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Germany Opens Offshore Wind Park



The "Bard 1" offshore energy platform off of Germany's coastline is powered by numerous wind towers. (Courtesy: RTV/CBS)

It is supposed to become the main source of energy in the future: offshore wind energy. German economy minister Philipp Roesler on Monday (August 26) opened the offshore wind farm 'Bard 1' in the North Sea off the coastline of the German town of Emden.

Together with Michael Baur, CEO of the Bard Energy Group, he pressed a 'red button' to inaugurate the 80th turbine of the wind farm. According to its operator Bard, it is the first commercial wind farm in the North Sea, which has also been connected to the energy supply system. Only a few weeks ago another wind farm had been opened in the North Sea, but without any connection to the supply chain.

Speaking at a news conference after the opening, Roesler said: "This is a great day for the German offshore wind industry. We have already inaugurated (the offshore wind farm), together with by pressing the red button in regards to 80th turbine, which has been constructed. Now the biggest and most powerful offshore wind farm has been opened, which is not only producing, but has been largely connected with the power supply system already. This is not quite unimportant today."

'Bard Offshore 1' is located around more than 80 miles off the island coast of Borkum and the most powerful offshore wind farm in Germany, according the Bard Group. With its 80 turbines it provides a nominal capacity of 400 megawatt - which fulfills the power needs of around 400.000 households. It's vital on the way towards renewable energy, said Baur. "Without this powerful offshore wind farm in the North Sea the nuclear phase out is impossible. If the new government stands for their decision of a nuclear phase out from summer 2011, they should become a reliable and constructive partner of offshore wind energy again as soon as possible," he said.

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