Expect 1,500 MW from Offshore Wind Energy in Germany

According to the CEO at REpower Systems AG, Professor Fritz Vahrenholt, it is realistic to expect offshore wind farms with an output of 1,500 megawatts (MW) in Germany by the end of 2011.

During the National Maritime Conference in Hamburg, Vahrenholt welcomed Germany’s resolution to adjust the infrastructure law so that grid-connection costs are borne by the grid operators. Vahrenholt also announced a short-term decision on Bremerhaven as the site for the serial production of the offshore turbine REpower 5M, to start as early as 2007. The dimensions of the 5M, whose nacelle has the measurements of a single family home and weighs approximately 290 tons, place particular demands on the size and infrastructure of the production site. The first 5M was thus manufactured at HDW shipyard in Kiel and four subsequent 5Ms were produced at the J. Kramer shipyard in Bremerhaven. All other REpower Systems AG wind turbines are manufactured in Husum and Trampe/Brandenburg.

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