AWEA Windpower 2011
BERLIN AND ANAHEIM, CA, May 19 /CNW/ - Germany is planning an energy
superhighway from north to south to connect its growing wind energy
supply with high energy demand regions. Both onshore and offshore wind
energy is so far generated primarily in northern Germany, whereas
energy consumption is highest in southern and western regions. Today,
more wind power is produced in Germany than in any other European
country. And over half of Europe's approved offshore projects are
planned for Germany's coastlines. Germany Trade & Invest will be at
AWEA Windpower 2011 in Anaheim, California, to share the latest
opportunities in Germany's wind energy sector.
"Germany's ambitious energy plans call for the extensive expansion of
wind energy, especially the offshore segment. Plans to revolutionize
the country's energy grid and provide attractive loans for offshore
parks clear the way for further investments in the sector. For
manufacturers, suppliers and researchers, it is an excellent time to
invest in Germany," states Anne Brautigam, wind energy expert at
Germany Trade & Invest in Berlin.
Germany is focusing heavily on offshore wind for its future energy
supply. With the goal of 25 GW of electricity from offshore
installations by 2030, wind could replace 20 nuclear power stations.
This year Germany's KfW Banking Group is expected to initiate a special
program for offshore wind, making EUR 5 billion credit available for
the construction of Germany's first ten offshore parks.
Germany's first wind farm in the Baltic Sea went online on May 2. The
48.3 megawatt (MW) park - Baltic 1 - will generate up to 185 gigawatt
hours of electricity annually - enough to power 50,000 homes. It joins
North Sea wind farm alpha ventus (60 MW), which began operating last
Currently BARD Offshore 1 (400 MW) is under construction in the North
Sea and large-scale wind farms are in development in both seas, with
supplier and service contracts currently being awarded. These include
Baltic 2, Dan Tysk (each 288 MW), Nordsee Ost (295 MW) and Amrumbank
West (300 MW).
Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment agency
of the Federal Republic of Germany. The organization advises foreign
companies looking to expand their business activities in the German
It provides information on foreign trade to German companies that seek
to enter foreign markets.
SOURCE Germany Trade and Invest
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