April saw the opening of Arkona Wind Park, the largest such facility in the Baltic Sea, between the German island of Rügen and the Danish island of Bornholm.
The park, a joint venture of Norway’s Equinor and EON from Germany, stretches for 39 square kilometers and was constructed at cost of 1.2 billion euros from July to October 2018. It consists of 60 wind turbines 154 meters in diameter and 175 meters in height – the tip of the rotor blades reach further into the sky than the Cologne Cathedral. The turbines are anchored by steel foundations more than 35 meters below the water’s surface.
The wind farm is capable of delivering 385 megawatts and can provide enough electricity for 400,000 homes in northern Germany. Since it emits no carbon dioxide, the park will save 1.2 million tons of CO2 every year. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it “sets new standards.” Speaking at the ceremony commemorating the parks opening, Merkel added: “Around gigawatts worth of offshore-energy facilities are currently installed in German North and Baltics Seas, and more are in the planning and under construction. By 2020, we’ll likely have facilities with a capacity of 7.7 gigawatts.”