The 98 meter high concrete tower of a wind turbine on the Schauinsland mountain near Freiburg is to be blown up on Friday at 2 p.m. This creates space for the construction of a higher and more powerful wind turbine, said the managing partner of the green electricity group Freiburg, Andreas Markowsky, the German Press Agency.
The event is a premiere: the Stuttgart Ministry of the Environment announced on request that no wind turbine had previously been blown up in the state. The rotor blades of the plant have already been dismantled, as Markowsky said.
If you want to be there live, you can follow the event in the stream under this link: SWR will broadcast from 1:50 p.m
A second wind turbine, also 20 years old, at an altitude of almost 1000 meters will remain standing for the time being in order to continue producing electricity, said Markowsky. The tower should then be blown up in the spring. There is not enough space on the so-called Holzschlägermatte not far from the Schauinsland summit for two new large wind turbines. The previous systems each have a total height of 133 meters.
The new facility, on the other hand, will have a total height of 229 meters. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring, and 7.2 million euros will be invested. According to Markowsky, the plant will produce around ten million kilowatt hours of electricity every year. That corresponds to the annual consumption of 3,500 households. "The new system brings twice as much electricity as the two old ones together," said the manager. The demolition cost around 200,000 euros.
The expansion of wind power in Baden-Württemberg has recently been sluggish. But it could pick up speed in the future - that's how the Federal Wind Energy Association in Baden-Württemberg saw it in June. According to the Stuttgart Environment Ministry, ten new systems with a total output of 38 megawatts were added by the end of August. In the entire previous year there were only five plants.
The operator of the Holzschlägermatte site is the company Regiowind Freiburg - it is managed by green electricity and the energy supplier Badenova. The facility is owned by almost 500 citizens. Traffic restrictions in the area are expected during the blasting. Page of the green power group Badenova on wind turbines from Regiowind.
Demolitions of large structures regularly attract a lot of attention. In May, for example, the Rahmede viaduct on Autobahn 45 in Sauerland was blown up. The gallery shows the images of the event:
Around 150 kilograms of explosives brought down the 70 meter high bridge.