Exports and New Offshore Projects Boost German Wind Industry

By Germany Trade And Invest, PRNE
Thursday, March 10, 2011

European Wind Energy Association's EWEA Annual Event 2011

BERLIN and BRUSSELS, March 11, 2011 - Germany's wind industry supply chain is the most extensive
worldwide. With an export ratio of 75 percent, Germany supplies growing wind
markets in Europe, Asia and America. Germany's foothold in this industry is
attracting international investors, according to Germany Trade & Invest. The
federal agency will be present at this year's EWEA Annual Event in Brussels
to share business opportunities in Germany's wind industry.

"Wind energy manufacturers and suppliers from all over the
world look to Germany. The network of expertise here covers the entire
industry spectrum, from R&D to installations and repairs," states Anne
Bräutigam, Manager for the Wind Energy Industry at Germany Trade & Invest in

Germany confirmed its position as the European wind leader in
2010. With cumulative installations of 27,214 MW in December, no other
European country produces more energy from wind. Only China and the USA can
claim more installed capacity. New installations in Germany totaled 1,551 MW
in 2010, of which the largest share went to new onshore capacity.

Offshore installations and repowering are expected to account
for a growing share of the future market. In the offshore segment, wind parks
alpha ventus and EnBW Baltic 1 are standing and new projects are underway.
The BARD Offshore 1 wind farm, for example, is already providing electricity
although the entire park is not completed.

Repowering has created a growing market segment, as several
thousand turbines will be upgradeable in the coming years. Alongside ongoing
new land made available for installations, repowering can triple the energy
generation capacity of current installations using the same land area.

R&D for the wind energy industry received a boost for 2011.
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear
Safety is spending EUR 128 million on renewable energy research, including a
large portion for offshore wind technology and significant sums for energy
storage and smart grid research.

Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward
investment promotion agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The
organization advises foreign companies looking to expand their business
activities in the German market. It provides information on foreign trade to
German companies that seek to enter foreign markets.

    Germany Trade & Invest
    Andreas Bilfinger
    Email: andreas.bilfinger@gtai.com
    T: +49(0)30-200099-173
    F: +49(0)30-200099-111

Germany Trade & Invest, Andreas Bilfinger, Email: andreas.bilfinger at gtai.com , T: +49(0)30-200099-173, F: +49(0)30-200099-111.

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