The first German offshore wind farm was inaugurated on Monday (May 2) in the Baltic Sea. Angela Merkel pressed the button to launch the 21 Siemens wind turbines in the Baltic 1 wind farm. The wind farm, located in front of German Baltic Sea coast, has 21 wind turbines as tall as the towers of the Gothic cathedral of Cologne: 157 meters.
Baltic 1, as it is called the first German commercial wind farm is built to power 50,000 homes. The owner and builder is the consortium Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW), based in the Land of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
This production platform in the wind energy generated was inaugurated on May 2 by the same German Chancellor Angela Merkel and is anchored in the sea about 16 kilometers from the coast. From the town of Zingst in Darß peninsula, you can see the blades of 21 turbines. Each production will reach nearly 50 megawatts and together produce enough electricity for 50,000 homes a year, they said those responsible.
Hans-Peter Villis, chairman of EnBW, announced the construction of a second park in the Baltic, this time from 80 turbines and about 32 kilometers from the island of Rügen. A platform according to their calculations, will be operational in 2013. Villis Costs for both wind farms on about 1,200 million euros and urged Merkel to support energy companies so they can keep their investments in Germany.
For its part, the chancellor reiterated his commitment to abandon nuclear energy as soon as possible but stressed that Germany, Europe’s leading economic power, not yet ready to maintain industrial production only with the help of renewable energy sources. Therefore, he insisted that required “realistic goals.”
At the opening ceremony attended Sellering Erwin, head of government of the Land in which it is a new wind farm, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, northeast of the country. In early April opened another in the North Sea, northwest Germany. Sellering highlighted the national and international significance of the Baltic 1 wind farm, “This is a clear sign of the shift of energy policy in Germany. The bulk power generation at sea must meet the huge demand for an industrialized country like Germany. ”
Transport and supply of electricity is however a large national challenge. In Germany will have to build thousands of kilometers from north to south cable to carry power to the Alps. At least, this is the role in the future. “The German is on the brink of their capabilities,” recalls Sellering.
Germany has started as a “new era” in which some lessons were learned for new projects, recognizes Stefan Thiele, EnBW spokesman for renewable energy. Thiele refers to the construction of the next wind farm to be four times larger than Baltic 1.
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The line of funding which will be structured through a special program for Reconstruction Bank (KfW) state, shall be operational “soon”, said the head of the German Government. “The State is prepared to assist in the reform of electricity supply,” said Merkel, referring to the process by which Germany intends to disconnect their power plants and replacing their energy production with renewable energy. The chancellor was speaking at the official opening of the German wind farm “Baltic 1”.
In this context, Merkel urged the southern U.S. states that can easily increase their share of wind power in its electricity production without affecting the scenic value and tourism in the region. After the catastrophe of the Fukushima nuclear plant, the German government decided to abandon nuclear energy and closing the country’s 17 nuclear power plants, although it has not yet issued a roadmap for how you will carry out this process.
The nuclear blackout also implies the development of renewable energy in the country, as at present nuclear power provides 21 percent of Germany’s electricity needs.