regarding wind power and green transition.
Challenges that the growth of wind power may cause have to be tackled in geopolitically sustainable manners
The seminar topics this year included electricity storages, cyber security and geopolitical issues such as whether there is enough materials for green energy transition and the role of China and Russia within the energy markets.
At the beginning of the seminar day, the Kai Mykkänen, the Chair of the Parliamentary Group of National Coalition Party brought the full audience to their feet and to give applaud for the whole industry for all the significant work done in reaching such an impressive growth and improving the Finnish energy self-sufficiency.
In the panel discussion, the panel moderator Esa Holttinen from AFRY Solutions UK Ltd. led the discussion on how the energy transition should be carried out in such a manner that it would be ethically sustainable – considering the geopolitical and human rights perspectives. The resources needed for renewable energy and batteries often locate in developing countries where HSEQ and sustainable development processes need to be renewed. Participants discussing about this important issue in the panel were Patrik Granvik from Aalto University, Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen from Alexander Institute of Helsinki University and Lauri Myllyvirta from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air’n (CREA).
As seen this spring, it is also increasingly important to prepare for cyber threats also in the renewables industry. In his presentation Paul Jenkinson from RES Renewable Norden highlighted that the amount of international cyber attacks is on the rise and they are more often targeted towards renewable energy power plants. Jenkinson reminded that hackers may be able to intrude the company’s information system via an unintentional click (within one’s email) made during the work day.
The main messages of the seminar day were also that the wind power industry recruits a lot of people and professionals are needed for years to come from a very broad range of expertise. Offshore development is growing in Finland and taking its position alongside onshore wind power. Also hybrid power plants (wind and solar) and green hydrogen and other P2X solutions are expecting growth in the coming years.
Wind Finland 2023
As the seminar has been growing year after year, next year we will have bigger venue as Wind Finland will be held in Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki. It will be an event you don’t want to miss so save the date Oct 4th 2023 already on your calendar! But before that be sure not to miss out Wind Finland spinn off events Wind Finland Oulu with focus on construction and production and also the popular Wind Finland Offshore! The tickets are already available in www.windfinland.fi
See you next year!