German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation, Germany
Offshore wind energy has gained in importance in Germany not only since the official opening of the test site "alpha ventus" in April 2010. Over 20 wind farms are already approved in the North Sea, five in the Baltic Sea. The first commercial parks are under construction.
The German Government supports the use of renewable energies and has set the target of more than 30 percent renewables by 2020.
The coastal areas have also started to exploit the economic possibilities which result from the use of renewable energy more specifically, offshore wind energy.
Along the North Sea, the cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven and Emden have developed dedicated construction and shipping areas for offshore wind energy. In the Baltic Sea the city of Rostock as well as the ferry harbour of Sassnitz Mukran can be mentioned.
The German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation was created in 2005 with support from the Ministry of Environment. The main idea behind the establishment of the Foundation was to have an independent institution that supports the expansion of offshore wind energy.
Another important task of the Foundation is to pass on know how to the stakeholders in the offshore wind energy industry.
The Foundation has gained a lot of experience by accompanying the construction of the test site "alpha ventus". The German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation is the owner of the project right of the test site.
Reason for participating in “South Baltic OFFER”
The German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation supports the expansion of offshore wind energy in Germany and is therefore participating in the South Baltic OFFER project.