Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg Clusteragentur

News Details Renewable Energies Booming in Hamburg

by Nils Müller

Key Companies Represented in the Hanseatic City

The renewable energies industry is becoming increasingly important in Hamburg. In the period from 2009 to 2011, not only Siemens Wind Power but also a large number of international companies either set up branches in the Hanseatic City or greatly expanded their existing activities here. Since 2009, around 2,000 new jobs have been created in renewable energy in the city.

Jan Rispens, Managing Director of the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency: “Hamburg has now firmly established itself as one of the world’s leading locations for companies in wind power. At present, the development of offshore wind energy in Germany is attracting a remarkable number of firms to this area, resulting in many companies coming to Hamburg with their management, distribution and product development activities.”

Renewable Energy Hamburg is a specialised network whose membership has already grown to more than 150 since its foundation in the autumn of 2010. The companies involved are either manufacturers or service providers, or are engaged in research and development in the field of renewable energy.

Below you will find brief descriptions of some of the companies that have either established or increased their presence here in Hamburg since 2009.

Siemens Wind Power, September 2011
Siemens Wind Power employs a staff of 7,000 around the world and has, to date, installed 9,000 wind turbines with a total output of 11,000 MW. At the future international headquarters in Hamburg, approx. 500 people will be employed in the wind energy division. Siemens is the market leader in offshore wind power: One of its milestones, for example, was installing the “Rødsand II” offshore wind power plant in Denmark with an output of 207 MW in 2010. The company currently has orders on its books to the value of over 10 billion Euro. Siemens is aiming to become the world’s third-largest manufacturer of wind turbines by 2012. In Hamburg the group already has a centre of expertise for offshore substations.

PowerWind, August 2011
PowerWind, a manufacturer of wind energy installations, moved 120 members of staff into new offices in Hamburg’s HafenCity to expand its activities there. At its Bremerhaven site the company produces systems with rated output power of 900 kW and 2.5 MW. Product development, distribution and corporate management are concentrated at the Hamburg site.

Gamesa, June 2011
Gamesa is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wind turbines and wind farm developers. Its headquarters are in Spain’s Basque Country. In the second quarter of 2011 it established a new offshore branch in Hamburg, where it employs five members of staff. The firm was founded 15 years ago and today has a workforce of 8,000 worldwide. To date, the company has supplied wind turbines with an output of 22,000 MW and also operates wind farms in Europe, America and Asia with a total output of 24,000 MW.

Areva Wind, May 2011
The French energy group Areva has relocated the headquarters of Areva Wind, a manufacturer of offshore wind energy installations, to Hamburg’s HafenCity, where it now employs 25 members of staff. The company is simultaneously operating and expanding its production facilities in Bremerhaven. Areva Wind specialises exclusively in offshore wind energy installations and currently holds orders for 600 MW.

GE Wind Energy, March 2011
In March 2011, GE Wind Energy opened an offshore technology centre with 60 employees in Hamburg’s HafenCity, which focuses on developing products and applications, and on technological research to be used in products. The company plans to invest 105 million Euro throughout Germany in the offshore sector.

Dong Energy, March 2011
The German office of the Danish energy supplier Dong Energy moved into new premises in the Docklands at the former fishing port in Hamburg-Altona. It employs 15 people in renewables. The company plans to establish the offshore wind farm “Borkum Riffgrund 1” from 2013, with an investment of 1.25 billion Euro. The success story of the offshore market leader began in 1991 close to the Danish town of Vindeby, with the world’s first offshore wind farm with an output of 4.95 MW. Today, Dong Energy operates both onshore and offshore wind energy plants with a total output of 1,035 MW, and employs 6,000 people worldwide.

TÜV Süd Bereich Offshore-Windenergie (Sector Offshore Wind Energy), January 2011
TÜV Süd has established a new offshore wind energy department in Hamburg-Hammerbrook. TÜV Süd’s Hamburg branch employs 200 people. The offshore department supports planners, construction firms, investors and operators of offshore wind farms with certification, technical inspection of offshore structures, compilation of risk analyses and complete building monitoring. The department of offshore wind energy also focuses on production inspection and monitoring for all components.

Nordex, January 2011
Nordex, a listed company and leading manufacturer of wind power systems registered in Rostock, moved its headquarters to Hamburg-Langenhorn in January 2011. Around 500 employees work at this site, and more than 2,500 around the world. The company was founded in Denmark in 1985, and now has a success story stretching back 25 years. Today, 4,606 wind energy installations from Nordex generate a total of 7,100 MW.

Rabobank International, beginning of 2011
Based in the Netherlands, Rabobank International specialises in project financing in the fields of wind power and biomass, with an investment volume of 50 million Euro upwards. At the beginning of 2011, the bank established a branch in Hamburg-Neustadt with two members of staff. In cooperation with several partners, Rabobank International – one of the leading banks in renewable energy – has financed “Belwind”, an offshore wind farm consisting of REpower wind energy systems with an output of 330 MW, which is located 47 km from the Belgian coast near to Zeebrugge.

Global Wind Power Germany, 2011
Complete project development, turnkey installations, current technical and commercial operations management and the sale of wind farms to investors both in Germany and abroad make up the core business of Global Wind Power Germany. Its parent company is the Danish Global WindPower A/S, founded in 1999. The German company was set up in 2003 and in 2011 moved its headquarters from Harrislee to Hamburg. Here the company’s 11 employees support the largest and most important market for Global WindPower. In Germany, 191 wind power systems have so far been installed in 38 wind farms, with a total output of 335 MW.

Global Tech I / Windkraft Union (WKU), 2010/2011
WKU is a wholly owned subsidiary of Windreich AG from Wolfschlugen near Stuttgart. It develops, finances and operates onshore and offshore wind farms. Its new office in Hamburg employs 30 people, mostly in planning offshore wind farms. One of its most important projects is the offshore wind farm Global Tech I, which has its own project development company and 40 employees in Hamburg’s HafenCity. Windreich AG has sold some of the project shares in Global Tech I to public service utilities and other investors. Global Tech I is scheduled to go into operation in 2012 with an output of 400 MW.

Sietas, December 2010
Germany’s oldest shipyard, in Hamburg-Neuenfelde, landed an order in December 2010 for the first offshore wind power transport and installation ship to be built in Germany. Sietas had beaten off international competitors to secure the contract. The dockyard will deliver the ship to the Dutch shipping company Van Oord Offshore in 2012. The company also obtained an option for building an additional ship. Following the insolvency of the company, offshore wind is an important future perspective for the remaining employees.

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Offshore-Wind Office, October 2010
The Norwegian certification company Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has set up an offshore wind division with nine engineers, supported by 100 other specialists, in its office in Hamburg-Altstadt. For many years, DNV has been certifying wind power installations and projects, and is now responding to the growing demand in this segment. The acquisition of the Dutch testing house KEMA has increased the number of employees in the DNV Group to almost 11,000 worldwide.

PMSS, June 2010
The British service provider and consulting firm PMSS opened a branch in Hamburg-Gross Borstel with two members of staff. It concentrates on consulting services, technical due diligence tests, financial services and occupational safety in the offshore sector.

EnBW Erneuerbare Energien (Renewable Energies), March 2010
EnBW Erneuerbare Energien carries out projects in the field of renewable energy for energy supplier EnBW. It moved into new offices in Hamburg-Neustadt in order to expand and now employs a staff of 65 in Hamburg. The team has developed several offshore wind farms in Germany and the wind farm “Baltic I” – located 16 km from the coast of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and to the north of the Fischland-Darss-Zingst peninsula in the Baltic Sea – was its first commercial project with an output of 50 MW. It is supported by 30 members of external staff.

Vattenfall Europe Windkraft (Wind Power) GmbH, 2009
The subsidiary Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmbH, founded in Hamburg in 2009, implements both onshore and offshore wind farm projects in Germany. As one of the world’s largest operators of offshore wind farms, Vattenfall is planning to build the wind farm DanTysk, 70 km off the coast of Sylt, by the beginning of 2014. In total, Vattenfall has around 1,000 MW of wind capacity in the German part of the North Sea, either at the approval or planning stage or already under construction. Furthermore, the development and construction of onshore wind farms in the North and East of Germany, and involvement in research projects for storing wind energy, will be the responsibility of the continually expanding team that currently includes around 50 employees. Vattenfall operates wind farms in five European countries, with a capacity of around 1,400 MW. For the Swedish parent company, expanding its wind power division is a major part of the shift in its generation portfolio to climate-neutral energy.

Vestas, 2009
Vestas has been active in Germany since 1986 and employs approx. 1,800 people in this country. The Hamburg distribution branch has grown markedly since 2009 and has around 150 employees. The main German branch in Husum – which is also the headquarters of Vestas Central Europe (VCEU) – is responsible for distribution, marketing and installation. To date, Vestas has set up around 5,700 wind power systems in Germany with an installed capacity of more than 7,000 MW.

Germanischer Lloyd, Renewables Certification, 2009
As of one the leading certification companies in the field of renewables, the GL Renewables Certification developed guidelines for the certification of wind turbines, wind farms and other renewables. They are applied both in the examination of onshore and offshore wind farms and in offshore risk analysis and maintenance systems. In 2011, the Renewables Certification had 147 employees meaning a growth of 7.5% for the period from 2009 until 2011 and one of 28.9% for the period from  2010 until 2011.

RWE Innogy, 2008/2009
RWE Innogy is a subsidiary of RWE AG responsible for developing renewable energy projects. The company expanded its activities from 2009 to 2011. Its 170 employees in Hamburg’s City-Nord mostly design offshore wind farms in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. The largest project currently planned in Germany is the “Nordsee-Ost” offshore wind farm, 30 km north of the island of Helgoland, with an output of 295 MW. The wind farm is scheduled to supply the grid from 2014 onwards. Furthermore, in September 2011, RWE Innogy commissioned its first offshore wind installation ship, which will set up the “Gwynt y Môr” wind park in the Irish Sea with an output of 576 MW.

In total, around 2,000 new jobs have been created in Hamburg in the field of renewable energies/wind power since the beginning of 2009.


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