Enercon installs world’s most powerful wind energy converter E-126/7.5 MW

The wind farm is operated by ENERCON Windpark GmbH und Co. KG. Local utility company Städtische Werke Magdeburg GmbH (SWM Magdeburg) is acquiring a 24% share to become a minority partner in this operating company.

"The wind turbines E-126 shows that wind energy converters have now reached the size of power plants. The expected yield of 14 million kWh from a single plant can provide about 15,000 people in Magdeburg with green electricity," said ENERCON Managing Director Aloys Wobben ahead of the event. "We are therefore extremely interested in seeing Städtische Werke Magdeburg realise their plan for the introduction of a serial green electricity rate. It looks very promising."

Says Helmut Herdt, management spokesperson of SWM Magdeburg: "The partnership with ENERCON Windpark GmbH & Co. KG is a continuation of our `Magdeburg`s Natural Talents` product campaign which we started last year in April and which included a cooperation with ENERCON. The intended cooperation of Städtische Werke Magdeburg with ENERCON as partners in the new operating company fits into our strategy for enhancing the framework conditions from power generation to marketing."

"The state of Saxony-Anhalt is among the top 5 in the current renewable energies ranking published by the German Institute for Economic Research. Companies like ENERCON help secure Germany´s technology leadership in the development and production of cutting-edge wind turbines and set new standards – right here at the Magdeburg site. By putting the E-126 wind energy converter in Magdeburg-Rothensee into service, we live up to our reputation of being the renewable energies state," said Thomas Pleye, State Secretary of the Economy for the state of Saxony-Anhalt.

On the occasion of today`s inauguration, a project agreement is concluded between ENERCON, SWM Magdeburg, and port logistics company Magdeburger Hafen GmbH. The goal is to develop the first hinterland port of Magdeburg into a "GREENPORT". There is no other inland port where the production of renewable energy and the port activities are so closely interlinked, both geographically and logistically. Städtische Werke Magdeburg plans to use this opportunity to expand its role as innovative pioneer in providing Magdeburg with environmentally friendly energies. ENERCON makes use of the availability of environmentally friendly shipping for its wind energy converters, the manufacturing of which secures several thousand jobs in Magdeburg and Saxony-Anhalt.

The signing of the agreement involves the following project plans in particular:

* Power supply for the riverboats from ENERCON`s reference wind energy converter erected in the immediate vicinity of the harbour
* Use of a hybrid locomotive for shunting and transport services on the harbour premises
* Primary power supply for the harbour`s operation sections with power from the new reference plant
* In addition, SWM Magdeburg intends to install and operate a power filling station for electric cars and vans in the immediate vicinity on the premises of Magdeburger Hafen GmbH

Said Mr. Ehrhardt from Magdeburger Hafen GmbH: "As our state capital Magdeburg is becoming research and manufacturing hub for renewable energies, Magdeburger Hafen GmbH integrates environmental protection into its business strategy by drawing on a sustainable power supply to the harbour from renewable energies, and by reducing the dust and noise pollution caused by transport services. Thus Magdeburg`s port takes an important step towards achieving sustainability in the area of transport and logistics and extends the enviromentally friendly transport chain from the `Green Capital` Hamburg into this central German economic region."