Construction phase for 2 wind turbines of the type Enercon E82 is commissioned. Enova acts as a service provider for the Stadtwerke Neuss.

The approval was already given in January 2015. However, the approval was legally fought against by a citizens group. Only in the second instance and one-and-a-half-year duration of proceedings the approval was feasible in the obtained form. Without further delay the execution planning and the appropriate construction execution started.

Current state: access road is constructed. Fundament pit and fundaments are built. Crane assembling for the tower building is planned for KW 40.

Until then the civil engineering measures will be finished. The laying of the cable route will happen parallel to the construction of the wind turbine.

The goal to put into operation with both wind turbines at the end of the year is ensured according to the current planning stage ENOVA is in charge of the surveillance of all construction end the appropriate interface management.


E112 Nearshore – ENOVA received order for approval planning.

Within the scope of a service for the nearshore WEA Enercon E112 in Emden, ENOVA was commissioned with the approval planning for the provision of a crane pontoon on the water side and corresponding preparatory measures.

As ENOVA was already in charge of planning the approval as part of the construction of the WEA subject of the application, the available services were used for the approval planning of the upcoming service on the existing know-how of ENOVA.

All the requisite applications and all the necessary authorizations have been duly obtained, despite the tight schedule, thanks to ENOVA’s experience and close contact with the parties involved in the procedure.

Meanwhile, the service intervention on the wind turbine has been successfully realized.

Federal Network Agency: Riffgat will feed in up to 113.4 MW – decision in the first proceedings for the allocation of offshore connection capacity

The Federal Network Agency has currently selected applications for permission to participate in the capacity allocation process and the respectively made decisions about the connection capacities. ENOVA filed such a request for the Riffgat Offshore Wind Farm.
Of the eleven applications submitted by offshore wind farm operators, eight applications were approved, among others a request filed by EWE AG and ENOVA for a so-called power upgrade for the Riffgat Offshore Wind Farm.

This upgrade enables a performance increase of 5.4 MW for all 30 wind turbines and produces a yield increase of more than 2 percent. The total output increases from the original 108 megawatts (MW) to now 113.4 MW.

The process, established in August, for allocation of the connection capacity has been proven in practice, according to Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency. Applicants would use the opportunity to orient their requests to the actual connection potential. A cross-cluster auction of connection capacity could thus be avoided, says Homann. This enables a speedy conclusion to the process, and is in the economic interest of the offshore facility operator, Homann adds.

Repowering Memgaste

This year in the municipality of Moormerland, a wind turbine built in 1992 by ENOVA was repowered. The site is located in the northern district of Leer and is one of the oldest wind energy projects in ENOVA’s portfolio.

Repowering replaces the existing wind turbine with a newer and more powerful one. The site’s yield can thus be optimized and the Memgaste wind turbine’s energy output is tripled. The old system, Type Icon M 530 had a rated output of 250 KW and a hub height of 30 meters. Its rotor diameter was 26 meters. In its place is now an Enercon E-53 with a rated output of 800 KW, a hub height of about 73 meters, and a rotor diameter of 52.9 meters.
In October, the tower parts for the wind turbine were delivered and quickly installed. The final assembly of the enclosure, hub, and rotor blades was completed in November of this year. In December, the wind power plant was put into operation.

For ENOVA, Memgaste is the third successful repowering project, in addition to a single system in Neermoor and the Holgaste Wind Farm.

INNOGY Nordsee 2 and 3 obtain approval

On August 27, 2013 the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) granted approval for the offshore wind farms Innogy Nordsee 2 and 3, initiated by the East Frisian ENOVA Group. The BSH therewith approved another 108 wind turbines. Fourty-eight wind turbines account for Innogy Nordsee 2, sixty on Innogy Nordsee 3. The project areas are part of the wind farm cluster Innogy Nordsee 1, 2, and 3, located about 40 kilometers off the island of Juist. Up to 162 wind turbines can be installed with a capacity of approximately 1,000 megawatts (MW). Innogy Nordsee 1 already received approval from the BSH in April 2012.

With this approval, Germany’s largest offshore wind farm complex is now fully developed. ENOVA initiated the project as a project developer. At the end of 2008, RWE Innogy GmbH acquired the project rights and divided the territory into three subareas. ENOVA led the development of the projects through to granting of approval. For ENOVA, this is already the sixth approval for an offshore wind farm. ENOVA here again demonstrates its position as one of the largest offshore project developers in Germany. Further projects for which ENOVA obtained approval include the offshore wind farms Delta Nordsee 1 and 2, and the recently completed wind farm RIFFGAT in the 12-mile zone.

Offshore wind farm RIFFGAT inaugurated

This past weekend, Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm Riffgat was inaugurated. Present at the ceremony was Lower Saxony Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD). During a sightseeing flight, Weil was shown the systems by EWE CEO Werner Brinker. Weil spoke of a pioneering project for future technologies.

The reason for opening the wind farm without electricity production is the very lengthy recovery of the polluted munitions areas, which delayed connection to the power grid.

Prime Minister Stephen Weil (SPD) congratulated those responsible for the completion of construction and called for an expansion of offshore wind farms. Offshore wind energy is able to provide baseload and is therefore the technology Germany needs to compensate for nuclear power.