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A new wind turbine has gone online in Lüdenscheid in the region of South Westphalia. Initiated and financed by the Stadtwerke Iserlohn (utilities company) and ENERVIE, the building and testing work on the turbine was successfully completed according to schedule – a spectacular sight, with a 600-tonne crawler crane gradually installing the 24 round concrete segments one by one. 46 metres of steel, consisting of two round components, were then added to the 87-metre concrete tower. All in all, the wind turbine (plus its rotor blades) now measures 195 metres from top to bottom and can be found on the edge of the Verse Dam.
The project began back in the summer of 2016 when Mark-E, a fully owned subsidiary of ENERVIE, and Stadtwerke Iserlohn founded the joint venture, Windkraft Versetalsperre GmbH & Co KG. Together, the two partners have invested around 5 million euros to build this three megawatt wind turbine. Situated on the windiest spot of the Verse Dam around 460 metres above sea level, they are expecting it to produce approx. 7.5 million kilowatt hours of green, environmentally friendly electricity every year. Enough power, therefore, to cover the needs of more than 2,000 average households. Looking at the current electricity mix in Germany, this wind turbine will reduce carbon emissions by ca. 110,000 tonnes over a 20-year period.
“Everyone involved in this project did an excellent job from start to finish.”
Erik Höhne, ENERVIE Board Spokesman
“Everyone involved in this project did an excellent job from start to finish. We now hope that the turbine’s operations will run smoothly,” commented Erik Höhne, ENERVIE board spokesman, summing up the work so far. Mark-E developed and implemented the project itself with its own personnel and its own know-how. It was responsible for the whole of the infrastructure and monitored the building work every step of the way. Dr Klaus Weimer, managing director of Stadtwerke Iserlohn, and Erik Höhne joined representatives of all the companies involved in the construction work to see the key being handed over to officially open the turbine. The Enervie Group will continue to be in charge of the technical operations whilst the project financing and the commercial operations remain in the hands of Stadtwerke Iserlohn.
|The Verse Dam wind turbine: a few facts & figures:|
|Building work began:||August 2016|
|Building work ended / turbine commissioned:||end of March 2017|
|Investment sum:||ca. 5 million euros|
|Type of wind turbine:||Enercon E-115|
|Total height:||195 metres|
|Expected power output / year:||ca. 7.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh)|
|Carbon emission savings / year*:||ca. 5,500 tonnes|
|Operator:||Windkraft Versetalsperre GmbH & Co. KG|
*compared to the German electricity mix
Source: ENERVIE – Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG