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According to the German Wikipedia, 267 and 268 GWh in 2011 and 2012 (against a predicted 220 GWh a year). Both of these correspond to an astronomical capacity factor of 50.8%. But we haven't seen its performance in a bad wind year yet.
And within a few months, the industry will suddenly change from being a nice idea to becoming a tangible reality, with more than 1 GW of capacity installed and a lot of people directly involved.
If I calculated right, the in-construction + in operation capacity add up to a bit over 1.75 GW. Nice. About when will all of that be on-line?
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
About when will all of that be on-line?
...and how much capacity is there in total on the German continental shelf, if it were all built out?
The Wartungskosten (O&M costs) are indeed high to create such performance, but again, Alpha Ventus is a test field. Each manufacturer has only six turbines, so optimizing costs is not even in question. But as a test bed for high capacity commercial installations, it is a completely successful operation. Remember, this is the first of the deep water, far afield offshore projects.
As for when German first round projects will be online, the delays to date rest primarily on the shoulders of the grid operator, TenneT, and its converter station suppliers. To make lemonade out of lemons, this delay has given manufacturers and logistics suppliers (vessels) more time to optimize procedure.
The German government is actually responsible for the unlikelihood it will meet its 2020 installation target. Also remember that unlike every other EU country, Germany opted to avoid all near shore controversy, by beginning in deep water at great distance.
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