DONG Energy rounds 1,000 wind turbines at sea

Thursday, 27 October, 2016 - 12:30
The development of offshore wind turbines over the last 25 years is immense. (Graphic: DONG Energy)
The development of offshore wind turbines over the last 25 years is immense. (Graphic: DONG Energy)

After 25 years of dedication to offshore wind DONG Energy has installed the 1,000th offshore wind turbine and plans to continue its venture unabated. From 2016 to 2020, DONG Energy is set to build more offshore wind capacity than ever before.

Developments have been moving forward at a rapid pace since the first Danish offshore wind park started producing power in 1991. The Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm consisted of 11 small turbines with a capacity of 0.45 MW. Today, each of the largest wind turbines can produce almost twice as much energy. The amount modern wind turbines are able to produce is further growing. As the first company in the world DONG Energy started to install the new 8 MW offshore turbines in September 2016.

At the end of 2015, DONG Energy had installed offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 3 GW. And there is much more in the pipeline: Towards 2020, DONG Energy plans to build a number of large offshore wind farms in the UK and Germany that will increase capacity to 6.7 GW, equalling the electricity consumption of 17 million Europeans. This means DONG Energy is building more offshore wind capacity than in the previous 25 years altogether.

“In the space of only a few years, offshore wind has evolved from being a niche technology to being recognised as a reliable and clean energy source supplying power on utility scale and playing an important role in the green transformation of the energy sector,” says Senior Vice President Anders Lindberg, who is responsible for the construction of offshore wind farms at DONG Energy.

Philipp Kronsbein / DONG Energy

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