The German Bard Group is building a substantial portfolio of offshore projects in which to deploy its own 5 MW turbine, two prototypes of which have been running on land since November and May, respectively, at the port of Emden on Germany's North Sea coast. A third machine is being installed this month in a water depth of two to eight metres, depending on the stage of the tide, near the port of Wilhelmshaven, some 400 metres from land. If tests of the machine go well, Bard is intending to use it in a series of projects, including four more for which it submitted site permit applications recently to bring its total planned offshore capacity in Germany to 3.2 GW from eight projects. One of these, Bard Offshore 1, is already permitted. All projects have an initial 400 MW capacity rating, allowing for use of 80 machines at each site. Installation at Bard Offshore 1 is due to begin in spring 2009. The other German projects are Veja Mate, Deutsche Bucht, Austerngrund, Aquamarin, Bernstein, Citrin and Diamant. The company has also applied to build three offshore wind farms in the Dutch North Sea. The first Dutch project, Bard Offshore NL 1, is slated for a site 60 kilometres north of the west Frisian islands of Ameland and Schiermonnikoog, close to the German border. Again planned at 400 MW, Bard expects to get a permit for the project later this summer.
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