EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN GmbH
EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN

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EWE as an energy pioneer: How it all began

Without renewable energy, it wouldn’t be possible to achieve Germany’s climate goals, while simultaneously meeting the growing energy demands of the future. EWE has its roots in Northern Germany and has been taking advantage of the windy conditions there for quite a while. The north is known for its strong winds, which are ideal for converting wind energy into electricity. Since our beginning three decades ago, we’ve gone on to become a successful partner in the field of renewable energy.

It all started in 1989 in Pilsum, where we built our first wind farm. At the time, it produced a total of three megawatts, which, for the time, was a sensation! With a total of ten Enercon 32 turbines, the wind farm was a major pioneering project for the fledgling wind professionals at EWE. We even had an information centre that drew visitors from around the world.

Wind energy continued to make quantum leaps in terms of technology, demand, and possibilities, and as it did, so did our portfolio, thanks to new plant technology and grid integration. At the same time, the company invested in new technologies in the areas of biomass, hydropower, and solar energy. In 2010, EWE and its partners built the first offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

Today: EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN operates 360 megawatts (MW) of wind power on land and 170 MW at sea. Additionally, we’re active in other renewable energies with 11 MW each in hydropower and biomass, as well as 3 MW from photovoltaic energy.

Green energy: take advantage of the possibilities

We use our three decades of experience in renewable energy to actively and systematically shape the future. In doing so, we rely on proven technology in infrastructure, as well as the latest digital innovation. With intelligent grids, storage possibilities, and hydrogen projects, we’re actively working on solutions for an optimal balance between green electricity supply and demand.

Have a look at some of our company milestones over the last 30 years:

30 years of new energy

Timeline

1989

1989

1989

1989

Voilà: EWE builds the biggest farm in Germany at that time in Pilsum. Ten ENERCON turbines with a capacity of 300 kilowatts each.

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1999

1999

1999

Full speed ahead: EWE grows to operate a total of 44 wind turbines, producing more than 44 million kilowatts per hour of electricity.

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2004

2004

2004

Taking it to the top: EWE builds the largest wind turbine in the world at the Wybelsumer Polder wind farm with the 180-metre-high ENERCON 112.

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2007

2007

2007

2007

The next energy source: biogas. An EWE pilot project in Werlte, Lower Saxony, transforms biomass into “green” biomethane via innovative processing technology and distributes it into the regular gas network.

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2008

2008

2008

2008

For the fans: EWE installs the largest building-integrated photovoltaic system in Germany at the Weser-Stadion in Bremen.

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2010

2010

2010

2010

Pioneering spirit and teamwork at sea: Together, EWE, e.on, and Vattenfall build the first German offshore wind farm alpha ventus.

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2012

2012

2012

2012

Down by the riverside: In Bremen, the largest tidal-dependent run-of-river power plant in Europe is completed by the EWE subsidiary swb and goes online.

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2013

2013

2013

Together strong: EWE bundles its activities in the field of renewable energy generation in EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN GmbH.

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2014

2014

2014

2014

Offshore: With Riffgatt, EWE commissions the first commercial wind farm in the German North Sea.

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2015

2015

2015

Continued growth: More than 75 % of EWE NETZ’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources.

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2017

2017

2017

2016 + 2017

Neighbors profit: EWE involves private citizens from Hatten and Köhlen in two large regional wind farms.

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2018

2018

2018

Big goals: EWE’s new group strategy focuses on further wind onshore expansion with strong growth targets and high investment volumes.

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2019

2019

2019

Green energy is going places: The merger of swb CREA to EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN and its subsidiaries TurboWind in Hanover and Gewi in Husum results in a growing team of wind energy professionals. More than 100 experienced experts work in Germany for a greener energy future.

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2020

2020

2020

Sunny side up: EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN further expands with reliance on photovoltaic energy.

The subsidiaries Gewi Planung und Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG will merge into TurboWind Energie GmbH. The teams in Husum and Hannover are now part of the brand family under the new company name EWE ERNEUERBARE regional GmbH.

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