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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


July 14, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy’s big disposal problem

Germany has more than 28,000 wind turbines – but many are old and by 2023 more than a third must be decommissioned. Disposing of them is a huge environmental problem. Expert Jan Tessmer tells DW he’s optimistic. DW: Dr Tessmer, disposing of wind turbines is extremely difficult. Their concrete bases go as deep as 30 meters into the ground, and are hard to fully remove, while the rotor blades contain glass and carbon fibers – they give off dust and toxic gases . . . Complete story »


July 3, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German engineering group warns of drop in new wind power projects

A drop in the number of new German wind power projects coming on stream in 2019 and the early 2020s could make it harder to achieve economies of scale and hit investment, according to the country’s VDMA mechanical engineering group. That in turn could jeopardize Germany’s target of producing 65 percent of power from renewable sources by 2030, which is expected to require 20 gigawatts (GW) of total offshore wind capacity, four times the current number, VDMA said. Policymakers have . . . Complete story »


June 13, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany pours cold water on EU’s clean energy ambitions

Voters across Europe have lost faith in politics partly because of “unachievable targets” on renewable energy, said German Energy Minister Peter Altmaier, who rejected calls from a group of other EU countries to boost the share of renewables to 33-35% of the bloc’s energy mix by 2030. Altmaier made the comments during an on-the-record exchange between the 28 EU energy ministers, who are gathered in Luxembourg today (11 June) for a meeting of the Energy Council. Energy ministers are expected . . . Complete story »


June 1, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany plans to reset rules for onshore wind farm auctions

Previously, in an effort to soften local opposition to building wind farms, the government had allowed citizen groups to seek contracts before they get permits showing the project would make sense on environmental grounds. Complete story »


June 1, 2018 • Blogs, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Call for wind turbine disposal standards

A “decommissioning wave” of old wind turbines, whose 20 years of guaranteed support payments are up could become an environmental problem, Niklas Zaboji writes for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “There are hints of building law violation, authorities looking the other way and insufficient decommissioning regulation,” Zaboji says. Unregulated turbine deconstruction could lead to gear oil seeping into the soil or fibreglass flakes contaminating the environment. The German Wind Energy Association (BWE) says existing laws governing recycling and soil protection cover wind . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Bolts ‘failed’ Alpha Ventus turbine

The failure of retaining bolts led to a nacelle casing falling off an Adwen M5000 turbine at the 60MW Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, according to the project’s co-operator EWE. The company said that it is currently unclear why the bolts failed and caused the entire nacelle casing to break off in April. The wind farm operators, which also include Eon and Vattenfall, are now preparing to start work shortly on a replacement campaign. A . . . Complete story »


May 14, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windenergie: Rückbauwelle rollt auf Deutschland zu

Ungefähr 28.000 Windräder drehen sich unter dem deutschen Himmel – ein Großteil davon schon seit Ende der neunziger Jahre. Aktuell steht die Windbranche vor großen Herausforderungen: Mit dem Auslaufen des Förderanspruchs nach dem Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (EEG) nach 20 Jahren müssen die Betreiber entscheiden, ob diese Alt-Anlagen stillgelegt, zurückgebaut, erneuert oder in bisherigem Umfang weiterbetrieben werden können. Nach heutigem Stand werden davon bundesweit rund vier Gigawatt Anlagenleistung betroffen sein, schätzt das Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH). Künftig fallen pro Jahr im . . . Complete story »


May 10, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Abbruchstimmung in Deutschland | Breakdown mode

In Deutschland stehen mittlerweile fast 29 000 Windanlagen. Sie machten im letzten Jahr rund 16 Prozent der Stromproduktion aus. Doch nachdem es beim Windstrom jahrzehntelang nur vorwärts ging, könnte das Abschalten zahlreicher Anlagen bald zu einem Rückgang der Produktion führen. Der Grund ist nicht, dass die Anlagen nicht mehr funktionieren – sondern dass ihre finanzielle Förderung demnächst ausläuft. Das deutsche Erneuerbaren-Energie-Gesetz, das im Jahr 2000 in Kraft getreten ist, garantiert Windpark-Betreibern während zwanzig Jahren kostendeckende Tarife für den Strom, den . . . Complete story »


May 5, 2018 • Germany, Ontario, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Beeckmans: Energiewende, Germany’s troubled energy policy

Germany’s gargantuan commitment to renewable energy (30,000-plus wind turbines and the world’s third-largest solar capacity) is intended to point the way to a sustainable low-carbon future. This comprehensive energy policy was consolidated in 2010 and termed the “energiewende,” meaning energy turning. It set a number of ambitious targets, including a reduction of 40 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions from the 1990 level by 2020, and 70 per cent by 2040. Also, after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, it was decided to . . . Complete story »


April 30, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germans air M5000 damage: TV shows Adwen turbine with missing nacelle case at Alpha Ventus project

German television has broadcast images of the damaged Adwen M5000 turbine at the 60MW Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. In a ‘NDR Hallo Niedersachsen’ report aired 25 April, wind industry group WAB head Andreas Wellbrock described the missing nacelle casing as a “setback” that will need to be scrutinised in order to make sure it does not happen again. The entire nacelle casing on the turbine broke off earlier this month. Adwen experts are still . . . Complete story »


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