Germany Gets 288 MW Offshore Wind Farm

Vattenfall, which plugged in the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the waters off the United Kingdom last month, is at it again. The company announced an investment “estimated to be more than one billion Euros” ($1.38 billion) in the DanTysk project, 40 miles west of the German island of Sylt in the North Sea. Vattenfall will build and operate the wind farm and have 51 percent ownership, with Stadtwerke München controlling 49 percent.

DanTysk isn’t quite as big as the 300-megawatt (MW) Thanet wind farm off the UK coast, but it’s not far behind at 288 MW. The company said it will supply enough electricity to power 500,000 homes, based on an average electricity consumption of 2,500 kilowatt hours (kWh) per home. Construction on the fully approved project, consisting of 80 turbines in water up to 100 feet deep, will begin in 2012 and is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2014.

image via Vattenfall

The project is another sign of Germany’s full-on embrace of wind, and offshore wind in particular. The country claimed one-sixth of the world’s wind-energy production— 25,777 MW and 38 billion kWh — at the end of last year, and just last month announced the completion of Baltic 1, a 21-turbine wind farm in the Baltic Sea.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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