Summarized, major contributing factors to Bremerhaven's successful transformation process include the city's strategic maritime location with robust port facilities, the initiating of clever pro-active (political) support measures, and a substantial influx of fresh capital. Creating mutual benefits or a win/win situation for the city, as well as potential future partners, is one of the main pillars of Bremerhaven's pro-active support mechanisms.
Schulz quotes the support of wind turbine suppliers with a speedy prototype permitting-process as a clear example of this win/ win engagement: 'We issued the permit for Multibrid's first M5000 prototype within a six-week period, whereas a similar process elsewhere can easily take up to two or three years. In return for helping them out with a test location, we asked Multibrid in return to consider establishing a manufacturing facility in Bremerhaven. Such a request is by no means legally binding and only has the status of a gentlemen's agreement. However, a decision process can sometimes be made easier for potential partners, when their R&D efforts are also supported by the federal state of Bremen.'
Today in total five 5 MW turbines (four Multibrid M5000s and one REpower 5M) operate within the Bremerhaven city boundaries. In addition, Enercon has erected a 3 MW E-82 turbine, while PowerWind already operates a 900 kW prototype in the vicinity of its assembly plant and plans to erect a second similar turbine. Finally, three 2.3 MW Siemens turbines have been built in Bremerhaven too.
'Once all these wind turbines are grid-connected their cumulative energy yield roughly covers the total electricity demand for the entire Bremerhaven population. That in turn perfectly fits into our ambition to become a sustainable city in terms of energy production and use', Schulz says.
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