Offshore wind farms: powerful installations in the open sea
Currently, most wind-generated electricity is still produced onshore, but more and more powerful offshore wind farms (wind turbines in the open sea) are going online. They are more accepted by the public and the wind yield is higher, since winds are stronger and more consistent in the open sea.
innogy has been operating offshore wind turbines since 2004. By planning, constructing and operating these wind farms, we were able to gain a wealth of experience in the fledgling offshore sector at a very early stage. Today, innogy is among the leading offshore wind farm operators in Europe.
Together with our partners, we operate wind farms off the UK, German and Belgian coasts.
Today, wind farm availability exceeds 93 per cent. Increasingly efficient wind turbines and maintenance concepts enable growing electricity yields.
Wind turbine capacity has grown from 2 MW to more than 6 MW. This has resulted in higher energy yields and lower specific costs.
The total capacity of wind farms has increased. This applies to innogy too: North Hoyle wind farm, commissioned in 2003, has 30 turbines with a total capacity of 60 MW.Gwynt y Môr wind farm has 160 wind turbines with a total capacity of 576 MW.
More and more new offshore wind farms are being built in the open sea: North Hoyle is located approximately nine kilometres off the coast where the water is up to eleven metres deep. Nordsee Ost wind farm is located approximately 45 kilometres off Heligoland, Germany's only island in the high seas, in water that is up to 26 metres deep.
Numerous new roles have been created in the offshore wind farm sector: we have specialists for all relevant technical components of offshore wind farms on board as well as for the building ground, calculation of wind yield or logistics. We have also built up our expertise in the legal and commercial side of the business, for example in financing and risk management.
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