Germany enters offshore wind age as Baltic 1 comes online

Erection of the first Siemens direct drive test wind turbine near the city of in Denmark in July 2008. Siemens Energy will test two 3.6-megawatt (MW) wind turbines with direct drive (DD) technology for a minimum of two years. The purpose of this project is to assess whether direct drive technology is competitive with geared machines for large turbines. Wind power business is one of the major contributors to the Siemens environmental portfolio. In fiscal 2007, the company generated revenue totaling some EUR17 billion from products and solutions for environmental and climate protection.Errichtung der ersten Test-Windenergieanlage von Siemens mit getriebeloser Antriebstechnik nahe der Stadt Ringkøbing in West-Dänemark im Juli 2008. Siemens Energy wird zwei getriebelose Windenergieanlagen mit einer Leistung von jeweils 3,6 Megawatt (MW) über einen Zeitraum von mindestens zwei Jahren testen. Mit diesem Technologieprojekt will Siemens prüfen, ob und ab welcher Leistungsklasse getriebelose Windenergieanlagen wettbewerbsfähig zu Anlagen sind, die mit einem Getriebe ausgestattet sind. Windenergie ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil des Siemens-Umweltportfolios, mit dem der Konzern im Geschäftsjahr 2007 einen Umsatz von 17 Milliarden EUR erzielte.

Baltic 1 uses 21, 2.3MW turbines from Siemens

Germany accelerates towards its offshore wind future today when utility EnBW begins production at its 48.3MW Baltic 1 project.

The utility used the symbolism of the country’s first Baltic offshore wind farm beginning operations to call for greater incentives for future developments.

“We should discuss whether the planned level of the renewable energy tariffs is sufficient,” Hans-Peter Villis, EnBW’s chief executive was quoted by Reuters telling guests including chancellor Angela Merkel in the northern German town of Zingst.

“I hope the aid system and its schedule for offshore wind parks is adjusted as part of the new version of the renewable energy law so that offshore wind remains financeable.”

The 21-turbine Baltic 1 farm, 16km from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern coastline in the Baltic Sea, can provide power for up to 50,000 homes, says EnBW . It uses 2.3MW turbines from Siemens.

Lessons learned during the three-year project will be applied to EnBW’s 80-turbine Baltic 2 project, which is scheduled to enter its construction phase next year, adds Villis.

Offshore wind is emerging as the cornerstone of Germany’s move towards a clean-energy economy as the country faces up to a faster than expected move away from nuclear power following the Fukushima crisis in Japan.

The industry is calling for increased support for offshore generation as part of plans to accelerate the shift.

EnBW itself recently said it will double its renewable generation capacity to about 6GW by the end of the decade as part of the country’s clean-energy revolution.

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