In Depth: Germany races to plug the offshore wind gap

Bart de Poorter pauses for a second when asked for his take on the messy emergence of Germany’s offshore wind sector. “It’s all seemed rather un-German, hasn’t it?” he says.

De Poorter, deputy director at Belgium’s GeoSea, which is working at Trianel’s Borkum West 2 project, speaks for many in expressing his surprise at the combustible state of Germany’s offshore sector. It was sparked in large part by a letter sent to the government last November by TenneT, the transmission system operator (TSO) for the North Sea.

Until then, many people in Europe had looked to the German model with envy. Unlike the UK, where wind farms are being linked to shore individually — an inefficient system, claim Log in to read complete article.

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