WIND ENERGY LEADER
DONG Energy has cemented its position as the world’s leading wind energy company. They did that by commissioning two offshore windfarms in the German North Sea. The two windfarms have a combined generating capacity of 582 megawatts (MW).
The official inauguration was held at the premises of the Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin. The Gode Wind 1 (330 MW) and Gode Wind 2 (252 MW) offshore windfarms are located 45 kilometres off the German coast. With 97 Siemens turbines, the windfarms can generate enough power to supply roughly 600,000 households.
“Through technological progress, system services and efficiency, the offshore wind industry has become a driver in the energy industry. It focuses on strengthening competitiveness in export, innovation and digitisation,” commented Uwe Beckmeyer, German Parliamentary State Secretary. “A strong home market is a crucial factor in this regard.”
Samuel Leupold, member of DONG Energy’s Executive Committee and chief executive officer of Wind Power, added: “The wind turbines at Gode Wind 1 and 2 are already generating clean power off the coast of Norddeich. Our next German offshore windfarm, Borkum Riffgrund 2, is well under way. These large-scale projects are testament that offshore wind has become a reliable, predictable and cost-effective technology. Technology which will contribute significantly to Germany’s energy transition.”
The German government has a target to reach a total capacity of 6.5 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power by 2020.
Earlier this year, the wind energy sector reached a milestone when a number of proposed German offshore projects became the first windfarms in the world to be built without government financial aid. Three of the four projects accepted in Germany’s latest wind power auction will not seek any aid and will be constructed by DONG and EnBW.
Source: Industrial Info Resources – 3 July 2017