ENOVA had already submitted the BImSchG application in the summer of 2014 for the realization of two wind turbines for Stadtwerke Neuss. For the wind farm project ENOVA was commissioned in May 2013 with the approval planning of two wind turbines. Now the final approval was granted for the wind farm project. The planned wind turbines have a nominal output of up to 2.3 MW, a rotor diameter of up to 82m and a total height of around 180m. At present, preparations are being made for the implementation of the access route and the cable route. The two wind turbines are to be built in the Neuss-Hoisten district and provide electrical energy for approximately 3,000 households in the region.
Northland and RWE are also joint owners of the North Sea 2 and North Sea 3 projects, which are still in the early stages of development. These projects (formerly Innogy Nordsee 1-3) have initiated the ENOVA group of companies and have taken over the approval planning. In 2008, the project rights of the offshore wind farms were sold to RWE Innogy GmbH. After the sale, the project area was divided into three segments of almost equal size. As a project developer, ENOVA continues to be entrusted with the development of all three wind farm areas until approval.
The project area for the planned offshore wind farm “Nordsee One” is located 40 kilometers north of the island of Juist in water depths of up to 29 meters. A total of 54 wind turbines of the 6 MW class are to be erected there. The construction of the offshore components is sheduled in 2016. Commercial operation is planned for the end of 2017. After commissioning, “Nordsee One” will supply around 400,000 German households with renewable electricity.
The North Sea 2 and 3 projects have a total output of 670 MW and will be developed over the next ten years.
ENOVA is planning nationwide projects in the field of onshore wind energy. For the current projects in Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse, ENOVA brings in its many years of experience as a service provider.
ENOVA was commissioned by Klingel Papierwerk GmbH & Co. KG in Weener with the design and approval planning for the repowering of an existing 1MW wind energy plant. For this purpose, the application was submitted in August 2014 in accordance with the Federal Immission Control Act. The new 3 MW ENERCON E-101 wind turbine will replace a NORDEX N52 turbine. In addition to the supply to the public grid, there is the technical possibility of direct self-consumption in the connected Klingele Papierwerk.
For Stadtwerke Neuss, ENOVA is entrusted with the realization of two wind turbines of the multi-megawatt class. For this purpose, in the summer of 2014 the BImSchG application was submitted to the competent authority, for which the draft approval has meanwhile been submitted. A final version is expected shortly. The planned plants will supply electrical energy for about 3,000 households in the region.
The BImSchG approval is also currently expected for the project in Gemünden, upon receipt of which the construction phase will begin. The wind farm, consisting of eleven Nordex N117 wind turbines, with a capacity of 26.4 megawatts, is expected to go into operation in 2015. The client is the Verbands-Energie-Werk (VEW) Gesellschaft für Erneuerbare Energien mbH, which will also operate the wind farm. In the future, about 23,000 households should receive clean electricity from wind energy.
In Kaiserslautern, the ENOVA Group plans in cooperation with Thüga Erneuerbare Energien GmbH & Co. KG and SWK Stadtwerke Kaiserslautern Versorgungs-AG two wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3 megawatts. For this purpose, the company Stadtwerke Wind Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 2013, in which the cooperation partners each have a one-third share.
The development of the Kaiserslautern wind farm is progressing as planned. The permit application for the construction of a wind measuring tower was recently submitted. The wind measurement mast is used to measure the wind speed at various altitudes in m/s (meters per second) in order to estimate how much electric energy the plants will convert. The wind measurement is carried out for about one year and after completion of the measurement, the wind measuring mast is dismantled again.
According to previous results of the research on species protection, it is assumed that the wind farm can be operated without significant restrictions. “We see very good conditions and are confident that we will be able to finish the park in 2016,” says Dirk Warnecke, technical director at ENOVA and one of the managing directors of the operating company. The wind energy produced in the future is destined for the region and will supply approx. 4,400 households with green electricity.
On November 27th and 28th the Wind Energy Days NRW take place in Bad Driburg. The event is a central meeting place for operators, planners and project developers. ENOVA will also participate in the industry get-together and is a sponsor of the industry meeting point.
The ENOVA Group is currently active with several wind farm projects in North Rhine-Westphalia and is further expanding its involvement in the fourth largest federal state.
Against the background of the decision of the amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) shortly before the summer break, planning and licensing issues at the state level are assumed on the wind energy days. Topics include the marketing of wind energy in the electricity market of the future, the financing of new projects under changed legal conditions as well as current legal issues of planning and approval practice in NRW.
On Friday, October 24 the Foreign Minister of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD), together with the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, signed a treaty addressing the border in the Ems estuary area. The exact boundary line between the two countries has been unclear since the 15th century.
A new version of the Ems-Dollard Treaty, signed in 1960 “in the spirit of good neighborliness”, had become necessary as the construction of Riffgat brought up jurisdictional issues regarding the permit legislation.
The treaty will place the Riffgat Wind Farm – a joint project between ENOVA and EWE AG – on a “secure base according to international law,” according to the Foreign Office. Thus there is now legal security for both operators and investors.
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.
ENOVA turns 25 – and will celebrate this birthday with a new corporate design.
The key date was September 23: The new corporate design was to be ready just in time for the start of the “Wind Energy 2014”. It worked! Visitors to the exhibition won’t miss the new, bright red booth. The new corporate image will be presented during the anniversary celebration on September 26 to business partners, companions, and friends of the company, at the Friesian horse breeding farm Brümmer “The Polderhof”, next to ENOVA headquarters.
Rotor as a key theme
For the relaunch of the corporate design, a typical ENOVA motif was consistantly used: the rotor of a wind turbine, set free and standing alone, is found both in the new company logo and on a red background on all of the East Frisian wind farm developer’s printed materials. “The wind is our most important employee,” says physicist and Managing Director Helmuth A. Brümmer, who founded ENOVA in 1989. It’s only natural therefore, that the “windmill” was placed at the center of the new image.
“Wind is what drives us.” – This phrase describes ENOVA, the East Frisian company based in Bunderhee, like no other. Founded in 1989 by Helmuth A. Brümmer, the wind energy project developers and service providers look back on 25 years of history today. The anniversary is celebrated not only with an event on September 26, but with a completely new corporate design.
Vision from the beginning
When physicist Helmuth A.Brümmer founded ENOVA in 1989, he demonstrated one thing in particular: vision. Even then he was consistently set on the development of sustainable solutions and the protection of the environment, and placed these maxims at the core of his actions. Success proved him right: Today, ENOVA is one of the oldest and most experienced German project development firms in the field of renewable energy. A pioneer of wind energy.
ENOVA plans, implements, and manages renewable wind energy projects, whether on land or on the water. From the first draft during approval stage, to handover and commissioning. Around 200 megawatts have already been installed in the Federal Republic of Germany, and many more are planned. Out of a two-man operation, a corporate group with 40 employees and counting has developed over 25 years. The East Frisian company will celebrate this positive development on September 26, with an anniversary event in the riding hall of the Friesian horse breeding farm Brümmer “Der Polderhof” located next to the old manor that houses ENOVA’s headquarters.
Anniversary celebration and new public image
The new corporate design focuses on milestones in the company’s history. On the new website and in the new brochure, the Holtgaste Wind Farm can be found again, which was not only one of the first in its time in Ostfriesland, but also created attention with its extensive repowering in 2012. And of course RIFFGAT – the first commercial offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, implemented by ENOVA together with EWE AG.
Milestones in the company’s history
As a project developer, general contractor, and service provider, ENOVA has planned over the last 25 years numerous onshore projects throughout Germany.
Since 1998, ENOVA has been planning offshore wind farms, and is among the largest offshore project developers in Germany. To date, approval for approximately 1,500 megawatts were obtained and development rights were sold to utilities like EWE, RWE, and E.ON. Further projects are currently in the approval process.
The RIFFGAT Wind Farm, a joint project between EWE AG and ENOVA, has become a milestone in the company’s history. The project was honored this week by the Renewable Energy Cluster Hamburg at the Hamburg Wind Energy Fair with the “German Renewable Award” as “Project of the Year.”
In addition to its own projects, ENOVA is working in partnerships on current and future plans on land. These partnerships for new projects are with public utility and energy companies, mainly in Lower Saxony, Rhineland Palatinate, Hesse, and North Rhine-Westphalia. ENOVA utilizes its offshore experience collected from numerous own projects, as well as the construction of the offshore Riffgat Wind Farm, in its role as a service provider for other projects.
Important targets for the future
Currently, the share of renewable energy in electricity consumption is approximately 30 percent, about a third of which comes from wind power. According to industry projections, renewable energy will cover almost half of Germany’s total electricity needs by the year 2020. The integration of wind energy into the heating market is meaningful, because the potential is twice as large as that of the electricity market. “We are facing the challenges,” said ENOVA’s Managing Director Helmuth A. Brümmer. In photovoltaics as well as for wind power grid integration, the storage of energy as well as the adjustment of energy production and consumption are becoming increasingly important.
Innovative renewable energy project recognized
The Renewable Energy Cluster Hamburg (EEHH) honors personal commitment to renewable energy with the German Renewable Award, the first German prize in the industry. The award ceremony will take place for the first time this year at the 2014 Wind Energy Fair in Hamburg, and not only be distributing awards in the categories “Product innovation of the year” and “Project of the year,” but also “Student work in wind” and the “Lifetime achievement in wind.”This year, Riffgat was selected by an independent jury for best project. The offshore wind farm was developed by ENOVA and implemented in cooperation with the Oldenburg-based utility provider.
The offshore wind farm has been feeding electricity into the German grid since the start of the year. The award ceremony was held in Hamburg’s Fish Auction Hall on September 23, 2014