Wind power park for voestalpine starts running

A wind power park with nine turbines generating power for voestalpine has officially started operation in the Stanglalm region of the state of Styria (Steiermark) in Austria, Kallanish learns from the Austrian Wind Energy Association (IG Windkraft).

The nine Vestas V 126 turbines will together generate 89 gigawatt hours of electricity, according to the association. They come in addition to another nearby wind park also with nine turbines. The energy will be sold exclusively to voestalpine, to feed the steelmaker’s consumption of renewable power from regional sources.

At the opening ceremony, voestalpine executive board member Franz Kainersdorfer emphasised the importance of the wind park for the group’s “greentec steel” transition programme, which involves a changeover to EAFs through 2027. The group last week announced the groundbreaking for its greentec steel programme, which is projected to secure an investment of €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion).

Styria is currently home of 114 wind turbines with a capacity of 294 megawatts. The association sees the potential for as much as 16 terawatts in the state.

Christian Koehl Germany