RWE completes turbine installation at Kaskasi offshore wind farm
Wind turbine installation at the 342-MW Kaskasi wind farm in the German North Sea. Image by RWE AG.
November 22 (Renewables Now) - RWE AG (ETR:RWE) has installed all turbines at the 342-MW Kaskasi offshore wind farm in the German North Sea with the majority of the machines already feeding green electricity into the grid.
The last turbine was built 35 kilometres (21.7 miles) north of the German island of Heligoland, RWE said on Tuesday.
All 38 machines will go onstream by the end of the year and supply clean power to the equivalent of over 400,000 households annually.
Kaskasi, RWE’s sixth wind farm off the German coast, features the world's first recyclable rotor blades made by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE). The Spain-based manufacturer supplied all turbines for the project and some of them are equipped with recyclable blades. The components for the 81-metre (265.7 ft) blades are bonded with a special resin that allows the materials to be separated from one another after the decommissioning of the turbines.
In addition to Kaskasi, the German power major and a partner are currently working on the development of four more offshore wind projects with a combined capacity of over 1.5 GW in the German waters of the North Sea.
Globally, RWE has already 3 GW of offshore wind capacity in operation and plans to boost it to 8 GW by the end of this decade.
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