SOURCE: LEGO Group
DONG Energy, LEGO Group & William Demant celebrate the inauguration of Borkum Riffgrund 1 Offshore Wind Farm in Germany
The joint announcement by top management from DONG Energy, market leader in planning, constructing and operating offshore wind farms, the LEGO Group (KIRKBI AIS), makers of the iconic LEGO® brick, and William Demant, specialists in personal hearing aid products, is made in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark who officially opens the wind farm.
Uwe Beckmeyer, Federal Ministry of Economy & Energy, State Secretary and Deputy Minister comments:
"The first offshore wind farm installed by DONG Energy in Germany is a great success. 'Borkum Riffgrund 1' is an impressive example of just how fast offshore installations can now be installed. This translates into lower costs and is good news for consumers."
Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, President and Chief Executive Officer of the LEGO Group comments:
"In the LEGO Group, we want to make a positive impact on the planet children will inherit. Our main contribution to society is our creative play experiences and their contribution to children's learning and development. Today, I am proud and literally energised to celebrate that the wind farm now generates renewable energy. It is a substantial step towards our 2020 goal, to be 100% balanced by renewable energy. We will reach this by focusing on our energy efficiency, which has improved by more than 20% in the last five years and by investing in renewable energy. These combined efforts mean that by 2020 we will produce more renewable energy than we use to manufacture the billions of LEGO bricks children all over the world love to play with."
Renewable energy for 320,000 German households
With a nominal power per turbine of 4.0 MW, the 78 wind turbines will produce enough environmentally friendly electricity to supply 320,000 German households each year. The planning of the offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 1 began with the final investment decision in 2011. In August 2013, the construction of the wind farm started with the installation of the offshore substation, which is the heart of the wind farm.
The wind farm is located 37 kilometres north of the German island Borkum and 54 kilometres from the German coast. The 78 wind turbines have a total nominal power of 312 MW. Thus, Borkum Riffgrund 1 contributes considerably to the aim of the German government to install a total of 6.5 GW of offshore wind energy until the year 2020. Almost 3 GW have been installed in the German North and Baltic Sea so far.