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At the Messenzentrum Salzburg preparations are in full swing in the run-up to RENEXPO INTERHYDRO 2021 on November 25 – 26. A hub event for visitors from Eastern and Western Europe,...

... this popular industry event will once again highlight the ways in which hydropower contributes to a safe, sustainable, affordable and climate compatible supply of energy. Visitors will be treated to a multi-faceted agenda packed with presentations of technical innovations, expert talks by international hydropower professionals, and an extensive platform for networking and exchanging ideas.

Since its inception RENEXPO INTER­HYDRO at the Messezentrum Salzburg has evolved into Europe’s largest hydropower trade fair and convention. Grow­ing interest in the further expansion of hydropower has boosted the event’s popularity in recent years. Representatives from all over the hydropower industry have come to appreciate it as a unique platform for presentations, knowledge transfer, a lively exchange of ex­periences, and as a welcome opportunity to network and establish new contacts. After last year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organisers are looking forward to offering the usual highly attractive programme for the event on November 25 – 26 this year.

By now more than 40 companies have already confirmed their intention to attend RENEXPO­ INTERHYDRO 2021. The Hydro Forum will be offering a varied supporting programme ranging from technical talks to breakout sessions on current industry-related issues. Further discussions will cover aspects like the current legal and political setting, the role of hydropower within the context of the energy turnaround, as well as practical experiences and latest developments. The organisers are especially pleased about the confirmed attendance of high-ranking representatives from politics and the industry, and their participation in the subsequent round of discussions. Leonore Gewessler, Austria’s Federal Minister for Climate Protection, the Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, will give the opening speech. In his keynote address, Blackout expert Herbert Saurugg will talk about “(Small) Hydropower – a key ingredient for stable energy cells?” And Federal Minister Gewessler will be joined by Martina Prechtl-Grundnig, the Managing Director of the Austrian Renewable Energy Council, and Member of the Bundestag, Andreas Lenz for an energy-focussed talk and discussion on the topic, “Hydropower as the backbone of the energy turnaround – are our current energy laws up to the challenge?”. This will be followed by in-depth presentations of some fascinating projects, such as Hydropower Plant Grossweil in Bavaria, to illustrate ways of meeting energy supply requirements with a strongly growing share of fluctuating renewable energy sources. As in previous years, exhibitors and presenters will have the opportunity in the evening to wind down and network at the “Turbine Party”. Established as a platform for industry experts, RENEXPO INTERHYDRO 2021 is addressed to operators, planners, project developers, investors, communities and energy providers to facilitate a mutual exchange of knowledge and experience. As always, the individual sessions are organised under the categories of “Freshwater Ecology” and “Hydropower and Reservoirs”. This year will see the introduction of an additional category: “Hydropower and Sediments – Latest Research Results”, which will be chaired by Alexander Gratzer from the Verein für Ökologie und Umweltforschung (Ecology and Environmental Research Association).
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