Vikings offshore wind farm makes first power delivery to the grid
A new offshore wind farm, dubbed Wikinger – which is the German translation of Viking – has fed electricity to the grid for the first time.
Iberdrola developed and will operate the 350MW capacity wind farm, which is the Spanish firm’s first offshore wind farm in Germany.
The farm consists of 70 Adewen turbines, and is the result of a €1.4bn (US$1.68bn) investment.
Wikinger is located in the northeast of the Rügen island in the Baltic Sea, and is expected to supply 350,000 homes with renewable energy – more than 20% of the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state in Gemrnay.
“With the power supply, we have mastered the decisive project step,” reported Jürgen Blume, Managing Director of Iberdrola Renovables Offshore Deutschland GmbH.
“At this important point, we once again have to thank the companies, authorities and employees involved.”
“Without their participation, we could not announce the successful feed-in today,” Blume added.
During the 18-month installation phase, hundreds of jobs were created, with 80km of cabling, a transformer platform, 70 jacket foundations, and turbines being installed on the 34sqkm site.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.