First German Off-shore Wind Farm Commissioned

Alpha Ventus, Germany’s first off-shore wind farm, was officially commissioned today. Participating in the ceremony were Federal Environment Minister Dr. Norbert Röttgen and the CEOs of the construction consortium’s member companies, Dr. Werner Brinker of EWE, Dr. Wulf Bernotat of E.ON and Tuomo Hatakka of Vattenfall Europe.

Alpha Ventus is a pilot project in the North Sea, 45 kilometres off the coast of the island of Borkum. It comprises twelve 5MW wind turbines, half of which were supplied by Areva Multibrid, while the other half were produced by Repower. At full operation the amount of energy produced annually shall meet the consumption requirements of 50,000 households. Construction costs are said to amount to EUR 250 million.

On the occasion of the official commissioning of Alpha Ventus, Federal Environment Minister Dr. Norbert Röttgen said: “The use of wind power will play a key role in the energy mix of the future. Offshore wind farms are a decisive factor. Our goal is an installed offshore capacity of 25,000 MW by the year 2030.

According to the newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, industry experts criticize a possible extension of the life-span of German nuclear power plants, warning that Alpha Ventus might remain a one time project, as operating the nuclear power stations was more lucrative than cost-intensive off-shore wind farms.

Source: Alpha Ventus, Frankfurter Rundschau

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