Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, opened Friday (October 12, 2018) the Curslack wind farm at the Energy Campus in Bergedorf. The opening is a milestone en route to Hamburg’s development as a seat of innovation and towards the energy transition in northern Germany. Numerous innovative research projects can be tested and demonstrated in real time operations with companies based on the wind farm’s collaboration with the Competence Center for Renewable Energy’s (CC4E) Technology Centre Energy Campus at the Hamburg University of Applied Science (HAW).
Energy for up to 15,000 households annually
Prof. Dr. Werner Beba, Head of CC4E and Managing Director of CC4E Windenergie UG, said: “We want to contribute to the success of the energy system transformation with our wind farm, the energy campus and the associated projects, and thus strengthen Hamburg and the north as innovation centres of the energy system transformation”. One concrete project in the wind farm is the Curslack storage control power plant. It is part of the major NEW 4.0 project (Norddeutsche Energiewende 4.0), with which the energy system of the future is to be tested in the model region of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. A local lithium-ion storage facility has been set up and will be connected to the wind farm to form a storage control power plant. Balancing energy can thus compensate fluctuations in the grid. The wind farm is also an integral part of other NEW 4.0 projects.
Hamburg Energie is also a partner to the project. As a part owner of the wind farm, the municipal electricity supplier is offering citizens an opportunity to become involved in the energy transition in their region. The Curslack wind farm is just one kilometre from the Technology Centre and consists of five N117 (Nordex) wind turbines. The wind farm generates 35 GWh (gigawatt hours) per annum which can supply energy for up to 15,000 households annually.
The shareholders of the wind farm are CC4E Windenergie UG and Planungsbüro Dr. Augustin. Hamburg Energie also has a stake in the operating company. The park is connected to a new 110/10 kV transformer station with open-air technology from Stromnetz Hamburg. As part of an open day, the wind farm will be open to the public on October 12, 2018 from 1 pm to 4 pm.