German Offshore Wind Farm Exceeds Expected Output

Germany’s first offshore wind farm generated more power than expected because of steady winds last year, operators of the Alpha Ventus park including EON SE said.

Alpha Ventus’s 12 turbines last year fed 267.8 gigawatt-hours of electricity into the German grid at a yield 15.3 percent higher than originally forecast, EON, Vattenfall Europe AG and EWE AG said today in an e-mailed statement.

The 5-megawatt machines, supplied by Areva SA and Suzlon Energy Ltd. unit REpower Systems SE, achieved 4,463 full load hours, matching the level in 2011, they said. The availability in 2013 of Alpha Ventus will decrease from last year’s 96.5 percent because of maintenance work, the operators said.

(Company corrects explanation of yield in second paragraph of story first published on April 26.)
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