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Wind Power News: Germany


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.

October 14, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine in Rhede in flames

In der Gemeinde Rhede im Emsland hat in der Nacht zu Freitag ein etwa 90 Meter hohe Windenergieanlage Feuer gefangen. Laut Polizei fiel auch ein Flügel herunter. Menschen wurden nicht verletzt. Da die Feuerwehr einen Brand in der großen Höhe nicht löschen kann – eine Drehleiter schafft maximal 23 Meter -, ließen die Einsatzkräfte die Anlage kontrolliert abbrennen. Das Gelände um das Windrad herum wurde weiträumig abgesperrt, da brennende Teile der Anlage immer wieder zu Boden stürzten. Allein der Rotordurchmesser . . . Complete story »

October 1, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany’s coal habit proves hard to kick

Not far from Germany’s Rhine River, a fight to thwart giant excavators from grinding away what’s left of the 12,000-year-old Hambach forest came to a head this month as thousands of protesters faced off with police in a tense, and at times violent, showdown. Activists formed a human shield by occupying dozens of self-made tree houses, set up barricades in the woods and threw stones and even Molotov cocktails toward police. The standoff revolves around utility RWE AG’s plans to . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany’s renewable energy dreams derailed by cheap Russian gas, electricity grid expansion woes

On a blazing hot August day on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast, a few hundred tourists skip the beach to visit the “Fascination Offshore Wind” exhibition, held in the port of Mukran at the Arkona wind park. They stand facing the sea, gawking at white fiberglass blades, which at 250 feet are longer than the wingspan of a 747 aircraft. Those blades, they’re told, will soon be spinning atop 60 wind-turbine towers bolted to concrete pilings driven deep into the seabed . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German farmer triumphs over state in wind turbine row

Erecting a few wind turbines on privatized, once communist farmland doesn’t entitle Germany to claw back potentially lucrative power earnings, a top appeal court has ruled. It’s voided part of a 2005 land sales contract. The Federal Court of Justice’s (BGH) civil chamber ruled Friday in favor of a farm owner in eastern Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state who was facing hefty surcharges or even worse over his plan to have three turbines erected by an operating firm. The farm owner’s adversary . . . Complete story »

September 10, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Too loud: Hesse to check all wind turbines for noise violations

[Zu laut: Hessen muss alle Windräder überprüfen] Noise makes you sick, even that of otherwise so clean wind turbines. It was hoped that the ground swallows up some of their noise. But it doesn’t. So the state of Hesse now has to put all the wind turbines under the microscope. The Minister of the Environment doesn’t need that which prevents her from advancing in the energy transition. But she cannot ignore people who suffer from noise. So loud are they . . . Complete story »

September 6, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Sunset for jobs in Germany’s wind industry as companies shift abroad

For Heiner Kleen, Germany’s renewable energy revolution looks like it will end in redundancy. After almost two decades building concrete towers for wind turbines at a unit of market leader Enercon GmbH on Germany’s North Sea coast, he will probably lose his job in the latest wave of cuts hitting the industry. The 40-year-old may join thousands of European engineers and workers that in the past few years have become victims of the globalization and maturing of a sector Germany . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

The boom and bust of Germany’s offshore wind farms

Germany’s North Sea coast and islands have become the staging post for a huge boom in offshore wind farms. But while many communities are cashing in, others are struggling to survive. Germany’s island of Heligoland, a once teeming resort, has long experienced a decline in tourist business. Holidaymakers today seek more exotic thrills than spending a few days on a rainy dot in the North Sea, and those visitors who do still come tend toward day trips rather than longer . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German onshore wind installations dropped 29 percent in H1

Germany installed 1,626 megawatts (MW) of new onshore wind power capacity in the first six months of 2018, industry groups said on Thursday, adding that total installations this year could run to between 3,300 and 3,500 MW. Wind energy is one of the most important drivers of Germany’s transition to renewable energy, with onshore wind power already accounting for 14.7 percent of total power generation volumes in Jan-Jun, according to industry statistics. The additions in the six months measured in . . . Complete story »

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 »

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