Rapid growth of wind power is happening.
Renewable energy is key to a fossil-free future
Driven by society’s need to tackle climate change, renewable energy generation continues to grow. Wind power alone is now providing 16% of Europe’s generation. Today, wind and solar are often the cheapest forms of new generation. The whole energy system is changing, and wind power is one of the most important energy sources for driving decarbonisation.
A market leader in wind energy
Vattenfall’s purpose is clear. We want to make fossil-free living possible within one generation. Expanding and integrating new renewable generation capacity is a core part of that mission. We are aiming for a strong portfolio of onshore and offshore wind in combination with solar and battery technology – to continue to play a strong role in the European energy transition.
Floating wind farms
The next big development in wind energy is floating wind farms whose wind turbine foundations aren’t fixed to the seabed. We are exploring this innovative technology in Scotland to unlock deep waters for renewable electricity production.
Offshore wind will be the backbone of the hydrogen economy
Thanks to its high number of full-load hours it is particularly well suited for the production of fossil-free hydrogen. Therefore, Vattenfall is investigating several projects and initiatives across Europe and is a founding member of the initiative AquaVentus, which has the ambition to install 10 GW of Offshore Hydrogen capacity in the German North Sea until 2035. We believe that cost-competitive fossil-free hydrogen can be achieved by 2030 by combining scale, standardisation and innovation in dedicated hydrogen-producing offshore wind farms.
Low carbon footprint
Rapid growth of wind power is happening and Vattenfall is looking into further minimizing the carbon footprint of wind turbines. Learn more in this video.
Vattenfall is well underway with the growth plan of quadrupling the renewable capacity by 2030. Today, Vattenfall is operating around 3 GW of wind capacity with more than 50 wind farms in Europe.
Examples of our flagship projects
Hollandse Kust, the world's first non-subsidised offshore wind farm
The construction of the 1.5 GW Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm started in the summer of 2021. By 2023 the world’s first subsidy-free offshore wind farm will be built off the Dutch coast. The fossil-free energy generated by the wind farm will benefit both households, businesses and industrial partners. Vattenfall is building Hollandse Kust Zuid together with its industrial partner BASF.
Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm
Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm has a capacity of 604 MW which makes it Denmark's and Scandinavia's largest offshore wind farm.
Since it was taken into operation in 2021, it has increased Danish production of wind power by 16 per cent. and its 72 offshore wind turbines are able to cover the annual energy consumption of approximately 600,000 Danish households.
Blakliden Fäbodberget onshore wind farm
Blakliden Fäbodberget, located in northern Sweden, is Vattenfall’s largest onshore wind farm to date. The annual production of just over 1 billion kWh equals the consumption of around 220,000 Swedish households.
Construction began in 2018 and the wind farm went into commercial production in spring 2022. As the turbines are taller, have a longer life span than previously and with a clear environmental focus on both transportation and choice of materials, the overall emissions during the next 30 years are estimated to be as low as 8 grams of CO2 per kWh.
The wind farm is located in Åsele and Lycksele municipalities, just south of the Arctic circle. The transportation of the many rotor blades and the construction work were challenging as temperatures reached as low as -30 degrees C from time to time, but all 84 wind turbines are now installed and in operation.
Two offshore wind farms off the coast of Norfolk
Vattenfall is planning two offshore wind farms off the coast of Norfolk that could power more than 3.9 million UK homes. Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas are part of the next generation of wind farms.
By working with communities, the supply chain, skills and environmental experts, we have designed projects that can bring real lasting benefits – to Norfolk and the UK.
Hybrid parks combine batteries, wind and solar
Watch the video: Batteries are balancing the grid stability and storing fossil-free electricity. In the Netherlands Vattenfall is combining the three technologies at the Haringvliet energy park.
News and press releases
Vattenfall has conducted the first large-scale seabed survey with uncrewed surface vessels. The results were very positive, both from a climate and a safety aspect. This opens up for a broad...
Vattenfall has entered a joint venture with Metsähallitus to build and operate Finland’s first major offshore wind farm. The project, located at Korsnäs off the Finnish west coast, will have...
Some say no to wind power, others are negative to nuclear power. But can we meet the energy challenge with just one or the other power source? Vattenfall Studio discusses the polarisation in...
Vattenfall has signed a contract with Siemens Energy and Aker Solutions AS to deliver grid connection infrastructure for the Norfolk Boreas Offshore Wind Farm off the British coast.
Vattenfall has obtained the right to develop the N-7.2 offshore wind power project off the German North Sea coast after having exercised its right of entry.
Our wind farms
Find out more about Vattenfall’s onshore and offshore wind farms, their location and other facts.
Synergies of wind, sun and battery storage
Wind and solar energy complement one another well. Solar power works best in the summer, when wind energy output tends to be lower, and wind generation is most effective in winter, when solar energy is low. In our Renewable Hybrid power plants we get the most out of the combined potential of solar, wind and battery technology and support balancing of the grid system.
In the Netherlands, we are building a solar park at the Haringvliet wind farm. It will be combined with a battery storage facility to support the integration of renewable energy into the system.
Wind – the fuel for electrification
To protect the climate, fossil fuels must not only be reduced in the electricity sector, but also in sectors such as transport, heat and industry. Integrating electricity from renewable energy sources into these sectors through the use of technology is called sector coupling. Sector coupling will play a key role in our strategy to use reneawble energy sources. Whenever there is excess of supply of electricity from wind and solar energy, it can be utilized in various ways with sector coupling applications, such as hydrogen, power-to-heat or batteries for e-mobility. Vattenfall invests in facilities to produce green hydrogen used in the industry or transport sector.
Wind power and the environment
The largest environmental impact of Wind power is during the building phase due to production of equipment and transportation. We carry out an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to assess the impact of both onshore and offshore wind projects. Wind power emits no CO2 when producing energy and it is the fastest growing energy source in the EU.
Environmental Product Declaration
We carry out an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to assess the impact of projects.