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Germany is now making major advances in offshore wind

10th March 2015
Siobhan O'Gorman

Germany is now making major advances in offshore wind. February saw the offshore windpark Borkum Riffgrund 1 feed electricity into the grid for the first time. Once complete, the 312MW project will consist of 78 turbines. February also saw the first turbines installed at the 288MW Amrumbank West site and the start of operations at Europe’s first purely communal offshore windpark, Trianel Windpark Borkum. The first 24 turbines at the Butendiek offshore windpark have started delivering power while engineers working on EnBW Baltic 2 celebrated reaching the half-way mark when the fortieth of 80 turbines was completed in January.

Historically strong in the onshore sector, Germany is now making major advances in offshore wind. More than 90% of offshore generation capacity is installed off the coastlines of northern Europe, with the North and Baltic Seas surrounding Germany making a large contribution. 

At EWEA Offshore 2015, which takes place on 11th March 2015 in Copenhagen, GTAI will be holding a workshop titled ‘Setting up business in Germany - offshore market outlook, networks & public support’.

Esther Frey, Wind Energy Market Expert,GTAI, said: “The German offshore wind market is really taking off. We expect 3GW of offshore capacity to be feeding in to the grid by the end of 2015. This continues the positive trend from last year when more than 5GW of new on- and offshore capacity started delivering clean power to the grid.”

GTAI has produced a short documentary covering solar and wind power, energy storage, grid stability, energy efficiency and current pilot projects. The film features leading voices from science, industry and politics. Click here to watch the documentary. 

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