Stuttgart/Karlsruhe. In Barhöft, a town in the Klausdorf District near Stralsund, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG is to build a service station for its offshore wind farm EnBW Baltic 1. By signing the purchase contract, the route has been set for the start of construction at a former barracks. EnBW in planning the complete construction of the service station with offices, a workshop and a warehouse. The new building will be appealingly designed and fit attractively into the landscape.
With EnBW Baltic 1, EnBW is currently building the first commercial offshore wind farm in the German Baltic. The service station in Barhöft will house the control room and service support. The operational functions of EnBW Baltic 1 will be monitored from here, and the service and maintenance work will also be performed.
"EnBW Baltic 1 is a flagship project for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the area of renewable energies. We have involved more than 20 companies of the state in the project and we have now increased our order volume to around 48 million Euro," says Stefan Thiele, Spokesperson for the Managing Board of EnBW Erneuerbare Energien GmbH. EnBW will recruit up to 12 new employees for the service station in Barhöft.
EnBW Baltic 1 will cover an area of around 7 square kilometres with 21 wind turbines with a total output of around 50 megawatts. The offshore wind farm will generate 185 GWh of electricity a year for around 50,000 households. Overall, EnBW is planning to build four offshore wind farms in the Baltic and the North Sea by the end of 2015, with a total output of around 1200 megawatts.
The aim of EnBW is to increase the proportion of renewable energies in its energy mix to around 20 percent by 2020. Apart from expanding onshore and offshore wind energy, alongside its traditionally high commitment to hydropower, EnBW is also using other mature technologies such as solar energy, biomass and biogas.