Germany's move away from nuclear energy has given new impetus to technologies like wind power. As many as 10,000 wind turbines are to be set up in the North Sea and the Baltic by 2030, generating some 25 gigawatts of power.
German ports are hoping to benefit from this boom. The port city of Cuxhaven hopes to become an important base for firms working offshore. But building an offshore wind farm kilometers away from the coast poses a huge challenge: it means fighting a constant battle against wind, waves and time.
Deutsche Welle (June 12, 2012) It's a paradox. To harness wind energy, you have to go where the wind blows. But that's currently the biggest problem for off-shore pioneers at the "Bard Offshore 1" wind farm.
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Deutsche Welle (Apr. 20, 2011) German harbors are counting on offshore wind farms. The Bremen Wind Energy Agency estimates that wind turbines will be installed at sea producing ten gigawatts of power by 2020 - the same amount of ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Mar. 12, 2015) The price of wind power may soon compete with conventional fossil fuels, according to researchers in the United States. Engineers are fitting wind turbines with sensors to extend and increase their ... watch video
AFP (June 6, 2013) The 'Armada 2013' festival gets underway in Rouen, northern France, one of the world's largest meetings of tall sailing ships and war vessels, with more that 50 from all over the globe on ... watch video
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AP (May 29, 2013) A Danish wind power company says its manufacturing facility in Colorado is making the biggest blade for wind power in the US It says the V117 blade is nearly 60 meters in length, longer than half a ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Aug. 20, 2013) Germany is trying to make the switch to renewable energy. The high-profile Riffgat offshore wind farm, built off the coast of Borkum, was slated to begin operating this month. Thirty windmills now ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Oct. 8, 2013) Three huge wind farms are being set up 23 kilometers off the island of Heligoland -- in the middle of the North Sea. So Heligoland is undergoing a revamp: to become the worlds "first offshore service ... watch video
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