Finland –The country's largest windmill is currently under construction in Oulu

Wind energy accounts for some 0.2 percent of Finland's electricity consumption

Construction and installation work on Finland's largest, three-megawatt wind power generator began on an island fronting Oulu on Thursday. The height of the windmill is 90 metres, with the rotors also measuring 90 metres in diameter. The tips of the rotors reach an altitude of 135 metres. The machinery and rotor blades of the windmill will be installed on Friday. Electricity production will then commence, with the estimated annual output of the windmill lying at 6,900 megawatt hours. This amount is equivalent to the consumption of around 500 single-family homes with electric heating. The total capacity of Finland's existing wind generators is 85 megawatts, with the most common windmill size being at 0.6 megawatts.

Wind energy accounts for some 0.2 percent of Finland's electricity consumption. In order to replace the new nuclear power plant that is being built in Olkiluoto, 1,600 windmills would be needed. Windmills have been going up in Finland since 1991, and the Oulu windmill is the country's 91st. The project’s costs lie at 3.2 million Euros, 40 percent of which originates in the form of a subsidy from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The windmill was delivered by Winwind, a young Oulu-based company. Winwind has a 0.1-percent slice of the global windmill market and utilises new German technology that allows for machinery to be compressed into a much smaller space as compared to what was previously possible. Georg Böhmeke, the German engineer who designed the new technology, laments that the promotion of wind energy continues to meet with more obstacles in Finland than in Germany.

Online editorial www.windfair.net
Trevor Sievert, Online Editorial Journalist
Finland, wind energy, wind power, wind farm, offshore, onshore, Cape Wind Associates

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