Alpha Ventus: Germany’s First Offshore Wind Park Completed

Germany’s first offshore wind park, alpha ventus, is complete: This morning at 07.13 hrs Deutsche Offshore- Testfeld und Infrastruktur GmbH (DOTI), a consortium of EWE, E.ON and Vattenfall, has successfully built its twelfth and last wind turbine in Germany’s North Sea, 45 kilometres north of Borkum island. 

The time required to complete all twelve turbines was just under seven months.  Alpha ventus is the world’s first offshore wind park to employ a dozen 5 megawatt class wind turbines.  Six turbines are already being test run, and have so far supplied around 13 million kilowatt-hours of environment-friendly offshore wind power to the German grid.  In the coming weeks the additional six wind turbines will gradually come online.

The investment by EWE, E.ON and Vattenfall for this pioneer project is reported to amount to EUR 250 million.  At full operation the amount of future energy produced annually by alpha ventus will meet the consumption requirements of 50,000 households.

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