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EnBW commissions 288MW Baltic 2 offshore wind farm in Germany

CTBR Staff Writer Published 22 September 2015

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg has commissioned its 288MW Baltic 2 offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, Germany.

Baltic 2 offshore wind farm

The move is in line with the company's EnBW 2020 strategy, which is aimed at doubling the share of power generated from renewable energy to over 40% in 2020.

EnBW CEO Frank Mastiaux said: "We want to expand renewable energies to make them one of the main pillars of our business. The commissioning of EnBW Baltic 2 is another milestone in the implementation of our EnBW 2020 strategy.

"And is further evidence that the remodeling of the energy supply system towards decentralization and renewable energies is irreversible, not only in Germany but also around the world."

Baltic 2, the company's second offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, employs 80 Siemens SWT-3.6-120 wind turbines.

The turbines have been erected on different foundations such as monopiles and three-legged jackets, depending on the depth of water.

EnBW use monopiles for water depths of up to 35m , while three-legged jackets have been used for depths of over 35m.

The wind farm is expected to generate close to 1.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity that will be enough to power close to 340,000 households annually, while reducing 900,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

The electricity from the individual wind turbines is transmitted to the substation where it is transformed to a higher voltage and transported to the mainland to be fed into the integrated German electricity network, the company said.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Minister President Erwin Sellering said: "The expansion of onshore wind energy is crucially important for the major national challenge of the German Energiewende because wind turbines at sea are almost capable of delivering baseload power and continue to generate electricity when the wind conditions everywhere else are calm.

"The commissioning of Baltic 2, the second wind farm off the German Baltic Sea coast, is therefore a very important event for us in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and for Germany as a whole."

In April this year, EnBW exported first power from the Baltic 2 offshore wind farm.

Image: Baltic 2, the company's second offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, employs 80 Siemens SWT-3.6-120 wind turbines. Photo: courtesy of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG.