Wind energy – turbines
German-based EnBW plans to build its He Dreiht offshore wind farm with the latest generation of wind turbines from Vestas with 15MW per turbine.
Throwback to ten years ago, EnBW brought into operation Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm – Baltic 1. During the time, the installed capacity of each wind turbine was 2.3MW, with a total output of 48.3MW. Since then, turbine performance has improved more than sixfold in the space of a decade.
With the Vestas turbines for He Dreiht at 15MW, the wind farm’s total output is expected to reach at least 900MW.
“Offshore wind power is not only technically challenging. We have to go into the auctions with wind turbines that are not yet on the market at the time of the planning stage. There is no crystal ball here: the only answer is sound technical forecasting and knowledge of the market. And we made the right choices as project developers, as the outcome shows. We are going to use the most advanced and cost-efficient turbine technology,” says Dr. Georg Stamatelopoulos, COO Generation at EnBW.
The He Dreiht wind farm will be located in the North Sea. It is among the biggest planned offshore wind power projects in Europe and is scheduled to go into operation in 2025.