Dignitaries from Germany and Sweden gathered today to mark the official opening of the DanTysk offshore wind farm. Located 70 kilometres west of Sylt Island, DanTysk is the first infrastructure project jointly implemented by Vattenfall and SWM as part of the energy transition in Germany.
Vattenfall holds a 51% stake in DanTysk Offshore GmbH, which is responsible for construction and operation, while SWM holds 49%. The site comprises a total of 80 Siemens wind turbines in the 3.6 megawatt (MW) class with a total installed capacity of 288 MW. The capital investment is more than EUR 1 billion. DanTysk will generate climate-neutral power equivalent to the annual consumption of more than 400,000 average households. Offshore construction started in February 2013.
Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München (SWM) are continuing their established partnership in the construction of offshore wind farms in the German North Sea. In August 2014 the responsible committees of the two companies gave the green light for the construction of the Sandbank offshore wind farm, which will also have a capacity of 288 MW and will be built near DanTysk in the summer of 2015. The capital investment for Sandbank is roughly EUR 1.2 billion.
Despite the problems between the two countries concerning Vattenfall’s sale of dirty coal generating plants in the eastern part of Germany, officials for both Sweden and Germany were proud of the positive impact that the DanTysk offshore wind farm represents to their efforts of moving toward greater renewable energy generation.
Sigmar Gabriel, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs: “Last year we created the necessary investment security with EEC 2014, which led to a real breakthrough in the development of offshore wind power. By 2030 there should be 15 gigawatts of installed capacity, amounting to a capital investment of several billion Euros in wind farms and infrastructure, with high added value for Germany. Together with the DanTysk wind farm, by the end of this year Germany will generate green power from more than 3,000 megawatts of installed offshore capacity. That is a real boost for the energy transition.”
Mikael Damberg, Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation:” The investments in DanTysk and Sandbank reflect Vattenfall’s continuing move towards a greater emphasis on renewables. This is in line with the Swedish Government’s high ambitions in sustainable business, not least for Vattenfall, which should be a leader in the transition to an environmentally sustainable energy system.”
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.