Global Tech I Offshore Wind has commissioned the 400MW offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

Global Tech I Offshore Wind

The wind farm Global Tech I uses 80 units of 5MW turbines, which were installed by Areva last year.

The project in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), 180km away from the Bremerhaven Emden in the north-west will generate clean energy that will be enough to meet power needs of close to 445,000 households.

Around 37 workers in the offshore substation within the wind farm will work together with the operations control centre in Hamburg’s HafenCity to ensure smooth operations of the wind farm.

Hamburg City first mayor Olaf Scholz said: "Global Tech I is an example of excellent cooperation. The project was planned, financed and realized by a team that spans state and national borders.

"From Bremen they service the turbines, which is also where they were manufactured, the grid connection makes its landfall in Lower Saxony and those responsible for operation and management of the wind farm are based here in Hamburg."

The project is owned by Stadtwerke München, Entega and Swiss company Axpo.

The Meltl family, Esportes Offshore Beteiligungs, Norderland Projekt, Windreich, FC Wind 1, FC Wind 2, GTU I and GTU II are among the private investors in the project.

Bremen City mayor Dr. Carsten Sieling said: "Global Tech I is an excellent example of why the epicentre of the offshore wind industry lies off the coast of northern Germany.

"Along with Lower Saxony, Hamburg and Bremen the port locations in the German Bight have contributed in differing degrees to the success of the Global Tech I project.

Image: Global Tech I wind farm goes officially operational. Photo: courtesy of Global Tech I.