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Spoiled by the wind

Thanks to the green energy revolution, wind energy is enjoying strong and continuous growth in Germany. TÜV SÜD is an innovative service provider in this industry

TÜV SÜD is a partner in demand for monitoring construction on new offshore wind farms.
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The major contract of monitoring construction of the new Nordsee One offshore wind park near Juist Island is just one of many examples of how TÜV SÜD is a partner in demand for companies planning wind energy projects as well as building and operating wind energy systems.

Their rotor blades spin significantly faster than those of the wind power plant: Equipped with a camera, the drone climbs noisily and buzzes around the 40-meter long blades like a bee around a sunflower. The material is filmed and checked centimeter by centimeter this way. The project team from the Wind Energy Systems department at TÜV SÜD uses this new method – just one of many examples of how TÜV SÜD is an experienced and at the same time innovative partner for any company planning wind energy projects as well as those erecting and operating wind energy systems. The objective of every test is to ensure optimal safety, profitability, reliability and quality. A total of 17,000 wind energy systems all over the world need to be inspected annually – and numbers are rising sharply. Wind energy is predicted to have enormous growth potential for the future.

One major project that TÜV SÜD was awarded in 2015 proves that: The experts in the Wind Energy department will be monitoring construction of the new Nordsee One offshore wind park 40 km from Juist Island in the North Sea. After its completion in 2017, the 54 wind energy plants will supply enough power to cover 400,000 households. “The Nordsee One wind park is another milestone for offshore wind energy and the green energy revolution in Germany,” says Alexander Heitmann, Head of Offshore Wind Energy at TÜV SÜD in Hamburg. “We are very happy about this major contract and the trust it conveys.”

In addition, market-ready technologies like larger hub heights and rotor surfaces are increasingly opening up new wind power potential in southern Germany as well. TÜV SÜD is supporting forest wind projects with wind surveys and site evaluations. “To fully exploit the potential of a wind park, reliable statements on average annual wind speeds are crucial,” says Peter Herbert Meier, Head of the Wind Cert Services department at TÜV SÜD. “Validated model calculations can be made using carefully analyzed data from existing wind power stations.” TÜV SÜD is contributing substantially to the potential use of promising forest locations – and will work as steadily as a windmill to remain a leading service provider in the wind energy industry.