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Siemens opens Denmark’s largest offshore wind power plant

Siemens has officially opened the Anholt offshore wind power plant, Denmark’s largest wind power project, with a total electrical generating capacity of 400 MW.

<p>The plant comprises 111 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.6 MW and a rotor diameter of 120 m. The wind project is owned by Danish utility company <a href="http://www.dongenergy.com">DONG Energy</a> (50 per cent) as well as the two pension fund companies <a href="http://www.pension.dk">Pension Danmark</a> (30 per cent) and <a href="http://www.pka.dk">PKA</a> (20 per cent). In addition, together with DONG Energy, <a href="http://www.siemens.com">Siemens</a> will handle the wind projects&rsquo; maintenance for a period of five years. The total electrical generating capacity will be sufficient to supply about 400,000 Danish households with clean electricity, covering about four per cent of Denmark&rsquo;s overall power demand.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Anholt offshore wind power plant is located off Denmark&rsquo;s eastern coast, about 20 km northeast of the Jutland peninsula. Over a period of less than nine months, Siemens installed all 111 wind turbines over a surface area of 88 square km in water depths of up to 19 m. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;So far, Siemens has installed more than 3,900 megawatts of offshore wind power capacity,&rdquo; said Markus Tacke, CEO of the wind power division at Siemens' energy sector. &ldquo;Our projects are reaching the magnitude of fossil-fuel power plants and we are making significant progress with efforts to industrialize offshore wind power, thereby further reducing the costs of offshore wind power.&rdquo;</p> <p>Currently, Siemens has orders for offshore projects totalling a capacity of about 5 GW.</p> <p>The Danish government is planning to meet one half of the country&rsquo;s demand for electricity with wind power by 2020. As of 2012, wind power already accounted for about 30 per cent of that nation&rsquo;s generated electricity. Denmark&rsquo;s target is to become independent of fossil fuels for electrical power generation by 2050.</p>

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