With many active members in the area of offshore wind energy and as an advisory board member of the “Stiftung Offshore-Windenergie” (Offshore Wind Energy Foundation), the EEHH Cluster chose “offshore wind” as one of its topic priorities at it’s very founding. EEHH association members such as manufacturers Senvion SE, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, MHI Vestas, project developers Orsted, Vattenfall, EON and Innogy, and certifiers DNV GL and TÜV Nord take a leading role in the area of “offshore wind”. Research institutions such as TU Hamburg are producing optimal groundwork in the area of offshore; scientists at CEN (Centre for Earth System Research and Sustainability) at the University of Hamburg are researching the impact of offshore wind farms on micro-climates.
EEHH publications and events on the topic of “offshore wind”
The EEHH cluster, together with Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland e.V., have published the trend-setting publications “Offshore wind from a legal perspective” and “Offshore wind interface management” (in two editions). Moreover, the EEHH network, together with certification company DNV GL, is organising the 15th Hamburg Offshore Wind Conference (HOW) on 10 and 11 April 2018 - a coming together of leading industry experts, the second occasion to have done so.
“Offshore wind” intensively directed from Hamburg
Offshore capacity in Germany currently totals just shy of 4,800 MW. North Sea wind farms Veja Mate and Sandbank went online in 2017. Offshore projects such as Arkona, Dan Tysk, Global Tech I, Gode Wind I to III and Sandbank were managed and developed from Hamburg. Overall, the groundwork for approx. 65% of all German offshore projects has been done from the city. 13 offshore wind farms are currently located in German waters of the North and Baltic Seas.
Offshore wind farms supply clean electricity almost all year round, safeguarding supply security for Germany as an industrial centre. This renewable energies sector consequently is making a viable and decisive contribution to curtailing climate change. Offshore wind farms supplied as much as 17.5 terawatt hours of electricity in 2017 - approx. 3% of German electricity consumption and around 15% of total fed-in wind power.