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GASAG commits to wind power, with Energiequelle’s help
Zossen-based wind power specialists install first wind farm for the Berlin power utility company
Zossen, 3 August 2016 – GASAG AG, a Berlin-based power utility company, wants not only to supply its customers with green power, but also to generate it itself to an increasing extent. According to an agreement concluded with Energiequelle GmbH, it will take over three turnkey wind turbines that the Zossen-based wind power specialists have installed near Wahlsdorf, a district within the municipality of Dahme/Mark (Brandenburg).
The three GE 2.5 – 120 wind turbines have a rotor diameter of 120 m and a hub height of 139 m. With 7.5 MW in total power capacity, they will generate 21.5 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity, equivalent to the annual power requirement of 6,000 three-person households.
By diversifying into the generation of wind power, this Berlin utility company steeped in tradition is doubling in one fell swoop the amount of green power it has hitherto produced using biogas plants and photovoltaic systems.
According to Michael Raschemann, one of the two directors of Energiequelle GmbH, ‘We see it as a major success that such a big-name power utility company from Berlin is committing itself to inexpensive, climate-friendly wind power. We are also proud, of course, to be playing a role in making the supply of electricity in the German capital that little bit greener.’
GASAG and its subsidiaries have around 700,000 private and commercial customers in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. This long-standing company has entered into a commitment towards the state of Berlin to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by two million tonnes by the year 2020.
Photo: Rolf Schulten
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More wind power from Schwanewede for the ‘Osterholz 2030’ energy strategy
Energiequelle brings two more wind turbines online in the Schwanewede-Hahnenberg wind farm
Bremen, Schwanewede 28. April 2016 - Early this April, Energiequelle GmbH finished installing two additional wind turbines in the municipality of Schwanewede. Each of these state-of-the-art Senvion turbines has an overall height of 200 metres and a generator output of 3.2 megawatts.
According to forecasts, the two new WTGs are expected to generate a total 20 million kilowatt hours of green wind power annually – equivalent to the power needs of approximately 5,700 average households.
There are now four turbines of the same type in the Hahnenberg wind farm. Two were brought online in late December by Planet Energy, a subsidiary of Greenpeace Energy, a green power utility company.
Rotor assembled entirely on the ground
Andy Helbig, the Project Manager responsible at Energiequelle: ‘No difficulties were encountered during construction of the wind turbines. One special feature of the project was that the rotors were assembled on the ground, then hoisted as complete units up to the machine house. In most cases, the rotor blades are hoisted singly and then mounted onto the rotor hub at the top of the tower.’
Last December and in February this year, on the adjacent hill called Klingenberg, the wind power specialists from the Bremen-Nord district had previously installed a total of six WTGs made by Enercon, the Aurich-based manufacturer, and connected them to the EWE grid via the Schwanewede substation.
Local power tariff in the vicinity of the wind farm
‘eq strom’, a power utility company and a subsidiary of Energiequelle GmbH, is offering all those within a radius of 3,500 metres of the wind farm a low-price, locally tailored power tariff. The villages of Meyenburg, Eggestedt, Seedorf, as well parts of Brundorf, Hinnebeck and Schwanewede, are all within that radius. Further information is available from ‘eq strom GmbH & Co KG’ at the www.eq-strom.de website and under the telephone number +49 33 769 871 950.
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Energiequelle establishes branch office in Finland
First partnership agreements inked, others in the pipeline
Bremen, Zossen 30 March 2016 - Energiequelle GmbH has established a subsidiary in Finland. The wind power specialists’ new branch operates under the name ‘EQ-Tuuli OY’ and opened its premises in the city centre of Helsinki, the Finnish capital, in March of this year. The office is managed by Nils Borstelmann, a man with many years of professional experience in the wind power industry of this Nordic country.
Emulating its German parent, EQ-Tuuli OY will offer the full range of products and services for onshore wind energy production in Finland. This includes project implementation from greenfield installation to turnkey handover, and handling connection of the turbines to the national grid.
Nils Borstelmann: ‘During our first phase, until a new grant support mechanism, expected in 2018, kicks in, we will be acquiring projects in various stages of development and working intensively to create a collaborative network. The first agreements with Finnish partners have already been signed, with others to follow, our main aim being to set up a promising pipeline of projects within the next couple of years.’
Finland had around 1000 MW of installed wind capacity at the end of 2015. The target of the present Finnish support mechanism based on fixed grid-feed tariffs, namely 2,500 MW of installed capacity, will be reached by November 2017 at the latest; from 2018 onwards, a competitive bidding system will enter into force.
The government of Finland, the most easterly Member State in the European Union, headed by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre Party), has set the goal of covering 55% of the country’s electricity needs with renewables within the next 15 years.
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Wind power from Osterstade Marsh for the ‘Osterholz 2030 Energy Transition’
Klingenberg wind farm now fully operational after winds cause delay. Local power tariff for households and businesses within 3500-metre radius.
Bremen, Meyenburg 1 March 2016 - The Klingenberg wind farm in Meyenburg, a village in the municipality of Schwanewede (in the district of Osterholz, Lower Saxony), is now fully operational. Four of the six wind turbines comprising the new wind farm, located between the A 27 motorway and Osterstade Marsh, began feeding power into the grid towards the end of last year. The two gentle giants set in motion in early February this year complete the half-dozen set that was originally planned.
The six E 101 turbines manufactured by Aurich-based Enercon each have a nominal power rating of 3 megawatts (MW), a hub height of 135 m and a rotor diameter of 101 m. The wind power converters are connected to the EWE power grid via the substation in Schwanewede.
When construction started in January 2015, the original plan was for all the turbines to be operational by autumn that year. ‘Our construction schedule was literally gone with the wind, unfortunately’, says Andy Helbig, project manager at the wind power specialists from Bremen-Nord. ‘For the last phase of construction work, namely hoisting or ‘pulling’ the rotors, we need periods when wind speeds are low. The ‘bracing climate’ in northern Germany didn’t do us that favour, alas’, continues Andy, an environmental engineer.
Fresh wind will be flowing from now on, so to speak, from the power sockets of around 12,000 private households. That is the number of typical German homes that can be supplied, arithmetically, with the roughly 48 million kilowatt hours of green power that will be generated on annual average by the wind farm.