One project – two high-performance partners
Wind energy is one of the renewable energy sources with the highest potential for development and has become a key element in the energy sector. The expansion of our offshore wind power facilities, in particular, is a major component of our business strategy; our aim is to gradually reduce the CO2emissions resulting from our energy production and to produce climate-neutral energy by 2050.
The DanTysk offshore wind farm marks another important step along the way to a low-emission energy future: once completed, the farm will reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1.5 million tonnes every year.
The joint venture DanTysk Offshore Wind GmbH was founded on 21 November 2010 to enable the realisation of this project, with Vattenfall owning 51 percent of the shares and SWM 49 percent. Vattenfall is responsible for the construction and operation of the wind farm which, with a total capacity of 288 megawatts, should be able to provide green energy for up to 400,000 homes by the end of 2013. A total sum of more than one billion euros has been invested in the project.
Vattenfall is one of the leading energy companies in Europe; it mainly operates in the fields of energy production and supply. The growth of the wind energy sector played a crucial role in Vattenfall's decision to switch all of its energy production to climate-neutral resources by the year 2050. As part of this initiative, the company plans to invest roughly 4 billion euros over the next 4 years in the expansion of wind energy projects, both on land and offshore. All projects which fall under the category of wind energy are grouped together to form part of the Renewables Business Division. The company Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmbH was founded in 2009 to further encourage the development and construction of wind farms in Germany. In Hamburg alone the company's constantly-growing wind energy team currently consists of around 70 employees.
Vattenfall operates wind farms in five European countries with a total output of around 1,400 megawatts. In terms of energy production from offshore wind, the company is the second most productive in the world with a total of nine offshore wind farms. It was also one of the partners involved in the realisation of Germany's first offshore wind farm – Alpha Ventus. In total, Vattenfall has access to approximately 1500 megawatts of offshore wind power in the German North Sea: projects which are either in the planning, authorisation or construction phase. Vattenfall is also supporting the development and construction of wind farms onshore, especially in northern, central and eastern Germany.
DanTysk is one of the largest offshore projects in the German North Sea. The lessons learnt from Vattenfall's involvement in the Alpha Ventus wind farm will certainly be extremely valuable on this project.
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Stadtwerke München (SWM)
SWM is the municipal utility company and service provider for the Bavarian state capital of Munich and is one of Germany's largest energy and infrastructure companies. By 2025 SWM aims to produce enough green energy through its own generation plants to cover the energy needs of the entire city of Munich – that's roughly 7.5 billion kilowatt hours per year. With this, Munich would become the first city in the world with over 1 million inhabitants to have reached this target. Wind energy will play a crucial role in achieving this goal. As well as the DanTysk wind farm, SWM are also involved in the Gwynt y Môr offshore farm in the Irish Sea and the Global Tech I project in the North Sea. The company also owns several onshore wind farms.
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