Energiequelle GmbH set a new milestone in the autumn of 2012: the company Enercon E-126 wind turbine at the Lausitzring race track in Brandenburg. Thanks to a capacity of 7.5 megawatts, it is the world’s most powerful wind energy converter to date and capable of replacing four to six conventional turbines. With a total height of 198 m and a rotor diameter of 126 m, it is able to convert the Lausitz winds into some 17 million kilowatt hours of electrical energy per year. Erected in collaboration with its manufacturer, Enercon, the new installation is now truly the “Formula One” of wind turbines.
With the commissioning of the E-126, yet another building block of the “Green Lausitzring” project was put into place. The use of renewable energies directly serves the project’s main target: to achieve a completely self-sufficient supply of electricity and heat to the racetrack and other large local energy consumers. Other elements that have already been completed include a solar carport system with an adjacent solar filling station and a biogas plant that supplies both electrical and thermal energy.
The Lausitzring is the youngest German racetrack. It was built on a former open-cast mine site and opened in 2000.