Amrumbank West to power Deutsche Bahn trains

In: Windfarms
19/11/2020
RWE
Starting in 2024, Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) will be powered by electricity from RWE Renewable’s Amrumbank West offshore wind farm. The relevant power purchase agreement (PPA) has been signed by Deutsche Bahn and RWE Supply & Trading, RWE’s trading subsidiary. The PPA will begin in 2024 and run until 2039.

Deutsche Bahn is one of the largest consumers of green electricity in Germany. By 2038, all of the electricity powering Deutsche Bahn’s trains is to come from 100% renewables; the rate is currently 61%. The company’s hydropower stations have been providing around 880 megawatt hours of green electricity a year to Deutsche Bahn since 2014. In 2019, RWE closed a PPA with Deutsche Bahn to supply electricity from its
Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm, also close to Heligoland.

Andree Stracke, Managing Director of RWE Supply & Trading, is delighted: “We were already supplying Deutsche Bahn with green electricity today. This additional agreement will help our long-standing partner to achieve their ambitious climate protection goals. We are increasingly supplying and shaping green electricity for our industrial customers in Europe.”


The 288 MW
Amrumbank West wind farm covers an area of approximately 32 km² and is located around 35 km north of the island of Heligoland and 37 km west of the North Frisian island of Amrum.  It has been in operation since 2015 and features 80 Siemens SWT-3.6-120 wind turbines. The supply volume to Deutsche Bahn requires the capacity of 18 wind turbines, or around one quarter of the annual generation capacity of the offshore wind farm. That’s a total of around 260 MWh. This is enough to supply around 300,000 households with clean energy every year.

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