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Setting a new standard for offshore wind farms

Arkona is a next-generation offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. In the future, it could supply up to 400 000 German households with clean energy.

At a glance

  • Ground-breaking offshore wind farm for the German market

  • Can save 1.2 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually

  • Joint venture between Equinor and E.ON

Status

Available
The solution is commercially available, but not necessarily immediately deliverable.

Offshore wind energy has become a competitive source for clean and renewable energy generation. With Europe as the hotbed for offshore wind farms, the industry is turning its focus towards new markets and global expansion.

To be successful in the global market for renewable energy, however, innovations and new technology are essential. Only by further reducing generation costs and the energy prices for the consumer, can offshore wind projects become widespread.

E.ON/Silke Steen

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Kjell-Børge Freiberg inaugurated the Arkona wind farm together with top management from E.ON, Equinor and other stakeholders on 16 April 2019.

Offshore wind innovations

The Arkona wind farm consists of 60 wind turbines, each producing >6MW, and has a total capacity of 385MW. The offshore farm has introduced several world-first innovations, setting new industry standards, including for 3D geophysical modelling, external corrosion protection and ultrasonic bolt installation.

The innovative technology and processes implemented by Arkona improve worker safety, minimise environmental impact and dramatically reduce offshore inspection time.

They have resulted in considerable cost and time savings during all project phases. The installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, for example, was achieved in under 120 days.

E.ON/Silke Steen

The Arkona wind farm consists of 60 wind turbines.

Concrete benefits

Arkona can save up to 1.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year compared to electricity from fossil fuels. At full capacity, the wind farm is capable of supplying around 400 000 households with renewable energy.

Moreover, installing turbines farther out to sea minimises impact on coastal areas and marine life. It can also increase public acceptance for wind energy as a non-intrusive energy source.

Market potential

Rapid installation and commissioning reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of projects like Arkona. This helps to make offshore wind a more appealing alternative for meeting energy demands in other parts of the world.

Future offshore wind farms can also benefit from the innovations and new standards achieved by the project, thereby promoting overall growth of renewable energy generation.

Arkona is a 50/50 joint venture project between the Norwegian energy company Equinor and the German energy company E.ON Climate & Renewables. The project is located in the Baltic Sea, 35 km northeast of the German island of Rügen.

Arkona is Equinor’s fourth offshore wind farm to come online since 2012, including the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland.

Enquiries to E.ON may be directed to Lukas Prietz, Project Office Manager for Development & Construction Offshore, telephone +49 171 5673715.

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

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Anne Gunnhild Kraggerud
Equinor Asset Manager for Arkona development and construction
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Company info

Equinor ASA
Forusbeen 50, NO-4035 Stavanger, Norway
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At a glance

  • Ground-breaking offshore wind farm for the German market

  • Can save 1.2 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually

  • Joint venture between Equinor and E.ON

Status

Available
The solution is commercially available, but not necessarily immediately deliverable.

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Get in touch

Anne Gunnhild Kraggerud
Equinor Asset Manager for Arkona development and construction
Contact

Company info

Equinor ASA
Forusbeen 50, NO-4035 Stavanger, Norway
Contact