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A new wind brings new energy – the energy sector

Den erneuerbaren Energien gehört die Zukunft

The rotors of over 1,300 wind turbines in the state are already turning and generating a total output of over 1,500 megawatts. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is among the leading federal states in terms of wind energy. The >>Baltic I << was the first commercial offshore park in the Baltic Sea region. Additional projects are in the pipeline, heralding an overall transformation and modernisation of energy production. Renewable and environmentally friendly energies have been on the growth course for years. They now account for over 50 per cent of the energy supplied in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In comparison, the rate was only 3.7 per cent in 1995. Wind power makes up the largest part of the renewable energies.

The WIND ENERGY Network was established several years ago in order to pool the resources in offshore wind energy in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. This network ensures that smaller business also receive the opportunity to successfully carry out complex projects.

The seaport of Sassnitz plays a significant role for the offshore industry in the Baltic Sea region. As the main port, it serves as a home base for the construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms. A high concentration of wind power expertise can also be found at Energie- und Technologiepark Lubmin (Energy and Technology Park Lubmin). Companies such as Erndtebrücker Eisenwerke, Bladt Industries, Lubminer Korrosionsschutz and Liebherr are based here and have clearly contributed to the success of the entire wind energy sector in the northeast. 

The state receives nearly 2,000 sun hours annually, making it ideal for solar energy production. The application of solar thermal energy to support the heating system and to generate process heat in the commercial sector still offers significant potential.

The conversion of solid and gaseous biomass into electricity and the generation of biomethane play an increasingly important role given the extensive land areas dedicated to agriculture and forestry as well as the large livestock population in the state. They are also responsible for creating jobs in rural areas. 

Energie- und Technologiepark Lubmin has become the biggest industrial and energy site in Vorpommern. Energiewerke Nord GmbH has been decommissioning and dismantling the former nuclear power station in Greifswald since 1995. The technologies developed and deployed for this task are among the most sophisticated in the world and are in high demand as exportable assets. There are future plans to build conventional, gas-based power plants in Lubmin. The location offers the necessary infrastructure, such as road and rail connections, an industrial port as well as the connection to Vattenfall Europe Transmission’s substation and the high voltage network. Additionally, the German-Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream leads to Lubmin. Russian gas is directed southward and towards Niedersachsen via the Wingas pipelines NEL and OPAL. Still, energy producers are not the only ones settling here. The existing infrastructure and available services make Energie- und Technologiepark Lubmin and the industrial zones along OPAL and NEL an excellent choice for companies in the energy engineering, steel construction, environmental technology and IT sectors. This is because there is access to gas for high energy-consuming companies at almost every point along the pipeline and fibre-optic cables have been laid parallel to the pipelines to allow fast data transfer rates.