Wind Energy – Sofia Wind Farm
The offshore construction of the Sofia wind farm, RWE’s largest renewable project to date, in the British North Sea has officially begun.
Laying the first two sections of export cable caps 13 years of planning, preparation, and diligence, as well as a huge amount of support from suppliers and stakeholders alike.
With its 100 turbines and its installed capacity of 1.4 gigawatts, Sofia will be one of the single largest offshore wind farms in the world.
At the same time, RWE is also pioneering recyclable blades. The innovative resin used in these blades solves former difficulties with recycling. Its chemical structure can be separated from the other materials used in the blade.
This allows the blades to be reused in new casting applications, for example, in the automotive industry, or in consumer goods like suitcases and flatscreen casings. Plus: 50% of the blades are produced in the UK.
To kick off construction at sea, two sections of high voltage direct current export cable will be laid in parallel to transport the green power over 220 km from the wind farm to the coast and into the distribution network.
Building a project this big and so far from shore shows how our track record of about 20 years in offshore wind enables us to deliver cost-effective offshore wind energy.
Sofia is expected to be operational by the end of 2026.