Erlangen, Germany, October 12, 2010 – One of the world’s largest offshore wind power plants has begun operations in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Denmark. E.ON opened the Rodsand II project, with 90 Siemens offshore wind turbines.
Siemens erected the 90 wind turbines, each with 2.3 MW capacity and a rotor diameter of 300 feet, in just 122 days, six weeks ahead of schedule. E.ON will use Rodsand II to supply over 200,000 Danish households with sustainably produced electricity.
Siemens Energy received the order for the construction of Rodsand II from Germany-based utility E.ON in 2008. This new large-scale project is located to the south of the island of Lolland in the Baltic Sea, and its installed capacity of 207 MW makes it one of the largest offshore wind power plants in the world.
Its predecessor offshore wind project Rodsand I, two miles to the west, began operations in 2003. It has 72 turbines of 2.3 MW each, which were delivered and installed by Siemens for the Danish utility DONG Energy.
As announced by Siemens back in May 2009, the next milestone in the cooperation between E.ON and Siemens will be construction of the London Array off the coast of Great Britain. This project will be the world’s first gigawatt-class offshore wind power plant.
In the first stage, Siemens will supply 175 wind turbines of 3.6 MW each to the London Array owners’ consortium, which includes E.ON, DONG Energy and Masdar Power, a renewable energy project developer. The London Array wind park output will be sufficient to power around 750,000 British households with environmentally friendly electricity, or about a quarter of the population of metropolitan London.