Applications for 99 offshore wind farms representing 38.8GW of capacity have been lodged for sites in German coastal waters and exclusive economic zones of the North Sea and Baltic Sea, according to data released today by Germany's federal transport ministry.
Eighty-two of the projects are planned for the North Sea, amounting to nearly 35GW. The other 17 will be in the Baltic Sea. Added to the 29 wind farms that already have construction permits, they bring Germany's total pipeline to 128 projects with nearly 10,000 turbines and 49.2GW capacity.
Most of the permitted projects are in the North Sea (26 wind farms, 9.2GW), with the remainder in the Baltic Sea. Fifteen projects are at various stages of implementation and two are partly or fully in operation, the ministry said. These are the 12-turbine 60MW Alpha Ventus and around 20 5MW turbines, out of a total 80 being installed at Bard Offshore 1.