Swedish wind developer Vattenfall says it is planning to build an offshore wind farm off the German island of Sylt in the North Sea.
The project, which is initially planned to be 576 MW but has the potential to be expanded, could potentially provide over a half a million German households with electricity, the company says.
Vattenfall recently purchased the license for the new wind farm from Germany-based Sandbank Power GmbH & Co. Permits are currently in place for 96 wind turbines, which will deliver a total output of 576 MW. The purchase includes the opportunity to expand the project with 40 more turbines.
The project site is located 90 km west of the German island of Sylt in the vicinity of Vattenfall's DanTysk wind farm, which it co-owns with Munich's municipal power utility.
Construction on the new project, called Sandbank 24, will commence when DanTysk is completed in early 2014.