RWE Innogy tests offshore turbines

Thursday, 22 November, 2012 - 15:00

In early November, RWE Innogy and Essent inaugurated two wind energy installations of the type REpower 6M in Eemshaven in the Netherlands. They each have a rated output of 6.15 MW and a hub height of 114 m. The plants are of the same type which RWE Innogy will also be installing in the offshore wind park Nordsee Ost.

By operating the facility onshore in Eemshaven, they hope to obtain additional insight for the use of the turbines at sea. Incidentally, the two new installations increase the installed capacity of the largest Dutch RWE wind park, Westereems, to over 168 MW.

"The development of the Westereems wind park is a perfect indicator of the rapid technical development of wind energy. Twenty years ago, 40 wind turbines in Westereems supplied the equivalent of 5,000 households with green electricity annually. Today, it just takes one of the modern 6M systems to accomplish this. That's huge," says Roy Schwarzer, director of Onshore Wind at RWE Innogy.

Katharina Garus

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