Think of it as the Autobahn of wind power.
Critics of renewable energy often point out that the best place for wind farms is often the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, the middle of nowhere is so-called because no one chooses to live there. And even more unfortunately, its the places where people live that are most in need of energy produced by wind farms.
Transmission and connectivity, it seems, are key road blocks to clean energy adaptation.
To retain their position as leaders in the clean energy race, Germany, a nation that produces more wind power than in any other European country, is planning an energy superhighway. The wind power corridor will run the length of the country from north to south, and will serve to connect Germany’s growing wind energy supply with high energy demand regions.
“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,” stated Anne Brautigam, wind energy expert at Germany Trade & Invest in Berlin.
Germany is banking heavily on offshore wind for its future energy supply, and over half of Europe’s approved offshore projects are planned for Germany’s coastlines. With the goal of 25 GW of electricity from offshore installations by 2030, wind could eventually replace 20 European 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 year.
Article by Beth Buczynski, appearing courtesy Crisp Green.