16 05, 2023

Ostwind 3: Public participation starts for the sea route and the offshore transformer substation in the section of the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

By |May 16th, 2023|AUTHORS, GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

Now that the planning approval documents have been checked for completeness, public participation for the approximately 24-kilometre-long section in the EEZ is starting. The authority conducting the procedure - the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) - will accept comments from public bodies from 15 May to 28 June. The application documents will be published [...]

10 05, 2023

50Hertz and Estonian transmission system operator Elering to build submarine cable between Estonia and Germany

By |May 10th, 2023|GERMANY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS, TOP NEWS|

Against the current background of the war in Ukraine, Germany and the three Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania want to strengthen their energy sovereignty and cooperate more closely. While attending the Baltic Offshore Wind Forum at the German Federal Foreign Ministry in Berlin today, the German Transmission System Operator (TSO) 50Hertz and its counterparts [...]

9 05, 2023

Transmission system operators from the Baltic Sea region strengthen cooperation for more energy sovereignty and climate protection

By |May 9th, 2023|DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, GERMANY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, POLAND, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

CEOs and other executives from the Transmission System Operators (TSOs) of the Baltic Sea countries met in Berlin to further intensify cooperation. The meeting was attended by AST (Latvia), Elering (Estonia), Energinet (Denmark), Fingrid (Finland), Litgrid (Lithuania), PSE (Poland), Statnett (Norway) and Svenska Kraftnät (Sweden). The companies' managers gave a positive assessment of how the [...]

26 04, 2023

Iberdrola successfully installed the first foundation for offshore wind farm ‘Baltic Eagle’

By |April 26th, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

Iberdrola has successfully placed the first foundation for the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm into the seabed during the past weekend. Following the impressive installation of the offshore substation platform (OSS) in February 2023, the company is now entering the core stage of the Baltic Eagle construction phase. THE CONSTRUCTION PHASE PROCEEDS AS SCHEDULED Currently, [...]

6 04, 2023

Application documents submitted for third and final section of Ostwind 3

By |April 6th, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

The application for planning approval for the onshore route and the substation, including the overhead line connection, was submitted to the permitting authority, the Ministry for Economics, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labour of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (WM M-V) on time on 31 March 2023. Among other things, the documents define the exact course of the onshore route [...]

6 04, 2023

First “Green Loan” worth 600 million euros to co-finance an offshore grid connection in the Baltic Sea

By |April 6th, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

Eurogrid GmbH, the parent company of 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, has concluded a syndicated contract for an amortisation loan of 600 million euros with a term of ten years with seven banks. The funds for this first "Green Loan" are provided by the banks and refinanced under KfW's "Climate Protection Programme for Companies". They will be [...]

31 03, 2023

20. WINDFORCE Conference: Ramp up cross-industrial supply chains

By |March 31st, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

2023 is a decisive year for the offshore wind industry in Germany and across Europe. More than twice the amount of offshore wind power already installed has been put out to tender this year. According to the realisation agreement of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK), 50 gigawatts are to be connected [...]

28 03, 2023

Cooperation agreement to pave the way for hydrogen pipeline between Denmark and Germany

By |March 28th, 2023|DENMARK, GERMANY, OFFSHORE, TECHNOLOGY|

Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities Lars Aagaard and Germany's Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate, Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck, on 24th of March signed an agreement to work together to enable a land-based hydrogen pipeline from Denmark to Germany. From 2028, it will be possible to transport hydrogen across the Danish-German border in a [...]

22 03, 2023

ZDS: Port expansion needed for wind power development in Germany

By |March 22nd, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

The Association of German Seaport Operators (ZDS) notes the key role of ports in the expansion of wind power. With the German federal government's climate protection and sustainability goals in mind, it is calling for a more robust expansion of the necessary infrastructure at seaports. Angela Titzrath, chairman of the Association of German Seaport Operators [...]

16 03, 2023

Study: RWE and DNV to validate implications of long-distance “wake effects” from large offshore wind clusters

By |March 16th, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

RWE and DNV have now agreed on a scope to conduct a large study assessing the impact of far wakes in offshore wind. The scope of the study asks DNV to validate the effects that RWE experts have identified. RWE models predict that large clusters of offshore wind farms could have far-reaching wind-shadowing effects, impacting [...]

14 03, 2023

Windar Renovables delivers first transition pieces to Iberdrola’s second offshore wind farm in Germany

By |March 14th, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

This weekend, the ship began the first loading of the transition pieces manufactured by Windar Renovables at its facilities in Avilés for the Baltic Eagle wind farm (476MW), the second offshore wind project developed by Iberdrola in German waters. The ship will load in this first shipment 10 of the 50 pieces that will be [...]

10 03, 2023

Grid connection OST-6-1: Early public participation enters next phase

By |March 10th, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

In late February, 50Hertz presented the approval strategy and technical planning for the coastal water subsection of the OST-6-1 grid connection. The key points of the digital initial consultation included: the course of the seaside route, which for the most part runs parallel to the planned Hansa PowerBridge; the landing points in the municipality of [...]

3 03, 2023

Industry association WAB e.V. expects high value creation potential for the North – if business models for green hydrogen can be created

By |March 3rd, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

Study on hydrogen value creation potential from offshore wind energy in the North Industry association WAB e.V. expects high value creation potential for the North - if business models for green hydrogen can be created Bremerhaven, Germany, March 2023. The industry association for offshore wind and green hydrogen, WAB e.V., presented the study "Value creation potentials of [...]

2 03, 2023

German offshore wind farms must be secured against acts of espionage and sabotage

By |March 2nd, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

A Russian ship wanted to spy on Dutch wind farms: What is the security situation at German offshore wind farms and what protective measures must be taken now to protect critical infrastructure from Russian espionage and sabotage? BWO Managing Director Stephen Thimm comments: "Offshore wind energy is part of the critical infrastructure of the Federal [...]

1 03, 2023

Installation of Baltic Eagle’s offshore substation successfully completed

By |March 1st, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

Berlin, 23 February 2023. Baltic Eagle´s offshore substation topside (OSS) has been successfully installed. The operation was executed by Heerema Marine Contractors using the Thialf installation vessel. The jacket foundation had been placed on site in October 2022. The role of the OSS is to collect the electricity generated by the wind turbines and transform [...]

20 02, 2023

EnBW and Equinor to jointly pursue German offshore wind opportunities in 2023

By |February 20th, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

EnBW and Equinor announced on Friday their interest in developing offshore wind in Germany together “In a tough international field, we are delighted to be working together with a strong partner like Equinor and combining the individual strengths of the two companies to develop German offshore wind. EnBW is among today’s leaders in offshore wind [...]

9 02, 2023

Offshore wind energy is not a sprint, but a marathon

By |February 9th, 2023|DENMARK, GERMANY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE, OPINIONS, POLAND|

Key challenges for offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea in 2023 were the topic of a webinar hosted by BalticWind.EU. Offshore industry experts from the Baltic countries of our region discussed what actions should be taken next year, summed up the last one and discussed key actions for the effective development of the industry. [...]

2 02, 2023

German Federal Network Agency launches tenders in order to achieve 30 GW offshore wind energy by 2030

By |February 2nd, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) put out to tender four areas in the North Sea and Baltic Sea with a total capacity of 7,000 MW for offshore wind turbines that have not been centrally pre-screened. "The tenders are an important step towards achieving the offshore expansion target of 30 GW by 2030," said Klaus Müller, [...]

20 01, 2023

Berlin mulls support scheme for industry with offshore wind electricity price as benchmark

By |January 20th, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

As the electricity prices are soaring fueled by war in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, German government is seeking ways to shield the competitiveness of its industry hit by rising costs. Berlin is reportedly working on a mechanism linking power prices for industrial customers to the cost of offshore wind farms. Although Berlin has introduced [...]

17 01, 2023

The Arcadis Ost 1 wind farm starts producing and delivering its first green power

By |January 17th, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

Sassnitz-Mukran, January 17th 2023 – The first Arcadis Ost 1 turbines have been successfully energized, and are now producing energy. Parkwind’s Arcadis Ost 1 is delivering power to the German grid since 12th of January 2023. Arcadis Ost 1 is a 257 MW wind farm developed by Parkwind, located in the German territorial waters of [...]

17 01, 2023

German offshore wind industry: Implementation of expansion targets for offshore wind energy – planning alone is not enough!

By |January 17th, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

Berlin, Bremerhaven, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Rostock, January 16, 2023 - Yesterday, the expansion figures for offshore wind energy 2022 were presented by the German offshore wind industry. According to the figures, 38 offshore wind turbines with a capacity of 342 MW were connected to the grid for the first time in the Kaskasi project last year. [...]

30 12, 2022

50Hertz awards platform contracts for grid connection of largest wind farm project in Baltic Sea

By |December 30th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

50Hertz and wind farm operator Skyborn Renewables (Skyborn) seek to jointly implement Gennaker, the currently largest offshore wind project in the German Baltic Sea. To accomplish this, essential preconditions were now established. 50Hertz has laid the foundations for the development of two substations by a Dutch-Belgian consortium and Skyborn has fulfilled the requirements for a [...]

19 12, 2022

Gas Transmission Operators and renewable energy developers to launch the Baltic Sea Hydrogen Collector (BHC) project

By |December 19th, 2022|DENMARK, FINLAND, GERMANY, OFFSHORE, SWEDEN|

Gasgrid Finland, Nordion Energi, OX2, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners are taking concrete steps to realise the European Hydrogen Backbone vision, developed by 31 gas infrastructure companies, in the Baltic Sea region. The companies have agreed to investigate the possibility to develop new large-scale offshore hydrogen pipeline infrastructure connecting Finland, Sweden, and Central Europe by 2030 [...]

9 12, 2022

Ground-breaking ceremony at Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven: Focus on offshore hydrogen production

By |December 9th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

Bremerhaven – Senator Dr. Claudia Schilling and Lord Mayor Melf Grantz performed the symbolic ground-breaking for the Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven (HLB). The HLB is being funded with a total of €16 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of Bremen and should be completed in 2023. Energy system of today and [...]

24 11, 2022

Fraunhofer IWES: Successful measuring campaign for 50Hertz in the Baltic Sea

By |November 24th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

Sassnitz, November 2022. The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES has successfully completed a boulder detection campaign off the coast of the island of Rügen in the German Baltic Sea on behalf of 50Hertz. In order to allow efficient planning of the grid operator’s new offshore platform seismic measuring techniques have been employed to [...]

21 11, 2022

Energy islands are the future of offshore wind energy

By |November 21st, 2022|DENMARK, GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

So far 30 GW offshore wind farms in Europe are nearly all connected to the energy system through subsea power cables that run to mother country. As WindEurope indicates in the not-too-distant future many of them will connect to new “energy islands” which will centralise the transmission of the energy they produce. Some of these [...]

18 11, 2022

WindEurope: EU countries’ offshore spatial plans will allow the generation of 220 GW of offshore wind power

By |November 18th, 2022|DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, GERMANY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE, POLAND, SWEDEN, TOP NEWS|

EU countries have earmarked around 52,000 km2 for wind energy development, as shown in WindEurope's analysis of offshore spatial plans. Such an area, if fully utilized, will allow the installation of 220 GW of wind power. Among the leaders are Belgium and Germany, which together want to allocate 15% of their territorial waters for wind [...]

11 11, 2022

Baltic Sea Transmission System Operators prepare to manage risks on electricity adequacy

By |November 11th, 2022|DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, GERMANY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, POLAND, REGULATORY, SWEDEN|

The leaders of the Baltic Sea electricity transmission system operators met in Helsinki on 2nd of November to discuss the energy crisis in Europe and the electricity adequacy of the region.  The transmission system operators of the Baltic Sea region actively cooperate and share information on the security and the electricity supply situation in the [...]

2 09, 2022

Bornholm Energy Island – an agreement between Denmark and Germany on implementation of project to supply up to 4.5 million homes with electricity

By |September 2nd, 2022|DENMARK, GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

Denmark and Germany have agreed to complete the planned Bornholm Energy Island, after Ministers Habeck and Jørgensen gave the green light for it to be annexed to their countries. Once established in 2030, the Energy Island will be the first of its kind that can supply 3.3 to 4.5 million [...]

31 08, 2022

The Marienborg Declaration: Baltic Sea Countries declare more cooperation in offshore wind

By |August 31st, 2022|DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, GERMANY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE, POLAND, REGULATORY, SWEDEN|

On 30 August 2022 the Heads of Governments and Energy Ministers of the 8 countries around the Baltic Sea signed the Marienborg Declaration. They committed to new volumes for the build-out of offshore wind in the Baltic Sea and agreed to cooperate more closely on it and on energy more [...]

11 08, 2022

German offshore wind energy – summary

By |August 11th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

The following text is published courtesy of the author Benjamin Wehrmann and the Clean Energy Wire website. Author: Benjamin Wehrmann, Clean Energy Wire Offshore wind power has been the last of several renewable power technologies rolled out at a large scale in Germany’s energy transition but has shown its ability [...]

15 07, 2022

WindEurope: Negative bidding in German offshore wind law threatens supply chain

By |July 15th, 2022|GERMANY, OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

The German Parliament has adopted a new Offshore Wind Law (WindSeeG). It makes important changes to the design of Germany’s offshore wind auctions. It established two different types of auctions, one of which involves negative bidding with no caps on the amounts developers bid. This is bad: uncapped negative bidding means additional costs for electricity [...]

11 07, 2022

Semco wins service contract for offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea

By |July 11th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

In 2022-2027, Semco Maritime will perform service assignments on the Arcadis Ost 1 project’s offshore substation, which Semco Maritime has been responsible for designing and implementing all electrical systems on during the construction phase. The project is expected to be commissioned in late 2023 and will contribute 257 MW of green energy to the European [...]

7 07, 2022

50Hertz: Starting shot for Ostwind 3 approval procedure

By |July 7th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, TOP NEWS|

The application documents for the section in the EEZ relate both to the construction and operation of the approximately 24-kilometre-long submarine cable and to 50Hertz’s own transformer platform at the Windanker wind farm. The planning approval authority – the BSH – is currently checking the documents for completeness.  […]

24 06, 2022

Arcadis Ost offshore substation installed

By |June 24th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

Parkwind, 50Hertz and Bladt Industries are thrilled to announce the successful installation of the Arcadis Ost offshore substation (OSS). The 2380 ton structure was installed by the Scaldis crane vessel Gulliver on its monopile foundation in the wind farm Arcadis Ost 1 located around 19 kilometres east of Rügen in Germany.    […]

21 06, 2022

OCEaN call for a strong EU Restoration Law

By |June 21st, 2022|GERMANY, OPINIONS|

NGOs, wind industry and Transmission System Operators (TSOs), working collaboratively in OCEaN, call for a strong EU Restoration Law with clear and quantifiable legally binding targets, as well as implementation and enforcement rules that enable ecologically-sound offshore wind and electricity deployment. […]

14 06, 2022

First monopile installed at Arcadis Ost 1

By |June 14th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

Parkwind and DEME Offshore announce the successful installation of the first Arcadis Ost 1 monopile foundation. This foundation will carry the windfarm’s substation. The 2,100tons, 9.5m diameter, 110m long monopile is one of the biggest ever installed and marks the first of 28 foundations to be installed over the coming weeks. With the installation of [...]

13 06, 2022

Siemens Gamesa: Green hydrogen will ensure Europe’s energy security

By |June 13th, 2022|DENMARK, GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

One of the leading component manufacturers in the offshore wind sector, Siemens Gamesa, has published a white paper entitled “Unlocking European Energy Security”. The authors of the publication argue that the development of the hydrogen economy will not be possible without rapid implementation of RES. Green hydrogen is the key to unlocking energy security in [...]

9 06, 2022

First monopile installed at Arcadis Ost 1

By |June 9th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, PROJECTS|

Parkwind and DEME Offshore announce the successful installation of the first Arcadis Ost 1 monopile foundation. This foundation will carry the windfarm’s substation. The 2,100tons, 9.5m diameter, 110m long monopile is one of the biggest ever installed and marks the first of 28 foundations to be installed over the coming weeks. […]

9 05, 2022

Seaports in Hamburg and Klaipeda establish cooperation

By |May 9th, 2022|GERMANY, LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE|

Germany’s largest seaport Hamburg and Lithuania’s seaport Klaipeda intend to cooperate more closely on developing and implementing joint projects and creating new logistics routes between Germany and Lithuania. In addition, Lithuania invites German companies to participate in the construction of an offshore wind farm near Klaipeda and to take advantage of the opportunities offered by [...]

9 05, 2022

wpd to sell offshore wind business to Global Infrastructure Partners

By |May 9th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

Global Infrastructure Partners, a leading independent infrastructure investor, and wpd, a leading project developer and independent renewables power producer (IRPP) for onshore wind, offshore wind and solar, are pleased to announce that they have signed definitive agreements for GIP to acquire 100% of wpd offshore GmbH, the offshore wind business of wpd. The transaction is [...]

19 04, 2022

New offshore wind research to help reach net zero energy goals

By |April 19th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), a collaboration between nine offshore wind developers, is launching 16 new research and development (R&D) projects this year. These span five key areas of logistics and operations and maintenance, cables, electrical systems, foundations, yield and performance. […]

1 04, 2022

OFFSHOREWIND4KIDS enters the educational journey for the youngest in Germany

By |April 1st, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

On March 23, 2022, William Beuckelaers, managing director of OffshoreWind4Kids, DNV, Northland Power Europe (NPE), the Competence Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CC4E) at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) and the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation signed an agreement in Hamburg on cooperation with OffshoreWind4Kids within [...]

14 03, 2022

Pomerania and Bremen are discussing the potential of regional cooperation in offshore wind

By |March 14th, 2022|GERMANY, OPINIONS, POLAND|

In March, a virtual meeting was held between representatives of the Pomeranian Platform for the Development of Offshore Wind Energy, the city of Bremen, and the German WAB cluster based in Bremerhaven. Participants agreed that development of offshore wind energy is a great opportunity for cooperation between Pomerania Region in [...]

8 03, 2022

Prof. Wolfgang Lukas: Business administration and management skills are increasingly coming to the fore

By |March 8th, 2022|GERMANY, OPINIONS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|

Offshore Wind Energy Centre was established at the Maritime University of Gdynia. Breakthrough management studies for offshore wind sector staff will be launched in Poland in March. The Polish university is carrying them out in cooperation with Hochschule Bremerhaven and Business Academy SouthWest – leaders of management and specialist programmes for the Offshore Wind Energy [...]

23 02, 2022

TÜV SÜD and Tractebel Doc join forces in offshore wind sector

By |February 23rd, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

TÜV SÜD and Tractebel DOC have signed an agreement announcing their intention to collaborate in the field of offshore wind energy towards a carbon-neutral future. The partnership will focus on joint project implementation and the development of new markets and services. With around 25,000 staff in over 50 countries, TÜV SÜD is among the world’s [...]

7 02, 2022

NABU: German marine zoning plan to the detriment of nature conservation

By |February 7th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE|

January 26 this year, The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has unveiled the first draft of a new Site Development Plan (FEP). The document regulates offshore wind energy development in Germany. Environmental organization NABU is concerned about increased conservation conflict and is calling for adjustments to protect endangered seabirds [...]

4 02, 2022

A thaw coming in Germany’s offshore wind energy? Several questions remain unanswered

By |February 4th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE, REGULATORY|

In January 2022, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) presented first concrete plans at a meeting with representatives of the offshore wind industry. Managing Director of the industry organization BWO, Stefan Thimm, comments that this is a positive development, that the industry did not dare to [...]

26 01, 2022

Marco Nix: Offshore hubs and hybrid wind projects could lead the way towards an increasingly growing meshed offshore grid

By |January 26th, 2022|GERMANY, OPINIONS|

Electricity grid operators play a key role in offshore wind development. The future of wind turbines in European seas depends on the work and development of the grid. German operator 50Hertz knows this very well. Marco Nix, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of 50Hertz, responsible for the offshore business, answers BalticWind.EU [...]

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