German engineering company and wind turbine developer Aerodyn Energisysteme has drawn up plans for a 300 MW offshore wind farm in which the company hopes to use its new 5 MW unit. The site is located 40 kilometres from the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein, near the Wattenmeer Offshore National Park, says Aerodyn's Anja Prehm. Wind speeds in the area are 9.5 m/s at a height of 75 metres, calculated to yield 520 W/m2. Aerodyn claims that its 5 MW "Multibrid" turbine (Windpower Monthly, September 1998), can produce wind power at EUR 0.042-0.047/ kWh. Prehm notes that the logistics of moving components for such large machines make it imperative that manufacture takes place at the coast-preferably at a shipyard. Other developers have had their sights set on the location for offshore wind projects, although politicians from Schleswig-Holstein, while supportive, have warned that the proximity to the national park could bring conflicts with environmentalists (Windpower Monthly, January 1995).
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