As Europe's leader in wind energy for many years, Denmark is naturally dotted with wind turbines. They have all been built to last, and so there are a good many old ones dating from the early era of technological development when turbines were physically smaller and of lower output.
But these quaint old machines will become an increasingly rare sight, as the energy companies operating in Denmark carry out their repowering programmes. As professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer) reports, one such example has just begun up by the Limfjord in northern Jutland.
Energy company Vattenfall has erected the first of thirteen 2.3 MW Siemens wind turbines that will replace 77 old wind turbines while at the same time generating twice as much power – approx. 120 million kWh per year, which will cover the electricity consumption of 30,000 households.
Vattenfall's project is one amongst several that have been realised with subsidies from the Danish state originating from a replacement scheme, which was passed in 2004.
Vattenfall calls the realisation of its project 'a success story' and praises the two involved municipalities, Vesterhimmerland and Aalborg, for being instrumental in its realisation.
Mayor Jens Lauritzen of Vesterhimmerland's municipality says that people living in houses in the area where the new wind turbines are being erected are used to them and that the positive attitude is also helped by "the closest neighbours getting the opportunity from Vattenfall to buy a share in the wind turbines."