Friday, October 10, 2008

Denmark's Offshore Wind Farm

Oregon, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Delaware all have offshore wind farms in various stages of development; although, none have been completed yet. The US market, one of the largest in the world, seems to be smelling the coffee a lot of the world has already been perking.

Denmark may be a very small country; but, it has already begun to drink it's coffee. This small country has already taken giant steps along the journey away from fossil fuels towards greener energy sources. They are planning to add another offshore wind farm to the already successful Rødsand I project.

E.ON Climate and Renewables and Siemens have signed an agreement to develop the new project. When this project is completed, it will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

The Rødsand II project will consist of 90 turbines for a total capacity of 207 MW. The €275 million ($373 million) project is expected to be completed by 2010, and is estimated to save 700,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.

“With roughly 1,800 MW of offshore wind power capacity either installed or on order, Siemens is the number one supplier of offshore wind turbines”, said René Umlauft, CEO of the Siemens Renewable Energy Division “With our proven wind turbine technology we make offshore wind power happen today. Together with E.ON we are looking forward to realizing this major Danish offshore project”, added Umlauft.

Cord Landsmann, CFO of E.ON Climate & Renewables said “We are building on the offshore experience of Rødsand I, it is a successful model which we will replicate in the construction of Rødsand II. We are fortunate to have great engineers and great technology to get the job done”.

In addition to the Rødsand II project, E.ON and Siemens have signed an agreement for the purchase of 500 wind turbines, with a total combined capacity of 1,150 MW to be installed at unspecified onshore locations in both the United States and Europe by 2011.

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