Of pioneers and prototypes

Schleswig-Holstein is the cradle of the wind industry

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About 12000 employes in Schleswig-Holstein work in the wind industry. This includes the mechanical engineering, logistics, special component supply, planning, plant management, financing, insurance, legal, research, training and retraining sectors.

In Schleswig-Holstein, 2,966 wind turbines with a total capacity of 6,564 megawatts (MW) are installed (Source:MELUR, Genehmigungsbedürftige Windkraftanlagen in Schleswig-Holstein, Stand 2019). In the whole of Germany, 29,213 wind turbines with an overall output of 52,931 MW are installed (Source:  Bundesverband WindEnergie), which means that Schleswig-Holstein currently produces 13 percent of Germany’s installed wind power capacity. The installed capacity on land in Schleswig-Holstein is planned to be almost doubled to 10,500 megawatts by 2025.

Wind turbines have been built in Schleswig-Holstein for over 30 years. “Growian”, the first megawatt class wind turbine prototype, was erected in the county of Dithmarschen in 1983. Wind turbine prototypes are also to be found just south of Husum on Germany’s only publicly organised wind test field. Windtestfeld-Nord GmbH was co-founded by windcomm, the precursor of the EE.SH Network Agency. Germany’s first wind industry trade fair was held in Husum in 1989, exhibiting the latest developments in the industry. HUSUM Wind is still one of the industry’s leading trade fairs. Messe Husum & Congress GmbH is one of EE.SH’s cooperation partners.

Many wind farms in Schleswig-Holstein are organised as community wind farms. Residents of the local communities in which the wind farms are located also have shares in the operating company. This means that the greater part of the investment and value creation involved in building and operating a wind farm remains in the region (study „Regional economic effects of the use of wind energy in Schleswig-Holstein“).

EE.SH supports cooperation between the wind industry and other energy sources so that the shift to total use of renewables can succeed and jobs can be created in the region. The project team organises cross-sector events and establishes contacts to prospective business partners, public administration and funding institutions. You can find out more about our Services here.



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