17 June 2005 – Germany’s REpower Systems has signed a supply contract for the Beatrice wind farm demonstrator project with Talisman Energy (UK) Limited and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) for the design and construction of two of its 5M-type wind energy turbines.
With a nominal output of five megawatts, the REpower 5M is currently the biggest wind energy turbine in the world and has been designed with deepwater wind farm operations in mind.
Repower will likely assemble both turbines next summer. The turbines will be installed later that year in a water depth of approximately 40 metres next to the Talisman-operated Beatrice oilfield 25 kilometres off the east coast of Scotland in the Moray Firth.
The demonstrator project is an integral part of the EU-promoted €30m ($36.3m) million “DOWNVInD” (Distant Offshore Windfarms with No Visual Impact in Deepwater) project, Europe’s largest renewable energy research and technology development programme. Talisman and SSE are coordinating the project, which also involves a number of other research organization and companies from throughout Europe. REpower is the exclusive turbine supplier.
Both REpower 5M turbines are being built specifically for offshore use for the first time. The prototype of the REpower 5M already exists onshore: the turbine was inaugurated in Brunsbüttel in Schleswig-Holstein in February 2005 and has produced 4.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity until May, which corresponds to the requirements of around 1200 households.
The CEO of REpower Systems , Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt says, “The future of
wind energy in Europe is offshore. Therefore, we have a particular interest in Repower being involved in ‘DOWNViND’ which is currently the biggest European
development project for renewable energy and for which we are assembling two 5 MW turbines for Talisman. Our 5M, the outstanding result of German engineering and the smooth cooperation of suppliers, is running impressively on land and soon also in the sea. In a couple of years, offshore-windparks with many thousands of megawatts of output will produce electric power at competitive prices.”
Talisman Project Director Allan MacAskill adds: “We chose REpower as a partner because their experience and skills give us access to the very latest in turbine technology; the REpower 5M is a milestone in the development of wind energy turbines and is critical to the success of the demonstrator project.”