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 island" and serve as a base for people involved in the construction and maintenance of the wind farms.
Mayor Jrg Singer has invested heavily in the project and incurred debts: the expansion of the harbor alone is costing islanders 8 million euros. Many here say the money would be better invested in promoting tourism, Heligoland's main source of income for decades. Our series looks at the controversial changes taking place on the picturesque island of Heligoland.
Deutsche Welle (Oct. 1, 2013) Heligoland is Germany's only high-sea island, located in the middle of the North Sea. Until now, islanders relied on income from tourism. But now the idyllic island is undergoing transformation: to ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (May 29, 2012) 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 ... watch video
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 (Oct. 15, 2013) For decades, Heligoland was known mainly for its red cliffs, white beaches and many Duty Free Shops. But these days, its transformation into an offshore service and repair station for wind farms is ... watch video
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
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
Reuters (Feb. 19, 2012) California-based start up Makani Power believes the future of clean, sustainable energy is in the skies. The company is developing kite technology they say harnesses wind power far more efficiently ... watch video
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