07 Jul '11, 5pm

Germany stakes its cleantech future on stiff sea breezes

Germany stakes its cleantech future on stiff sea breezes

I arrived in Bremerhaven a few weeks back in the wake of a major wind industry conference to find the local mood buoyant indeed. The local economic development office (BIS) and the regional wind industry assocation (WAB) both handed out glossy pamphlets detailing the offshore wind business’ rapid growth in Bremerhaven – from next to nothing five years ago to dozens of companies and 1,000 jobs today, with another 500 expected to be added by the end of 2012. Final approval was imminent for a mammoth new harbor development – “Offshore Wind Port Bremerhaven,” a 200-acre port facility for the exclusive use of offshore wind developers, fronting 500 acres of industrial park. A smart new building for the Fraunhofer Institute’s advanced wind energy research arm was under construction, and a big new turbine testing facility – including an enormous wind tunnel for testing blade aerod...

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