At the end of July 2013, the installation phase of the BARD Offshore 1 wind farm is finalised: 80 wind turbines, each with a nominal capacity of 5 megawatts, were completed one month ahead of the planned target date.
65 wind turbines have already been connected to the grid and are generating electricity for 300,000 households. By September, all 80 turbines will be supplying power.
At times, four jack-up vessels were used to deliver a total of 120,000 metric tons of steel to the 60 square-kilometre construction site located 100 kilometres off the island coast of Borkum.
Around 100 metres above sea-level, a BARD service technician on the roof of a nacelle checks the weather station on a wind turbine generator.
The supreme discipline in the installation phase: The rotor star is raised onto the nacelle with the help of the main crane on a jack-up vessel.
The hotel ship REGINA BALTICA (in the background) served as a base during the deployment of teams to the construction site via Crew Transfer Vessels. At times, up to 400 employees were working day and night on the construction site.
The direct comparison to a supply vessel demonstrates the dimensions of a wind turbine generator.
The transformer platform BARD 1 is the heart of the BO1 wind farm.
Managing Director of the parent and operating company Ocean Breeze Energy