The world’s largest wind turbine power plants are to be built in Potzneusiedl in northern Burgenland.
In an effort to cover Burgenland’s electricity demand solely by renewable energy by 2013, Austrian Wind Power (AWP), a subsidiary to the stately Burgenland energy provider BEWAG, is erecting the two wind turbines that can together provide more than 8,000 homes with electricity.
According to AWP the wind plants of the type Enercon E 126 with a production capacity of 7.5 megawatts (MW) are the most powerful in the world.
The foundation for each wind turbine is 29 metres in diameter and made out of 1,400 cubic meters of concrete and 120 tons of steel. The annual production will amount to more than 14.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh).
The erection is a technical challenge. The segments of the tower must be divided into thirds in order to be transportable. A special crane is needed to pick up the parts and put them together which can only be done in good weather conditions.
Completion is scheduled for this year. Early next year the two big wind turbines in Potzneusiedl are planned to be put into operation.
BEWAG executives Michael Gerbavsits and Reinhard Schweifer said BEWAG plans to invest about 350 million Euros into wind energy within three years.
There are currently 206 wind turbines in operation in Austria. 138 with a total capacity of 242 megawatts belong to the AWP. So far, the BEWAG Group’s plants have produced approximately 3.4 billion kWh.
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