Hamburg leads the way: its metropolitan region is Germany‘s competence center for clean energy production
based on wind, sun, and biomass. The Northern German metro region has been developing a new industrial sector that plays a key role in the sustainable development of the future. Innovative by nature, the development is supported by the Renewable Energies Cluster. Today comprising more than 185 member companies (2010: 57), they jointly employ some 25,000 staff. By 2015, the booming industry expects employment to grow by additional 10,000 staff within the renewable energies.
Main growth sectors within the booming industry are wind farms on land and on sea. Based in Hamburg, the energy supplier Vattenfall is currently investing more than one million euro into the Dan Tysk wind farm located 70 km west of Sylt. With an installed capacity of 288 mega watt generated by 80 wind turbines, it will provide 400,000 households with clean North Sea electricity by autumn.
Also at home in Hamburg, Siemens Energy has recently been contracted by Cape Wind to set up the United States‘ first offshore wind farm in in New England on Horseshoe Shoal, an area of water toward the centre of Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts. Siemens will supply 130 3.6-megawatt offshore turbines that are scheduled to provide 468 mega watt of clean energy when starting operations in 2016.
Present in Hamburg with German headquarters is also the Danish global player DONG Energy. The firm launched Germany‘s largest offshore project by its decision to build the offshore wind farms Gode Wind 1 and 2 in the North Sea. The construction of the 582 MW Gode Wind projects will represent a total investment of 2.2 billion euro.