Germany’s first offshore wind farm, Alpha Ventus, was commissioned Tuesday at a ceremony in Norddeich. Participating in the ceremony were Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen and the heads of Vattenfall Europe, EWE, and E.ON.
Alpha Ventus, the first German offshore wind farm, is a pilot project 45 kilometres off the coast of the island of Borkum. It was constructed by a consortium of EWE, E.ON and Vattenfall Europe, who together have invested 250 million Euros to bring this project to its successful completion.
At commissioning ceremony Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen said that Germany’s goal is an installed offshore capacity of 25,000 MW by the year 2030.
“Alpha Ventus is the beginning, the pioneering work which has truly opened the door for us into the age of renewable energies. Investors, turbine manufacturers and grid operators have all taken a great risk with this test field. Their steadfast commitment, perseverance and creativity have paid off: The experience gained during the construction of Alpha Ventus will benefit all future offshore wind farms,” he added.
Tuomo Hatakka, head of Vattenfall Central Europe, emphasised that the commissioning marks a great day for offshore wind power in Germany and that the three companies together have exhibited an excellent team spirit.
“With Alpha Ventus we have proven that the use of offshore wind power is viable, even in the harsh natural conditions in Germany. Vattenfall is already a global leader in the field of offshore wind industry today. Power generation from wind is an essential building block of Vattenfall’s strategy to make our electricity generation carbon neutral by 2050.”
A total of twelve, 5 megawatt-class wind power turbines have been erected in the Alpha Ventus test field. In addition, two types of steel foundations were used to support the wind power turbines. This is the first time such turbines have been erected and operated offshore in waters 30 metres deep.
Alpha Ventus also serves as a test field for research projects concerned with nature conservation, aided by the Federal Ministry for the Environment. The wind farm will provide knowledge as regards the utilisation and the further development of offshore wind power.
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