Karlsruhe. The EnBW offshore wind farm Baltic 2 has reached the next milestone. Last weekend the first kilowatt hour of electricity was generated and fed into the grid. By now EnBW Baltic 2 is connected to the grid with 8 plants.
EnBW Baltic 2 is currently being built 32 kilometres north of the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea. At this point 60 of a total of 80 wind energy plants have been installed. At the end of February the last of 86 cable sections were pulled in, which completed the internal cabling of the wind farm. A total of 91 km of cables were laid for the internal wind farm cabling. The main installation of the foundations was also completed. In addition to the 41 jacket foundations, which are used from a depth of 35 metres below sea level, all 39 monopile foundations (up to 35 metres below sea level) were installed. Altogether, about 80,000 tonnes of steel were used for the 80 foundations.
Now that 50Hertz, the responsible transmission grid operator, has put the first of the two 150-kilovolt sea cables and the required technology on the wind farm platform into trial operation, the wind power plants can be connected to the grid one after the other. In the end the wind farm with its 80 wind power plants will have a total output of 288 megawatts. As a result, every year approx. 1,200 gigawatt hours of electricity can be generated for, theoretically, about 340,000 households, saving around 900,000 tonnes of CO2.
In 2011 EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG commissioned the first commercial offshore wind warm in Germany with EnBW Baltic 1. In the offshore segment, EnBW has a project portfolio of altogether about 1,900 MW, which makes it the No. 1 in offshore energy in Germany.