June 22nd 2023
THE BLUE BEACH is the european summer event for the makers of renewable energies in Germany. A very special open-air experience awaits you.
Energy is movement.
Energy is change.
Energy is in the water and in the air.
Water covers two thirds of our earth.
Water and air are our basis for life.
Wind and water are our energy.
The sun makes water and sky appear blue.
Life on the blue planet is only possible in the future if we switch our energy production to renewable energies.
THE BLUE – Tomorrow’s Green moves the questions of the transformation of the energy system with experts from business, politics and technology.
THE BLUE has been hosting formats on the latest developments in the energy market since 2014.
THE BLUE BEACH is an event format that brings together the most important drivers and decision-makers of renewable energies in Europe.
Giles Dickson has been Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope since 2015. WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry.
The association represents the entire value chain of onshore and offshore wind energy in Europe and has more than 400 members active in over 50 countries. Dickson is also Chair of the Advisory Board of ENTSO-E and Visiting Professor at the Bucharest School of Economics.
Before joining WindEurope, Giles Dickson was a UK civil servant for 16 years and then led Alstom’s public affairs activities.
Start Reception with Lunch: 1200 am, Doors open 1145 am
Claudia Kleinert, briefing on simultaneous translation
Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope and patron THE BLUE BEACH
José Luis Blanco, CEO, Nordex / Acciona Windpower
THE BLUE BEACH TALKS
Future of aviation
Erin Beilharz, Managing Director, CleanTech Hub at Lufthansa Group
Influence of artificial intelligence (AI) on the power grid infrastructure
Nicole Büttner, CEO, Merantix Momentum GmbH
Networking Time I – Time for exchange between all participants
A Spaceport for Germany with consideration of environmental and nature-conservational aspects as well as the maritime shipping traffic
Captain Heiko Felderhoff, Managing Director, Harren & Partner Group (Special Guest)
Financing and PPAs: More suitable, more predictable, more popular: wind and solar as boosters for a sustainable industry – even in a volatile market
Host: Dr. Axel Röpke, Lawyer and Partner, Tyskret Sagawe & Klages
Gunnar Groebler, CEO, Salzgitter AG
Ralf Schürkamp, Managing Director, ENGIE Deutschland Erneuerbare GmbH
Katrin Fuhrmann, Head of Origination, ENGIE Global Markets SAS
Tim Koenemann, Managing Director and Head of COC Energy, Commerzbank AG
Opportunities and challenges of global offshore markets
Prof. Dr. Martin Skiba, Vice Chairman, World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO)
Thomas Haukje, Managing Partner, Nordwest Assekuranzmakler GmbH & Co. KG
Sonja Voigt, Global Vice Director Wind, Ramboll Group A/S
Till Schwarzlose, SVP Offshore Wind Development, RWE Renewables Germany
Networking Time II – Time for exchange between all participants
City of Hamburg as a pioneer in green hydrogen
Senator Jens Kerstan, Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Astrid Dose, Deputy Managing Director, Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg Clusteragentur GmbH
Significance of hydrogen in the offshore industry
Christian Pho Duc, CTO, Smartenergy Group AG
Credits I Acknowledgements
Claudia Kleinert, TV presenter
Networking Time III – Evening event
THE BLUE BEACH Concert
Rudolf Rock & die Schocker (Uli und Susi Salm, Hugo Egon Balder)
Already since 1999 Claudia Kleinert presented “Das Wetter” in the first and a few third programs, and since 2002 the weather announcements before the daily news and after the daily topics. Since 2023, Claudia Kleinert has been a Holder of the Order of Merit North Rhine-Westphalia.
Dr. Axel Röpke
Lawyer and Partner, Tyskret Sagawe & Klages, Host Panel PPAs
Dr. Axel B. Röpke is an expert in renewable energy law and corporate law and a partner at Tyskret Sagawe & Klages law firm in Hamburg, a cross-border business boutique. His clients include in particular domestic and foreign investment funds, private investors and banks, which he advises on cross-border transactions and other renewable energy projects. Axel Röpke has been a regional board member of the German Wind Energy Association Hamburg (BWE) since 2009 and was also vice president of the German Wind Energy Association in Berlin from 2015 to 2017 and advises on honorary capacity the Danish Seamen’s Church “Benediktekirken” in Hamburg on all legal issues.
Senator Jens Kerstan
Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Senator Jens Kerstin has been the Minister of Environment and Energy of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg since 2015 until today. The two resources climate and agriculture were added in 2020. From 2008 to 2015 Mr. Kerstan was chairman of the Green parliamentary group in the Hamburg State Parliament. He was the group spokesman for environment, energy, and climate issues, as well as for budget and economy issues. Prior to joining the Hamburg State Parliament in 2002, Kerstan, an economist, was marketing project manager for a global supplier of technologies and consultancy services. From 1995 to 2011 he was also chairman of a nature conservation organization in Hamburg.
José Luis Blanco
CEO, Nordex / Acciona Windpower
was born on 17 July 1970 and is a Spanish citizen. He started his career in 1993 at Industrias Ferri. His first management experience was at Gamesa, where he held various management and board positions from 1997 to 2002. His stations included the management of Gamesa Eolica USA. At Gamesa USA he served as COO, at Gamesa Solar as Engineering Director and CEO, and as Gamesa Offshore Director. In 2011, he was appointed Chief Customer Officer and Member of the Board at Gamesa. José Luis Blanco joined the management of Acciona Windpower in 2012. José Luis Blanco has been a member of the Management Board of Nordex SE since the acquisition of Acciona Windpower by Nordex in April 2016, initially as Chief Operating Officer (COO). José Luis Blanco was appointed Chairman of the Management Board on 17 March 2017.
Kapitän Heiko Felderhoff
Managing Director, Harren & Partner Group has been with Harren & Partner since 1995. He has been responsible for the expansion of the company from a ship owner to a service provider in Heavylift, Projects, Logistics, Engineering and Offshore Solutions. At the present Heiko is Managing Director and shareholder of Harren & Partner. Heiko has not only a wealth of experience in the sectors of oil and gas, renewable energy, logistics and engineering but has also experience as a master on several heavy lift and offshore vessels. Expertise und Project experience • Master Mariner • Graduate Engineer • Managing Director of Harren & Partner Group • Managing Director of Atheleon • Managing Director of SAL Engineering • President of Harren & Partner Mexico
CEO, Salzgitter AG
Managing Director, CleanTech Hub, Lufthansa Group
Managing Director of the Lufthansa Group CleanTech Hub, is tasked with identifying, sourcing and implementing and scaling technology to transform Lufthansa Group Airlines flight operations to reach their 2050 net zero target. The CleanTech Hub focuses on scaling and commercializing homegrown tech from within the group companies and establishing partnerships with startups and corporates in the areas of aircraft retrofits, SAF and alternative fuels, digital solutions, waste and circular economy, and everything between and beyond, comprising new powertrains, hydrogen, electric, hybrid, etc. Erin has a background in logistics, aviation, IT, and is passionate about innovation.
Managing Director, ENGIE Deutschland Erneuerbare GmbH
The graduate in business mathematics and environmental engineering looks back on decades of experience in the field of renewable energies and held numerous management positions at Innogy and RWE, among others, before joining ENGIE in 2020.
Head of Origination, ENGIE Global Markets SAS
studied International Economics at the University of Maastrich and the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne and holds a Master of Arts in European Studies from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. She started her career in 2005 in consultancy at Mc Kinsey & Company before joining BNP Parisbas Fortis as Energy Analyst in 2007. Since 2009 she has held various positions in the ENGIE Group (former GDF SUEZ), initially as Senior Carbon Analyst, Leader of Carbon Trading and since 2002 she is Head of Origination.
SVP Offshore Wind Development, RWE Renewables Germany
is SVP Offshore Development Germany. Prior leadership roles include development activities in Offshore Hydrogen as well as in Americas and Asia. Having joined RWE Renewables (formerly E.ON Climate & Renewables) at its inception in 2007, his path covers management positions in Finance, M&A, preceded by 10+ years’ experience in consulting and finance across the green and environmental industries. He holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Managing Director and Head of COC Energy, Commerzbank AG
Deputy Managing Director, Renewable Energy Hamburg Clusteragentur GmbH
external representative of the cluster, head of public relations & marketing, conception of digital and analogue events for 10 years and has played a key role in leading the hydrogen issue in the cluster’s work from the very beginning.
Managing Partner, Nordwest Assekuranzmakler GmbH & Co. KG
has held various positions in the insurance industry since 1990. He has more than 30 years of experience in the international industrial insurance business and has been recognized as a globally renowned expert in the Renewable Energy Industry for more than 20 years. In 2008 he was appointed Managing Partner of Nordwest Assekuranzmakler GmbH & Co. KG. Thomas has also been acting as president of the “BDVM”, the Association of German Insurance Brokers, in an honorary post since the end of 2019.
CEO Merantix Momentum GmbH
Prof. Dr. Martin Skiba
Vice Chairman, World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO)
has been actively involved in the expansion of renewable energies in Europe for more than 30 years, and has worked exclusively in the globally growing offshore wind market for 22 years. His professional path in the offshore wind industry led him via leading positions at Repower Systems AG and RWE Innogy to his current work as a consultant and entrepreneur. Currently, the mechanical engineer, who holds a doctorate, is also an honorary board member of the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation as well as Vice Chairman of the World Forum Offshore Wind and a lecturer at the TUHH.
Global Vice Director Wind, Ramboll Group A/S
Christian Pho Duc
Chief Technology Officer, SMARTENERGY Group AG
is the CTO at Smartenergy and the Vice Chair of the Renewable Hydrogen Workstream at Solar Power Europe. He graduated as a Physicist from Munich and Cambridge University. Christian has accumulated 25 years working experience in Semiconductors (Siemens, IBM, G&D, Infineon Technologies), Renewable Energies & Hydrogen (Solyndra, Nanosolar, Smartenergy) and Electric Mobility (Torqeedo) in various management positions. With his multi-national background he speaks fluently German, English, French, Italian and some Spanish.
CEO, WindEurope, Opening Speaker and Patron
has been Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope since 2015. WindEurope is the voice of the European wind industry. The association represents the entire value chain of onshore and offshore wind energy in Europe and has more than 400 members active in over 50 countries. Dickson is also Chair of the Advisory Board of ENTSO-E and Visiting Professor at the Bucharest School of Economics. Before joining WindEurope, Giles Dickson was a UK civil servant for 16 years and then led Alstom’s public affairs activities.
Welcome to MOTEL ONE Fleetinsel Hamburg
We are pleased to introduce our hotel partner exclusive for THE BLUE BEACH. The MOTEL ONE Fleetinsel is the most modern hotel of the MOTEL ONE Group in Hamburg. With its maritime charm, situated on the Alsterfleet and close to the Elbe, it fits perfectly with the format of THE BLUE BEACH.
As our THE BLUE BEACH guests, we already have a separate area for accreditation to the event when you check in. There you will receive your personal badge and access to the Beach Club Sonnendeck St. Pauli.
If you have any questions regarding your ticket booking, please contact email@example.com
THE BLUE – Tomorrow’s Green
THE BLUE develops innovative event formats on current topics with experts from the fields of business, politics, technology and the environment.
With meanwhile five independent formats and several thousand visitors since its introduction at the global wind fair WindEnergy Hamburg 2014, THE BLUE accompanies current topics from the fields of economy, politics and technology for renewable energies. The unique thing about the format is its independence.
Sonnendeck St. Pauli
The Beach Club Sonnendeck St. Pauli is the perfect venue for THE BLUE BEACH. Situated directly at Hamburg’s Landungsbrücken, with a view of the Elbe, the Elbphilharmonie and the wind turbines of the city of Hamburg, the right networking atmosphere is created as soon as you enter.
Hamburg’s first outdoor address has a capacity of up to 800 guests on 980 m2. The furnishings were designed with sustainability in mind – “second use” is the main focus here, without sacrificing an elegant and stylish ambience. Solar modules on the roof of the newly designed beach club convert Hamburg’s sun into energy. Large umbrellas preserve the unique view and the special atmosphere in case of typical Hamburg weather.
Sonnendeck St. Pauli
Bei den St. Pauli Landungsbrücken
Entrance on the way to bridge 10
By public transport (HVV):
With the underground line U3,
the S-Bahn lines S1, S2, S3,
the bus lines 111, 112
or the ferries 62, 73 and 75
Lost and Found
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Phone: (040) 807 919 82 700
Contact information for tickets and payment
The purchase of a ticket for the event THE BLUE BEACH 2023 worth 455,00 EUR (early bird discount until 31.05.2023) or 650,00 EUR includes all offered food and beverages as well as the participation in the day program from 12:00 to 18:00 and in the evening event until midnight, including the THE BLUE BEACH concert. The meals include lunch and dinner. During the day, fruit will also be served at the tables and waffles at a stand.
All tickets are personalised and non-transferable. You have the option of submitting the name of the person attending 10 days before the event by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org as well as having it changed to another person. If you book more than one ticket, you do not have to provide all the names and can submit them accordingly at the above e-mail address.
Tickets can only be purchased on account. 10 days before the event, you will receive the personalized tickets at the e-mail address you provided. The ticket price is payable immediately without deduction after invoicing. All prices are subject to 19% VAT.