Germany's first offshore wind project has been commissioned. alpha ventus, a 60 MW offshore wind farm located off the coast of the island of Borkum, Germany, utilizes REpower 5 MW wind turbines.
‘Our goal is an installed offshore capacity of 25,000 MW by the year 2030,’ says Norbert Rottgen, Germany's federal environment minister. ‘alpha ventus is the beginning – pioneering work that has truly opened the door for us into the age of renewable energies.’
A consortium consisting of EWE, E.ON and Vattenfall Europe, which have invested 250 million euros to bring this project to its successful completion, constructed the project.
alpha ventus also serves as a test field for nature conservation research projects, which are aided by the federal ministry for the environment. Additionally, the wind farm will provide invaluable knowledge regarding the utilization and the further development of offshore wind power.
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