10 February 2003 - Elsam has erected the largest wind farm in Poland and now produces electricity to Polish households. The turbines in the North-western part of Poland have redoubled the wind power capacity of the country and cover the consumption of approx. 25 000 Polish households.
The electricity production of Poland is primarily based on coal-fired and lignite-fired power plants. According to Polish legislation an increasing part of the electricity consumption must be covered by non-conventional and renewable sources in the near future.
Consequently, the wind farm is planned to be the first project in the so-called "Joint Implementation". According to the Kyoto protocol, two countries can agree on implementing common projects and credit the CO2 reduction in their national CO2 accounts. However, this stipulates that prior to this the Danish and Polish government enter into a framework agreement for the Joint Implementation.
With an annual production of approx. 65 GWh, the 15 Elsam wind turbines will reduce the Polish emission to the atmosphere by approx. 45 000 t (CO2) carbon dioxide, 300 t sulphur dioxide (SO2) and 100 t nitric oxides (NOx).
Says Bjarne Henning Jensen, Director of Elsam's Projects & Plants, Elsam has gathered considerable know-how from the erection of our Danish wind farms. I am very proud that we are able to pass on this know-how to Poland and hope that it will support the development of environmentally friendly energy in the country.
Each of the Polish wind turbines has a capacity of 2 MW, a hub height of 78m and a rotor diameter of 80m.
Elsam is Denmark's largest producer of electricity and district heating and has been active in the development of wind power in Denmark for the past 20 years. Elsam owns and runs about 500 wind turbines among others the world's largest wind farm at Horns Rev in the North Sea.