Realisation of a new wind farm in Saxony-Anhalt with 24 MW capacity in own operation
With the successful participation in the tender, the second repowering project for EDF Renewables in Germany is in the starting blocks: The Ellingen-Krusemark wind farm, which went into operation in 2005 in the district of Stendal in Saxony-Anhalt. A new wind farm with four wind turbines and a total rated output of 24 MW is to be built there in 2024. The old turbines will be sent abroad, where they will be overhauled and continued to operate. Thanks to powerful turbines of the latest generation and a hub height of 166 metres, production on site can be more than doubled, although the number of turbines will be halved in the course of dismantling.
Already in 2018, the Eckolstädt wind farm was rebuilt as part of a repowering project and the installed capacity was increased from 14.5 MW to 34.5 MW. With the commissioning of the repowered wind farm Ellingen-Krusemark, the portfolio of repowering projects of EDF Renewables Deutschland increases to 58.5 MW.
Repowering important for the energy transition, alongside new construction
Repowering – i.e. the use of more powerful turbines and the continued use of the site – is an important and sustainable building block for achieving the German government's climate targets: 80 percent of electricity is to come from renewable energies by 2030.
"We are very pleased to have been given the go-ahead for the Ellingen-Krusemark wind farm and thus the opportunity to endow one of our oldest wind farms with a second life. It further contributes to the growth of our own onshore wind portfolio, which already amounts to 173 MW. In addition, we will continue to drive forward our commitment to the energy transition in the areas of offshore wind as well as PV and battery storage. This also includes the increasingly efficient and environmentally conscious development of repowering projects in our own portfolio – and of course future projects that we would like to acquire," adds Johnathan Fraser, CEO of EDF Renewables Deutschland.