Germany adds 1.25 GW offshore wind capacity in 2017

By January 29, 2018Industry News

Offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity of 1,250 MW fed first power to the German grid in 2017, bringing the country’s total wind capacity at sea to 5,387.4 MW.

The total new capacity for 2017 reaches 1,279 MW with certain performance upgrades, making this the second best year for German offshore wind, Deutsche WindGuard says in a report released earlier in January. Capacity additions grew by 55% over 2016.

The table shows details of Germany’s new and cumulative offshore wind capacity.

Stats by Deutsche WindGuard2017Cumulative
Grid-connected capacity (in MW)1,250.35,387.4
– of which in North Sea (in MW)896.84,695.1
– of which in Baltic Sea (in MW)353.3692.3
Number of installed turbines2221,169
Average capacity of installed turbines (in kW)5,6444,609

At the end of 2017, 126 foundations were in place, awaiting the installation of wind turbines. The Merkur Offshore and Arkona are under construction, while five projects — Borkum Riffgrund 2, Trianel Windpark Borkum II, Deutsche Bucht, EnBW Hohe See and Albatros — have reached final investment decision last year.