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VSB starts construction of Elster Repowering wind farm: The transformation of wind power in Europe
Together for a green future: Prominent representatives from business and politics at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Elster repowering wind farm
© VSB GroupDresden/Zahna-Elster/Jessen (renewablepress) - The official groundbreaking ceremony for the Elster Repowering wind farm took place today in the presence of Professor Armin Willingmann, Minister for Science, Energy, Climate Protection and the Environment of Saxony-Anhalt.
Project developer VSB has thus realised one of the largest repowering projects in Europe: 50 outdated wind turbines will be replaced by 16 modern, more efficient ones. The new wind farm, which is scheduled to go online in the second half of 2024, will have a capacity of 105.6 MW and generate around 235 GWh per year. That is enough to supply 67,000 three-person households with renewable energy.
“We are proud to be at the forefront of the repowering revolution in Europe with the Elster wind farm project. It demonstrates our commitment to innovation, sustainability, and creating value in the region. By using the latest technology and adhering to the highest environmental standards, we are not only increasing the efficiency and performance of the wind farm, but also creating a better future for our planet,” says Frédéric Lanoë, CEO of the VSB Group.
Thomas Winkler, Managing Director of the company VSB Neue Energien Deutschland GmbH, which is responsible for the planning and construction, adds: “By repowering the Elster wind farm, we are taking it into a future-oriented era. Realising the full potential of wind power is essential for the energy transition to be a success. Repowering has an important role to play in accelerating the growth of renewable energy.”
The old turbines were dismantled according to the industry standard DIN SPEC 4866. VSB was instrumental in creating this new standard, which ensures the safe and standardised dismantling, recycling and disposal of wind turbines. Many of the old turbines at the Elster wind farm will be reused abroad after being inspected and technically refurbished, or will be kept for spare parts.
The 16 new turbines will be built according to the split scope concept: Max Bögl Wind AG will build the foundations and concrete towers, and Siemens Gamesa the steel towers and the SG 6.6-155 turbines. Max Bögl uses a sustainable concreting technology that reduces CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent. During their life cycle, Siemens Gamesa turbines generate 48 times the energy consumed and are 89 per cent recyclable.
The repowering of the Elster wind farm comes at a crucial time for the European wind industry. With a significant proportion of wind turbines reaching the end of their useful life by 2030, repowering initiatives such as the Elster wind farm project will play a vital role in achieving regional and global climate change targets.
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About VSB Group
VSB, headquartered in Dresden (Germany), is one of Europe’s leading vertically integrated developers in the field of renewable energies. Its core business is project development of onshore wind and photovoltaic parks, their operational management as well as the operation of its own assets as a growing independent power producer. VSB operates in nine European countries and has a pipeline of more than 10 GW. Since 1996, VSB has commissioned more than 700 wind energy and photovoltaic plants with a combined installed capacity of approximately 1.3 GW. VSB also provides services for around 1.4 GW worth of installed plants. With its affiliated companies, the Group employs over 450 people. Further information: www.vsb.energy
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Caption: Together for a green future: Prominent representatives from business and politics at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Elster repowering wind farm (from left to right): Joos Jürgen (Max Bögl), Katja Felk (VSB Project Manager), Frédéric Lanoë (CEO VSB Holding GmbH), Michael Jahn (Mayor of Jessen), Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann (Minister for Science, Energy, Climate Protection and the Environment of Saxony-Anhalt), Peter Müller (Mayor of Zahna-Elster), Christian Tylsch (District Administrator of Wittenberg), Thomas Winkler (Managing Director VSB Neue Energien Deutschland GmbH) and Gunnar Liehr (Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy GmbH & Co. KG).
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