15 Jun '11, 3pm

Will German Offshore Wind RAVE On?: If Germany’s fateful decision to phase out its nuclear program by 2022 is

Will German Offshore Wind RAVE On?: If Germany’s fateful decision to phase out its nuclear program by 2022 is

If Germany’s fateful decision to phase out its nuclear program by 2022 is to be successful, it will require a massive buildup of offshore wind capacity. Skeptics say it can’t be done and believe the decision will result in more coal consumption, the purchase of French nuclear power and higher electricity bills for German consumers. A recent German government agency paper said offshore wind will meet the country’s needs in the planned timeframe. If it does, it will in large part be thanks to Research at Alpha Ventus (RAVE), a public-private research program that has been an integral part of Alpha Ventus, the world’s first deep water ocean wind project off Germany’s North Sea coast, since planning began in 2006. By the end of 2009, Alpha Ventus’ 12 five-megawatt turbines were generating electricity and undergoing thoroughly documented trials. The project was formally inaugur...

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