When it comes to offshore wind farms in the North Sea, bigger is certainly better! RWE Innogy, a German-based company, recently acquired the rights to a 960 Megawatt offshore wind project from ENOVA Energieanlagen GmbH, a subsidiary of the ENOVA Group. The offshore wind farm, named Innogy Nordsee 1, is anticipated to run just under 4,000 full-load hours and with the ability to supply over 3 TWh (Terawatt-hours) of electricity per year! Consisting of up to 250 wind turbines planned, each with a capacity of 5 to 6 Megawatts, this will be Germany’s largest offshore wind farm.
This gigantic offshore wind farm will span an area of around 56 square-miles at a location just 25 miles north of the North Sea island of Juist. RWE Innogy and Enova are investing approximately €2.8 billion into the project. Pending approval, its initial preparations will start in 2010 and its first wind turbines could start running as early as 2011. The project expected to be completed by 2015.
RWE’s construction of Innogy Nordsee 1 marks an important step towards achieving the climate and protection targets set by Germany and EU. According to the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, the wind farm alone will avoid approximately 2.6 million tones of CO2 annually—a pretty nice number for a country who has pledged a key role in reducing emissions for the EU. RWE has other ambitious wind farm projects planned for countries such as Poland and Wales, and with competitors from neighboring countries, it doesn’t seem like RWE has any plans to slow down anytime soon.
RWE states: Some 1000 MW of wind power on the high seas – that is the largest single project RWE has undertaken so far in the area of renewables. Even in these times of economic crisis, RWE Innogy is consciously stepping up its investment pace.”
Left: Wind Farm at North Hoyle. Right: Construction of the Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm