Windpower Monthly rating 3/5
Our rating is based on a combination of project pipeline, political and policy support, investor confidence and structural readiness of the country in terms of grid infrastructure, permitting process and local supply chain.
Forecast of installed and operating wind power capacity based on the latest statisitics and measured against the Windpower Intelligence database.
Onshore wind plays the dominant role in terms of generation of electricity from renewable sources in Germany. Over the years, however, political support for renewables diminished to a certain degree.
The current German Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2017) introduced the shift from feed-in tariffs to an auction model for onshore wind installations. There have been some teething problems with the auction system, which initially favoured small citizens projects despite lacking planning permits.
New coalition government is expected to raise the 2019-20 allocation for onshore wind installations from 5.7GW to 9.7GW, although an official announcement is yet to be made.
The rate of new installations is strong, despite the shift from feed-in tariffs to an auction model for onshore wind installations prompting price reductions and lower margins for investors. Initial problems with the auction system are being addressed but it has caused a significant slow down in project permitting.
Overall, Germany has a good and well developed grid infrastructure. Still, improvements in particular in the transmission grid infrastructure are necessary — particularly to clear the north-south bottleneck in central Germany — and respective legislation to facilitate an accelerated upgrading has been passed.
The lack of grid capacity in some areas may occasionally impair the continuous off-taking of the electricity generated. Overall, there are no serious limitations in obtaining grid connection for onshore greenfield projects.
The slowdown decimating Germany's onshore sector has come as little surprise. Following the 2017 tenders -- which were dominated by citizen-owned projects that have longer development times because they did not need permits to enter -- it was clear to most in the industry that there would be a dip in installations.
German technology developer Adion Technologies believes its medium-speed gear and toothed-belt hybrid gearbox concept for turbines up to 20MW will become a wind industry game changer. Eize de Vries finds out why.
Enercon's E-147 EP5 prototype will soon be ready for rollout, marking another significant step in the manufacturer's technology transition. Eize de Vries reports exclusively from Enercon's research and development centre in Aurich.
An open-air museum in Germany brings together a unique collection of more than 30 historic wind turbines built from the late 1970s until 1997, from one-off home experiments to some of the earliest models from major manufacturers.
Thyssenkrupp Rothe Erde's single momentum rotor bearings are incorporated in large-scale direct-drive and geared turbines, and they will soon enter the 10MW offshore range. Eize de Vries talks exclusively with senior engineers about the company's latest product and R&D advances, and visits its massive new outdoor rotor and pitch bearing test rig.
The 203MW Trianel Windpark Borkum II project is facing reduced revenues as it misses out on a subsidy deadline caused, in part, by Senvion's insolvency procedures.
Ørsted and German chemicals firm Covestro have signed a 100MW power purchase agreement to cover a portion of the output from the 900MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 site, under development in the North Sea.
Country's leading OEM cuts 3,000 jobs and will cease domestic blade manufacturing as it tries to reposition itself in tough global market.
The offshore wind sector has the technology, the skills and the workforce to build volume and help fight climate change, but it is under "unprecedented pressure", Gunnar Groebler told delegates at the WindEurope Offshore 2019 conference and exhibition in Copenhagen.
Germany's new climate protection law, passed by parliament on 15 November, has crushed the sector's hopes that would help pull wind energy out of its current dramatic collapse as more details emerged. Renewables and energy associations have appealed to the government to reconsider its approach.