First offshore turbine to go up off port of Wilhelmshaven

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The first offshore wind turbine in German waters, an Enercon 4.5 MW machine, will be installed next year north of the port of Wilhelmshaven in Lower Saxony, says project developer Winkra. Siting approval for the turbine was granted by the Weser-Ems regional government last month. The turbine is expected to generate 16 million kWh annually, or sufficient electricity for 4500 households. It will be tested for three years after which series machines may then be produced for use "on the high seas." Winkra Energie is developing two large offshore stations. It hopes to install 230 turbines north of the island of Helgoland in the North Sea and 200 turbines east of Rügen, beginning in 2006. It will use machines from a number of manufacturers. Meanwhile, Enercon plans to install the onshore prototype of the E112, 4.5 MW machine this month at Egeln, near its production facility at Magdeburg.

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