Denmark's largest offshore wind power plant is inaugurated
111 Siemens wind turbines with a total capacity of 400 megawatts / Clean electricity covers about four percent of Denmark's power demand / Siemens to service for five years
The Anholt offshore wind power plant is located off Denmark's eastern coast, about 20 kilometers northeast of the Jutland peninsula. Over a period of less than nine months, Siemens installed all 111 wind turbines over a surface area of 88 square kilometers in water depths of up to 19 meters. "Despite some challenging weather conditions, we have successfully executed the Anholt offshore wind power project on schedule," states Markus Tacke, CEO of the Wind Power Division at Siemens' Energy Sector.
For Siemens, Anholt is already the fifth offshore wind power plant to be formally inaugurated within just a few short weeks. In July and August, the world's largest offshore wind power plant - the London Array (630 MW) - as well as Britain's Greater Gabbard (504 MW) and Lincs (270 MW) projects officially went on online. In Germany, the first commercial offshore wind power plant in the North Sea, Riffgat (108 MW), was officially inaugurated in August.
"Implementation of our offshore projects in Europe is running at full speed," notes Tacke. "So far, Siemens has installed more than 3,900 megawatts of offshore wind power capacity. Our projects are reaching the magnitude of fossil-fuel power plants and we are making significant progress with efforts to industrialize offshore wind power, thereby further reducing the costs of offshore wind power," added Tacke.
Siemens is at the front of the market for offshore wind power plants, grid connections and offshore wind service. To date, the company has installed offshore wind turbines delivering a total generating capacity of 3.9 gigawatts (GW). Currently, Siemens has orders for offshore projects totaling a capacity of about 5 GW.
Including the Anholt wind project, Siemens has already successfully installed nine offshore wind power plants that together offer production capacity of almost 1.1 GW. The Danish government is planning to meet one half of the country's demand for electricity with wind power by 2020. As of 2012, wind power already accounted for about 30 percent of that nation's generated electricity. Denmark's target is to become independent of fossil fuels for electrical power generation by 2050.
Wind power and energy service are part of Siemens' Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2012, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about €33 billion, making Siemens one of the world's largest suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 330 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.
The Anholt ferry shuttles between the Danish city of Grenå in the Kattegat Strait and the island of Anholt, sailing past Denmark's biggest offshore wind power plant, which takes its name from the island. The project lies off the east coast of Denmark, about 20 kilometers north-east of the Jutland peninsula. Over an area of 88 square kilometers, Siemens has installed all 111 wind turbines in waters up to 19 meters deep in just about ten months.
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Siemens AG Energy Sector
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a broad spectrum of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2012 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR27.5 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR26.9 billion and posted a profit of EUR2.2 billion. On September 30, 2012, the Energy Sector had a work force of almost 86,000. Further information is available at: www.siemens.com/energy.
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