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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:59

World's first offshore wind farm now dismantled

Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm near Lolland in the south east of Denmark was constructed in 1991 as a demonstration project which was to prove whether it was possible to generate green power offshore. The world's first offshore wind farm was a great success, but after more than 25 years of operation, the Vindeby wind turbines were worn down, and DONG Energy therefore decided to decommission the wind farm.

first windfarm dismantledAll wind turbine components and parts from the foundations were shipped to shore in Nyborg Harbour. The components will be reused as much as possible as spare parts for other wind turbines, while the blades will be reused in an innovative noise barrier concept. Prior to this, however, some of the blades will become part of a research project at DTU Risø. Components that are not immediately reusable have been transported to a certified recovery company.

After having generated green power for more than 25 years, the traces of the world's first offshore wind farm, 'Vindeby' near Lolland, are now gone.

"And the tale of the world's first offshore wind farm off Vindeby on Lolland will be preserved for posterity with one wind turbine from Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm becoming part of the exhibition at the Danish Museum of Energy in Bjerringbro in Jutland," says Leif Winther, Senior Lead Business Developer in DONG Energy.

Watch the video below to see this milestone in the history of renewable energy.