Borkum Riffgrund 1 is Germany's first offshore wind park to help balance the grid
Offshore wind park Borkum Riffgrund 1. Image by Ørsted A/S.
The 312-MW Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind park in the North Sea is the first offshore wind park to be approved to produce electricity for the stabilisation of Germany's power grid as an increasing number of coal and nuclear power plants are being shut down.
After a prequalification specified by transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT, the offshore wind farm has proven that it is able to balance short-term grid fluctuations with green electricity and the concept was approved also by the other three TSOs in Germany.
With Borkum Riffgrund 1, offshore wind power is breaking new ground that was reserved for conventional energy sources -- the balancing of the power grid, said Joerg Kubitza, Managing Director at the German division of Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED). The Danish clean energy group owns a 50% stake in the wind farm and operates the facility under a long-term contract.
Thus, offshore wind power is part of the foundation of the energy transition in Germany, because it helps ensure the security of supply, Kubitza said.
The prequalification of the first offshore wind farm is expected to encourage other market participants to do the same so that more balancing electricity from wind parks can be traded on the German balancing power market in the future.
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