Germany linked up to 818MW of newly structured offshore wind capacity for powering networks all over the country in the year 2016. The leading wind energy industrial group, BWE announced on Thursday that records are less than that of the year 2015, but still they are planning to leave the industry to beat the targets set by the government for 2020.
BWE also said that as of now Europe’s largest economy has had 4.1 GW of offshore wind capacity; this wind capacity in total is linked with the electricity networks. The government is planning to target at least 6.5 GW by the year 2020.
In the year 2015, the industry connected totally 2.2 GW of wind capacity. However, this was done only once as many projects got delayed before 2015.
According to various data collected from researchers and experts, BWE estimated that Germany added additional 156 production units in the year 2016, bringing the total units count to 947. They further said that 123 MW of turbine capacity are equipped at newly constructed 21 sites, but not connected to any of the onshore grids for production.
In 2016, the offshore wind production reached 13 TWh, which was approximately 57 percent more than the year 2015.
According to energy group BDEW, Germany has been pushing its best to generate more renewable power rather than conventional power. The offshore wind power industry has been the first trademark for German’s drive and employed over 20,000 people. It easily accounts 2 percent of total wind power production 648 TWh.
The Germans could achieve this due to advantages that are favorable only to them. Due to the deep water foundations and vast distance between Germany and turbines, the cost has inflated and delayed due to such challenges in other European countries.
It is predicted by BWE and Offshore-Windenergie foundation that in the year 2017, 1.4 GW of capacity would be added and subsequently 1 GW annually until 2020.
In the year 2021 and 2022, the size would be restricted to 500 MW, since fixed-price schemes will convert to an auction system. The tenders for this auction will start in the month of April as this sale for large-scale projects tends to take a long time for getting processed.
The new auction system will mostly benefit the lowest bidders so as to bring the renewable source of energy into the era of the wholesale market, ending the cost and time involved with subsidies.
Companies, namely Alstom and Siemens, are trying to develop technology that will aid the transmission for onshore companies like 50Hertz and TenneT. These are the enterprises that receive and transmit the electricity to mainlands.