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let’s dev Blog | Tailwind: An innovative project for the future use of old wind turbines
by Karl
24. Juni 2021

Tailwind: An innovative project for the future use of old wind turbines

Based on the proverb "They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind", it becomes clear that everyone will be held accountable for their actions at some point. This also applies to the world population, which deprives the earth of its raw materials. With the use of the proverb in a positive way: If we make use of the perceptible, never fading wind that never dies down, we will gain energy. Infinite energy. And energy is the basis of electricity and heat, which we cannot survive without.

Wind turbines as a re-use object

Wind energy is one of the most powerful and future-oriented renewable energies. As long as we use the maximum capacity of the wind turbines. But how? It is clear that the actual service life of each wind turbine must be fully exploited. The keyword is: sustainability! In so many areas, people are realizing the benefit of reusing and recycling. The "throwaway society" is changing to a "re-use society." Clothes, furniture, cars or other items change hands and are used multiple times. One person wants something new, the other is happy about the used, cheaper item. This trend can be transferred to many areas, including environmental protection, the energy turnaround and ultimately also wind turbines: "Re-Power" is the objective here.

Germany is already well on the way to using renewable energies. By 2030, the share of green electricity should already be 65%. To achieve this goal, however, the expansion of plant capacities must not be allowed to falter.

A major issue with wind energy is the availability of vacant land for large onshore turbines. Currently, there are hardly any free areas that could be used for a wind farm. In addition, the end of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG for short) subsidy for wind turbines, which comes into effect after 20 years, makes it difficult to operate wind projects profitably. The future of the subsidized plants (approx. 25% of the current stock until 2025) has been uncertain so far: The research project "Tailwind" starts exactly there!

The challenge of enabling the depleted plants to operate for further years is being taken up by the "Tailwind" project. A digital B2B platform business model is to be launched on the market.

The vision of the tailwind project

The project "Tailwind" creates a new platform that brings together existing plant operators from Germany as well as foreign operators and project developers to jointly initiate wind projects.

Who is this innovative concept for continued operation aimed at? To operators in Germany who make their turbines available and want to continue to generate revenue by operating these wind turbines abroad for several years in the future. In addition, new operators abroad who, without this research project, would find it difficult to afford wind turbines and who are introduced to the market through the support of a German service company. This is an innovative concept for continued operation that has not existed before. Innovative power creates wind power! This is how "Made in Germany" becomes "Operated by Germany".

For all three partners, the operator from Germany, its service company and the new operator abroad, attractive synergies are created for the expansion of renewable energies. The old plant operators will continue to participate in the electricity yield through the "pay-per-kWh" principle. Thanks to the attractive feed-in tariff in the respective country, they receive a corresponding payment for every kWh produced by their old plant. The new operators draw on the know-how of their German business partners. The service companies and manufacturers, who also come from Germany, gain more cost-effective access to the international growth market. In addition, the goal of the project is recycling. And this according to the standards valid in Germany in order to establish proper dismantling.

This is how the Tailwind project works; a win-win-win for all market participants

Illustration 1: The funcitionality of the "tailwind" project


Who is behind the project?

The overall package and responsibility for the "Tailwind" project is borne by the company WIV GmbH from Gelnhausen, which has been operating wind-turbine.com, the world's largest B2B online platform for the wind industry, since 2012. Currently, this platform is being further developed with additional features in the co-working space "KINZIG.VALLEY" in Gelnhausen.

Founder of the platform www.wind-turbine.com and Managing Director of WIV GmbH Bernd Weidmann: "We don't have much time left! Innovative ideas and pragmatic approaches are needed now to manage the global energy transition. It simply has to happen faster and we are very motivated to actively make our contribution with our partners from Karlsruhe!"

In cooperation with the "Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences" and the IT company let's dev GmbH & Co. KG (technical implementation), the innovative platform business model is being developed.

Prof. Dr. Carsten Hahn, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (XLAB) and partner in the research project is enthusiastic: "We at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences are very pleased to be developing an innovative platform business model for the wind industry in the Tailwind project. This is because the Tailwind project not only offers us a real use case with competent partners, but also enables us to make our contribution to the energy transition."

Managing Director Dr. Karl-J. Wack (let's dev GmbH & Co. KG) also adds: "The energy turnaround is a key aspect in shaping the future in a safe, environmentally compatible and economical way. With the Tailwind project, we are closing an essential gap in the re-use of wind turbines, contributing to the energy transition and promoting sustainability." The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy supports and finances the project "Tailwind" with the "Innovation Program for Business Models and Pioneer Solutions" (IGP).

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