InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy engine supported by the EIT, and WindEurope, the voice of the European wind industry, today announce that they will host their first joint hackathon. Hack the Wind aims to help shape the future of wind energy by facilitating the development of innovative new technologies.
The hackathon will be held on the first two days of the 2017 WindEurope Conference and Exhibition, the biggest European wind energy event, which will run from 28-30 November at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Malgosia Bartosik, Deputy CEO at WindEurope, says: “Every year, we look to make our conference better, with new ideas that can lead to meaningful change for the industry. We are excited to work with InnoEnergy on our first at-event hackathon to drive innovation and new partnerships in the space.”
Participants in the hackathon will be split into teams, competing for a share of a €20,000 prize. They will be judged by a panel of WindEurope and InnoEnergy partners on their solutions to two pressing challenges facing the wind power industry – one of which will be chosen by leading global renewable energy company EDP Renewables.
Emilien Simonot, Renewable Energy Technology Officer at InnoEnergy, says: “We love attending WindEurope with our partners to show off their innovative products and learn from the rest of the sector. With Hack the Wind, we are going one step further by fostering new innovations at the event itself. And hopefully, by leading to the creation of some new innovative start-ups.”
In addition to hosting Hack the Wind, InnoEnergy is also exhibiting at WindEurope this year, along with some of its partners’ products and solutions, including:
- EOLOS FLS200: A fully-equipped floating LIDAR for wind, wave and current measurement
- Koala Lifter: Innovative climbing device for exchanging the main components of wind turbine generators (blades, gearbox, generator, etc.)
- Pro-Drone: Automated aerial inspections of energy infrastructure, focusing on wind blade inspections
- WindFloat: A floating foundation for offshore wind turbines with a simple, economic design
- Smartive: Advanced IoT cloud solutions to monitor, diagnose and control wind turbines