German politicians have approved legislation that will enable offshore wind turbines, foundations and installation concepts to be tested at sites in the Baltic.
The decision taken by the Bundestag, an amendment to the Grid Expansion Acceleration Act (NABEG 2.0), will enable testing locations in the Baltic to be quickly connected to the grid. The test areas were originally proposed by the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
The decision was welcomed by the Offshore-Windenergie Foundation, whose managing director Andreas Wagner said, “For years, the foundation has been committed to rapid implementation of the grid connection for the test sites. The decision of the Bundestag opens the door to innovation and research at an industrial location in German waters.”
As part of a project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the foundation is working on the technical and logistic prerequisites for the sites to be established. Since March 2019 it has been working on a plan to determine the needs of the industry and on selection criteria for the technology that will be tested at the sites.
The project has a duration of four years and is due to be completed in February 2023.
“As in the alpha ventus test field, the research in the new test fields will see co-operation between industry and research institutions,” said the offshore wind foundation. “In addition to new wind turbines, new installation and logistics concepts will also be tested.”