Germany has launched its first offshore wind farm just as scepticism in the country is growing over the effects of climate change.
The Alpha Ventus project is a late arrival onto the renewable energy source scene – both the UK and Denmark already have several hundred megawatts worth of offshore wind power plugged into their national grids.
But the park which is located 45 kilometres off the Lower Saxony coast has been called a “pioneering project” and is remarkable in its scale.
The energy generated is set to power some 50,000 homes, producing 10,000 megawatts now but rising to 25,000 by 2030.
Twelve windmills towering as high as Cologne’s Cathedral can be seen from great distances. They are in deeper water and further offshore than any other European project in order to avoid Germany’s national park coastline.
But it comes as a recent opinion poll says fewer than 42 percent of Germans are now concerned about climate change and up to a third of people asked do not trust the scientific research.