Nine companies in Schleswig-Holstein have set up a working group to tackle the planning and installation of a large offshore wind station in the bay of Lübeck at the western end of the Baltic Sea, reports the project co-ordinator, Schleswig-Holsteinische Offshore-Windpark Verwaltung (SHOW-VG). The offshore working group includes three WIND turbine manufacturers-Husumer Schiffswerft and Vestas Deutschland of Husum and Jacobs Energie of Heide-as well as engineering company Aerodyn Energiesysteme in Rendsburg. Germanischer Lloyd of Hamburg will examine certification issues. Other members include wind turbine testing company Windtest Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog, the independent planning office Gesellschaft für Energie und Ökologie and SHOW-VG. The ninth participant is the Schleswig-Holstein investment bank, which has taken on an advisory role.
The wind station is planned to comprise at least 64 turbines, with each manufacturer supplying an equal number of machines. Aerodyn will also test its 5 MW multibrid design now on the drawing board (Windpower Monthly, September 1998) as part of the project. A planning application was lodged with the Schleswig-Holstein regional authority in December. The wind station is slated to go into operation before the end of next year, says SHOW-VG.