Wind Power News: Germany
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The German Economy Ministry announced Friday it had approved 807 megawatts of capacity at onshore wind parks. The projects were granted at an average price requiring a subsidy of 5.71 eurocents ($0.89) per kilowatt hour of power, marking a price reduction of 20 percent on previous deals. Approval procedures had been closely watched by turbine manufacturers, project developers and utilities after recent offshore wind farm auctions included bids for zero-subsidy deals for the middle of the next decade as the . . .
A lorry was crushed by the blade of a 62m wind turbine which went spinning across the German autobahn after a transporter truck crashed. Autobahn 33 was closed just outside Bielefeld, between Hanover and Dortmund, when the truck carrying the 16-ton wind turbine was rear-ended by another vehicle. It sent the enormous blade across the carriageway where it ploughed into vehicles and a lorry belonging to cargo logistics company Koch International – which is based just 34 miles away from . . .
The giant blade of a wind turbine fell from the truck that was transporting it on Tuesday morning, squashing the cabin of another truck and completely shutting down traffic on a busy motorway. The accident happened on the Autobahn 33 outside Bielefeld, where the blade slipped from the back of a transporter after another truck slammed into the back of the vehicle, according to the Rheinische Post. The blade was then shunted across the entire width of the Autobahn by . . .
Bielefeld. Auf der Autobahn 33 bei Bielefeld hat es am frühen Dienstagmorgen einen schweren Unfall gegeben. Ein Lastwagen ist in das Ende eines Schwertransporters gekracht. Dieser war mit dem Flügel eines Windrads beladen – der liegt nun quer auf der Fahrbahn. Nach Angaben der Polizei in Bielefeld ist die A33 in Höhe der Anschlussstelle Bielefeld-Senne in beide Richtungen voll gesperrt, es kommt zu kilometerlangen Staus. Der Lastwagen war um kurz nach 5 Uhr aus bislang ungeklärter Ursache auf den Schwertransporter . . .
Calls from the industry and utilities including Vattenfall AB for Germany to auction more offshore wind blocs are unlikely to fall on sympathetic ears until voters elect a new parliament. Germany’s maiden offshore auction, which wrapped up last month with the winners willing to forgo subsidies for the first time, is spurring calls to raise tender caps as developers seek yields through economies of scale. While the calls have garnered backing in the Environment Ministry, the prospects of amending auction . . .
When Günter Raake steps out of his house on the island of Rügen, he imagines the Cologne Cathedral towering before him. He envisages a colossus, 150 meters high, on a field just a few hundred meters from his new house. Because that is the height of “the monsters,” as Mr. Raake calls the five wind power turbines that an investor wants to set up near his home. In 2015, the former music manager moved from Hamburg to Wittow, on the . . .
Fresh safety fears have been raised about Swansea’s first ever wind farm following a recent fatal aeroplane crash in Germany. Work on the £52 million Mynydd y Gwair scheme near Felindre to provide 16 turbines has started and is expected to last until near the end of next year. Now fresh concerns about air safety, including for the Wales Air Ambulance, have been raised in the light of the incident in Germany. Innogy Renewables UK, which is behind the scheme, . . .
[Deadly accident: BFU investigates small plane collision with wind turbine] Nach dem Absturz eines Kleinflugzeuges in Melle im Landkreis Osnabrück ist die Ursache weiter unklar. Die Polizei hält sowohl einen technischen Defekt als auch einen Pilotenfehler für möglich. Die Untersuchungen der Spezialisten der Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU) in Braunschweig dürften zwei bis drei Tage dauern. Der Pilot des motorisierten Leichtflugzeugs ist am Donnerstag ums Leben gekommen, als sein Fluggerät in etwa 20 Metern Höhe gegen den Gittermast einer Windkraftanlage prallte . . .
For the first time in Germany, an airplane has had a collision with a wind turbine. The crash was tragically fatal for the pilot. The incident took place outside the town of Melle in northwestern Germany on Thursday, police report. “As far as we can ascertain, it is the first such collision in Germany,” said Germout Freitag, a spokesperson for the federal office for air accidents. The reason for the crash and the identity of the pilot both remained unclear . . .
Germany’s Federal Audit Office has triggered what could become an ugly cost debate in the run-up to federal elections in the autumn, as a report seen by Recharge accuses the government of having no overview of the costs of the country’s transition from nuclear to renewable energy (Energiewende). The audit office is responsible for examining the income and expenditure of the government. Most of the costs of Germany’s renewables build-up is born by surcharges on renewables and for grid fees . . .