Made in Germany | Offshore Energy: Germany Plans Wind Parks on the Open Sea


As more and more windy areas on land fill with rotors to convert wind power to electricity, manufacturers are pushing to move their facilities offshore, where the wind is stronger and steadier. Germany has plans to generate 25000 megawatts of power from offshore wind energy by 2030. That corresponds to 15 percent of electricity use. The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency has given the green light for six wind turbines for commercial use to be built 45 kilometers off the North Sea island of Borkum. The operator will be Alpha Ventus. Ironically, the wind has delayed construction until 2009. But a model plant is being built off the mainland town of Hooksiel. Three pipes, three meters in diameter are being rammed 45 meters deep into the Wadden Sea. Then come the tower, the gondola and the 60 meter long rotor blades. Made in Germany was there to see the giant wind energy plant put together.

BOLOWIND: Wind energy offshore system


Floating wind energy offshore system Bolowind is a floating offshore system to produce wind energy. (Depths from 50 meters). A drag type system gets less performance that the helix. It is not disputed. But the structure of bolowind offers many other advantages that make it very interesting and where the helix does not succeed. It has been very difficult to summarize in 7 minutes all possibilities for the full version. A conceptual study is available (original Spanish and English translation) in pdf format. (www.bolowind.com) Bolowind begins where the helix can’t reach. Thank you for your view.