RWE is modernizing its Elisenhof wind farm in western Germany by replacing nine old wind turbines with two new wind turbines this winter. This is expected to more than double the electricity production at the site.
Construction of the foundations for this repowering project, with a total output of 11.4 megawatts, has already been completed. As soon as the wind conditions allow, the 72.4-meter-long (238-foot-long) rotor blades will be installed. Once commissioned, the wind farm will generate enough green electricity to meet the demand of an estimated 5,500 households per year.
In conjunction with the repowering, the decommissioned wind turbines will be given a second life in Spain. RWE said the main components of the old turbines — nine sets of rotor blades, nacelles, hubs and control cabinets — were transported to Spain, overhauled and refurbished in the company’s own workshop. They now serve as a spare parts store for identical turbines operated by RWE in Spain.