Thomas Almegaard from DONG Energy, who is responsible for operations and
maintenance at Nysted Offshore Wind Farm, praises his employees for their
efforts throughout the years. Today, with its approximately 98 per cent
availability, Nysted Offshore Wind Farm is one of the offshore wind farms with
the highest availability*.
"We have some incredibly dedicated employees employed at Nysted Offshore Wind
Farm. They understand the wind turbines and are always abreast of potential
problems. They don't leave work if a wind turbine reports an error, and they
always leave the wind turbine just as spotless as their own living room," said
Thomas Almegaard with a twinkle in his eye.
A pioneer within offshore wind farmsNysted Offshore Wind
Farm is known in the wind turbine industry and not least because it has been
very important in connection with the development of offshore wind farms. Tove
Feld, Head of Engineering in DONG Energy Wind Power, said that she believes that
Nysted Offshore Wind Farm has been a stepping stone for subsequent offshore wind
"At the beginning of 2000, Denmark became a technology hub within wind power
and especially within offshore wind power with the construction of Horns Rev I
and Nysted Offshore Wind Farm. It was pioneer work which has formed the basis
for the development of subsequent offshore wind farms nationally and
Nysted Offshore Wind Farm has been an inspiration in several areas, she
"Nysted Offshore Wind Farm and Horns Rev I formed the basis for the
development of offshore wind turbines in a number of areas from EIA
investigation (environmental impact assessment), preparation of preliminary
surveys within geosciences, wind, waves, etc. Furthermore, the wind farms have
also formed the basis for important knowledge in terms of design, wind farm
layout, fabrication, testing, installation, substation concept, grid connection
and operations and maintenance for future offshore wind farms. In other words,
it is a wind farm which has contributed immensely to the technology development
within the wind industry."
The now 10 years old offshore wind farm has been very important to the
success that Denmark has achieved within the offshore wind farm area.
Training in Nysted The employees at Nysted Offshore
Wind Farm play an important role in sharing their knowledge and experience with
colleagues in other countries, eg in the UK and Germany.
"At Nysted, we've had all technicians from London visit us to be trained in
the work on logistics and systems related to offshore wind turbines. Our Borkum
Riffgrund colleagues will also visit us to be trained," said Thomas
Tove Feld supplemented:
"The knowledge gained from Nysted
Offshore Wind Farm is very valuable even today and it is still driving the
development of offshore wind power. Especially within operations and maintenance
of offshore wind turbines, but the wind farm has also contributed to creating
international design standards using 10 years of documentation, such as eg
design of gravity foundations."
Congratulations with the 10 year anniversary!
* Availability means how many hours the wind turbines are ready to
operate calculated as a percentage of time.