Arkona offshore wind farm
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Arkona is a government approved renewable energy site. Also known as Arkona Becken Sudost, Arkona is a 385mw offshore project, being developed by a partnership of E.ON and Statoil. Situated 35km from the North-East Shore of Rugen Island, this wind project can be expected to be fully operational by 2019.
Consisting of 60 turbines, supplied by Siemens, this pre-construction project will take up a 39km squared area of Germany’s Baltic Sea. The Siemens SWT-6.0-154 model has a turbine capacity of 6MW, and will not only deliver enough energy to generate 272,678 homes annually, but will furthermore offset 1.2 million tonnes (mt) of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Featuring the world’s longest blades, measuring at 75m, the Siemens wind turbine is designed to exploit a broad range of offshore environment conditions.
E.ON Energy Projects GmbH
E.ON acquired a 50/50 partnership with Statoil ASA.
Statoil ASA acquired a 50/50 partnership with Statoil ASA.
50Hertz are contracted to build the transmission connections in the Baltic Sea, Germany.
E.ON: The Sky is the Limit
E.ON is an international investor-owned energy supplier, focusing entirely on energy networks, customer solutions and renewables. As one of the leading European energy companies, E.ON plays an important role in developing the new green, digital, and decentralized energy landscape.
In the 2016 financial year, more than 40,000 employees from 90 nations generated sales of around €38 billion for the company. Approximately 33 million customers currently purchase their gas and electricity from E.ON. The company offers wide range of energy products and solutions to residential customers as well as to industrial clients and the public sector.
As one would expect from a European company of this magnitude, E.ON has a significant role to play in the wind energy sector. InDepth WIND spoke to E.ON executives for an inside perspective on the company, its achievements, and its plans for the future of wind energy.
E,ON, Renewables, and Offshore Wind
E.ON currently operates over 5.3GW of renewable capacity. Since 2007, it has already invested more than €10 billion into renewables and will continue to expand its renewable energy portfolio. It is the company’s ambition to further industrialize the sector and professionalize its operations, in order to reduce the cost of renewable generation and make it ever more competitive.
The progress it has made in reaching this goal is evidenced by its current projects. Adding to its current offshore wind capacity of 1.1GW, E.ON is currently involved with the Arkona project in the German Baltic Sea with an installed capacity of 385MW, and Rampion in the English Channel with an installed capacity of 400MW. Currently, E.ON is the second largest producer of offshore wind energy in the world.
E.ON and Statoil Partner to Develop Offshore Wind in the Baltic Sea
The Arkona wind farm project is moving forward, and it is expected to be completed in 2019. Norwegian energy company Statoil is E.ON’s project partner in the € 1.2 billion project which will culminate in the commissioning of 60 Siemens 6MW wind turbines. The project represents a significant milestone for E.ON since it will make the company the first to own and operate wind farms in both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
“Arkona exemplifies E.ON’s leadership role in expanding renewables and shaping the new energy world. This project offers ideal conditions for further reducing the costs of offshore wind and will be a big step toward realizing our goal of making renewables truly competitive. We’re pleased to be partnering with Statoil, which has outstanding expertise working in challenging offshore environments,” E.ON Climate & Renewables CEO Michael Lewis said.
“This will increase our experience in working under challenging conditions. Compared to the North Sea, we expect to deal with a more challenging seabed. In winter, there is a higher risk of icing. On the other hand, the sea is generally not as rough.”
Some of the challenges the project faces have already been overcome. The area in which the Arkona wind farm will be constructed was, until very recently, the most densely mined in the world, and it took four months to clear the area of unexploded World War I and II ordinance.
To date, the Arkona project is progressing on time and within budget with no lost working hours thanks to E.ON’s focus on workplace safety. Offshore construction is set to commence this summer.
The operations and maintenance port at Sassnitz is expanding its capacity to include a new heavy-duty wharf space that will accommodate construction vessels and their cargoes. Meanwhile, the monopiles, transition pieces and offshore substation are being produced, and when the summer begins, everything that is needed for the offshore construction phase will be in place.
E.ON Invests in Airborne Wind
The development of airborne wind energy is one of the most exciting future technologies to benefit from E.ON investment. Although the company prefers to use proven, mature technologies, it is looking beyond the status quo. In the spirit of fostering game-changing wind energy innovations, the company recently invested in Glasgow-based Kite Power Solutions (KPS).
Mr. Lewis explains: “The investment will support KPS’s technical and commercial development of its pioneering high-altitude wind power generation technology. Instead of a rotor, KPS’s technology is harvesting wind by using a sail comparable to that used for kite surfing at altitudes of up to 450 meters.”
“This concept has the potential to transform the global offshore wind generation market as the airborne system is cheaper to manufacture and easier to deploy and maintain than conventional wind turbines. The cost is potentially so low that kite power generation would not need government incentives. Additionally, it can be deployed in waters deeper than 40 meters such as those found off countries such as Portugal, Japan, and the United States. Of course, kite power systems can also be deployed onshore.”
“This latest investment will support KPS’s plans to deploy a 500KW power system at West Freugh in Southwest Scotland next year, leading to an onshore demonstration array of multiple 500 kilowatt systems within the next four years. Thereafter, KPS will develop a 3MW onshore system and then deploy a similar sized power system in offshore waters.”
“E.ON has been looking into airborne wind technologies for five years. It supports one of our overall targets to drive down the costs for renewable energy. In addition to this, we have the opportunity to be a first-mover in producing renewable energy at locations where it is not possible today for economic and technical reasons.”
Open to Opportunity and Energy Partnerships
EON’s success is based on several factors, but its openness to change is a deciding factor in its ability to dynamically respond to its markets. The company’s willingness to seek ways to make wind energy more competitive; and its energy partnerships with entities such as Statoil and its investments in new technologies such as KPS’ help to further sharpen its competitive edge.
With renewables forming an ever-increasing component of E.ON’s energy mix, we can expect to see its involvement in onshore wind, offshore wind, solar energy, and energy from biomass continuing in decades to come. Its investment in new advances like the current airborne wind initiative may well lead to a global change in the way we generate energy from wind, and we may be certain that E.ON will consolidate and advance its position at the forefront of the clean energy revolution.
Arkona est un site d’énergie renouvelable approuvé par le gouvernement connu aussi sous le nom de Arkona Becken Sudost, Arkona est un projet de parc éolien de 385m, développé par un partenariat d’E.ON et Statoil et situé à 35 km de la rive nord-est de l’île de Rugen et qui seras définitivement opérationnel d’ici 2019.
Ce projet, en cours de construction, et qui est composé de 60 turbines fournies par Siemens , occupe une superficie de 39 km au carré de la mer Baltique en Allemagne. Le modèle Siemens SWT-6.0-154 a une capacité de turbine de 6MW et non seulement il fournit suffisamment d’énergie pour générer 272 678 maisons chaque année, mais il compensera en outre 1,2 million de tonnes d’émissions de dioxyde de carbone par an puisqu’il est doté des lames les plus longues du monde, mesurant à 75m, l’éolienne Siemens est conçue pour exploiter une meilleure qualité pour des meilleurs conditions environnementales en mer.
أركونا Arkona هو موقع حكومي معتمد للطاقة المتجددة الحكومة المعروف أيضا باسم و” بيكين سودوست” Arkona Becken Sudost، أركونا هو مشروع البحرية 385mw، ويجر ى تطويره من قبل شراكة من E.ON و ستاتوال Statoil. على بعد 35 كم من الشاطئ الشمالي الشرقي لجزيرة روجن، ومن المتوقع أن يعمل مشروع الرياح هذا تعمل بكامل طاقته بحلول عام 2019.
تتألف من 60 توربينات، التي توفرها سيمنز، وهذا المشروع سوف يتخذ39 توربينات مقدمة من الشركة ، و يبلغ مساحته 39 كيلومترا مربعا في بحر البلطيق في ألمانيا. إن طراز سيمنز سوت-6.0-154 لديه قدرة توربينية تبلغ 6 ميغاواط، ولن يوفر فقط طاقة كافية لتوليد 272،678 منزلا سنويا، بل سيعوض 1.2 مليون طن من انبعاثات ثاني أكسيد الكربون سنويا. وتتميز بأطول شفرات في العالم، تبلغ 75 متر، وتهدف توربينات الرياح سيمنز لاستغلال مجموعة واسعة من أوضاع البيئة البحرية.