- Electricity at competitive prices
- Wide range of applications, from a few kW to several MW
- Ideal basis for an energy mix including other renewable energy power plants
People have been using wind energy for centuries – originally to drive mechanical processes such as milling grain or pumping water. Today, it is used to generate electricity. In 2016, around 12 percent of all electricity generated in Germany came from wind energy (see Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy). On land, many windy locations have already been exploited and more powerful power plants are now replacing older ones. The expansion of wind power in Germany is also gaining momentum on the high seas with offshore wind farms.
Cutting-edge wind farms can now deliver as much electricity as conventional power plants – at a similar price.
Globally, wind energy plants with a total capacity of over 460 gigawatts were installed in 2016 (see IRENA).
Thanks to strong development of the market in Germany, German manufacturers have acquired a wealth of valuable experience in this area – from manufacturing of wind turbines and their components, such as generators, drives and rotor blades, through planning and operation, to integrating wind farms into the power grid.