New project creates conditions for national test field for offshore wind energy

At the beginning of March, a new project of the German OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE foundation was launched, which is intended to create the further conceptual, technical and logistical prerequisites for the construction of a national test field for offshore wind energy. The new test field to be built is part of the coalition agreement of the Federal Government. It has already been designated as an area in the in the spatial development programme of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania since mid-2016. In particular, the test field needs a fast grid connection in order to trigger appropriate investment security.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania recently successfully launched a corresponding Federal Council initiative as part of the consultation on NABEG 2.0 (Network Expansion Acceleration Act). Within the framework of the new four-year project supported by the BMWi, the current test and demonstration requirements in the industry are to be determined first. In addition to the need for the development of innovative and powerful WTGs, the need for test facilities for innovative foundation structures, components, logistics concepts and grid connection technologies also plays a decisive role. The next step is to define the selection criteria for the innovative technologies to be installed.

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