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Wind energy planning activities in 2019 in Germany

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In 2019, a total of 970 MW were connected to the grid, which was the lowest value in over 20 years. These MW were primarily connected to the grid by independent planners, as only two wind farms were built by utilities in Germany in 2019.

Vestas achieved the top position in Germany for the first time in 2019, which was a turning point, as Enercon had the highest market share every year to date. This was accomplished with almost 40% of the installed megawatts. Enercon, the eternal leader, was still able to achieve 35%. Nordex installed 13% of the total megawatts and thus achieved third place. Other manufacturers that were active in Germany in 2019 was GE (60 MW), ENO (32 MW), Senvion (24 MW) and Siemens Gamesa (10 MW).

A total of 282 wind turbines, spread over 26 different types of wind turbines, were installed. It should be noted that, due to the simplification, wind turbines with the same MW number but different rotor sizes have been combined.

With almost 180 MW, the V112, 117, 126, 136 from Vestas with 3.45 MW was the most frequently installed wind turbine. This was followed by the E141 from Enercon with 4.2 MW and the V112, 117, 126 again from Vestas with almost 100 MW. It is noticeable that only Enercon and Senvion have built wind turbines below 3 MW. The highest number of megawatts for a wind turbine installed in 2019 was a Nordex N133 with 4.8 MW.

Wind power plants were installed in all of the large states, i.e. only in the city states of Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen was there an absolute calm.

The highest number of installations was installed in Brandenburg with almost 230 megawatts. Vestas built the lion's share of this with 60%, followed by Enercon and GE with over 10%. Other manufacturers were Senvion, Nordex and ENO.

Lower Saxony reached second place in the country ranking with over 160 MW, whereby here in Enercon's home country, Enercon also achieved first place with 50%. Nordex came in second with the highest MW figure achieved in any federal state of over 40 and therefore over 25%. Vestas has achieved just under 20% and Siemens Gamesa has built its only wind farm.

North Rhine-Westphalia. Rhineland-Palatinate and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania fought for third place and NRW was ahead with 125 MW, ahead of RLP with 120 and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The other installation numbers per federal state were Thuringia (49), Schleswig-Holstein (40), Saxony-Anhalt (39), Hesse (24), Bavaria (18), Saxony (17), Baden-Württemberg (16.5) and that Saarland with 14 megawatts.

The most successful planning companies of 2019 were all independent planners. What is striking is the trend that successful companies from the previous year hardly installed any further systems, probably because of the long planning horizon for wind farms. A total of 60 planning companies were active, erecting an average wind turbine size of 3.27.

Almost 2,000 megawatts were built offshore in six wind farms, all of which are located on the Lower Saxony coast. Vestas accounted for 740 MW of this, Siemens Gamesa 610, GE and Alstom 396 and Senvion built a wind farm with almost 200 MW.

 

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