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Germany increases capacity by 659MW

GERMANY: Germany added 659MW of new capacity in the first half of 2010, raising the total to 26.3GW.

Germany's capacity has been driven by both offshore and onshore developments
Germany's capacity has been driven by both offshore and onshore developments

The additions in the January to June period include two 5MW offshore turbines with together 10MW and 6.9MW of repowering, in which three turbines with 2.3MW each replaced 8 turbines with a total 2.88MW, according to German wind energy institute DEWI (Deutsches Windenergie-Institut).

Due to relatively poor winds, generation in the first half of 2010 was unremarkable, however, totalling 18.3TWh, on a par with wind generation in the first half of 2009 despite the increase in installed capacity, according to statistics organisation AGEE (Arbeitsgruppe Erneuerbare Energien).

For comparison, in a normal wind year, 26,387MW of wind capacity would generate about 47.8TWh over the 12-month period, according to DEWI.     

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