Germany switches on 288 MW offshore wind power plant

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DanTysk offshore wind power plant in the German North Sea was officially inaugurated. Siemens has supplied, installed and commissioned 80 wind turbines for the 288 MW project, each designed to generate 3.6 MW of power and equipped with a 130-yard rotor.

Now Siemens wind turbines with a total capacity of over 1 GW feed offshore wind power into Germany's power grid. Owner and operator of DanTysk wind park is a consortium comprising the Swedish power company Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München, Munich's municipal utility.

The wind power plant can generate up to 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity every year — equivalent to the total annual consumption of about 400,000 German households.

DanTysk offshore wind power plant is located nearly 45 miles offshore west of the German island of Sylt. In waters measuring about 100 feet deep, foundations anchored in the seabed provide the base on which the wind turbines were erected.

The wind turbines are not the only thing Siemens is providing DanTysk: the German technology group is taking charge of preventive and corrective maintenance to the wind turbines within the scope of a five-year service agreement, and also supplied the turnkey grid connection for the wind power plant, called SylWin1.

This direct-current (DC) offshore link, run by the transmission grid operator TenneT, comprises the connecting systems that connect the offshore wind power plant to the German electricity grid. SylWin1 consists of an offshore converter station at sea, and a receiver station on land, 100 miles of undersea cable and further 25 miles of underground cable on shore. Overall, three offshore wind power plants will be connected to the grid via this offshore link.

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