Since its foundation in 2003 the BARD Group has epitomised outstanding pioneering achievement in tapping new energy resources on the high seas. By planning and constructing BARD Offshore 1, the first power plant located around 100 kilometres off the German North Sea coast, BARD has successfully combined sophisticated technologies with sustainable climate protection.
BARD Offshore 1, Germany's first commercial and currently the most powerful and efficient wind farm on the high seas, was connected to the power grid in September 2013. Its 80 5-megawatt wind turbines achieve a nominal capacity of 400 megawatt, which is equal to the electricity requirements of more than 400,000 households.
BARD Offshore 1 was officially handed over to its owner, Ocean Breeze Energy, at the beginning of 2014. The Emden-based company Offshore Wind Solutions (OWS), a spin-off formed from parts of the BARD Group, is responsible for service and maintenance work on the wind farm.
The companies belonging to the BARD Group will largely discontinue their operative activities by mid-2014.
BARD Offshore 1 was sponsored by the European Commission as part of the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR).