Germany To Connect To North Sea Wind Farms

Germany To Connect To North Sea Wind Farms

ABB Group, one of the biggest engineering companies in the world, issued a statement yesterday on their official website that they have won a $1 billion order from TenneT Holding BV, a German-Dutch company, to provide a connection between North Sea wind farms and Germany (their mainland grid). ABB Group is one of the biggest conglomerates in the world with over 120,000 employees and is based in Zurich, Switzerland. They said that this order is the biggest in their history and thus very important to them. The link in question, once completed, will be able to supply more than 1.6 million households with clean energy. ABB will be in charge of designing, engineering, supplying and installing all the equipment necessary for such a high-end project.

The whole system will be ready to go live in 2015, they predict. What is amazing about the whole project is that it will prevent over 3 million tonnes of CO2 to be released into the atmosphere per year (when compared to fossil fuel consumption).

Germany currently has around 30 gigawatts of operational wind energy capacity, and that is enough for about 10% of their total energy needs. Their plan is to increase by 100% by 2020.

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