June 22nd 2023


St. Pauli


20359 Hamburg

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

CEO WindEurope

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

Opening speech

Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope and patron THE BLUE BEACH


José Luis Blanco, CEO, Nordex / Acciona Windpower


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



Stephen Cooper
Rudolf Rock & die Schocker (Uli und Susi Salm, Hugo Egon Balder)


Claudia Kleinert
TV presenter

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.


Stay informed about THE BLUE BEACH on June 22nd, 2023 and register for the “good news”. We will regularly send you all the important updates on the summer event for renewable energies, from the program design and information about our speakers to the hygiene regulations that will then apply and the admission process in 2023.







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.

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Ticket service

If you have any questions regarding your ticket booking, please contact participant@thebluebeach.de


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.


By car:
Sonnendeck St. Pauli
Bei den St. Pauli Landungsbrücken
20359 Hamburg
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 
Stop “Landungsbrücken”

Lost and Found
E-Mail: info@sonnendeck-stpauli.de
Phone: (040) 807 919 82 700


Contact information for tickets and payment

Included services
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. 

Payment modalities
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.