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A Major Offshore Operation - Transformer Stations for Renewable Energy

Stations for Renewable Energy The German government has announced an ambitious plan to bring 10,000 wind turbines along the North and Baltic Sea coasts online by 2030, in order to help meet Germany's energy needs. But the construction of those turbines is a major task, and the work is taking longer than expected.

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Two giant converter platforms to facilitate power transport are now being built in a shipyard in Wismar. It's the only place where there is enough room to install the high-tech, 18-meter platforms. Made in Germany reporter Claudia Laszczak visited a shipyard in Wismar where two new converter platforms are under construction. That means big contracts and big business for ship-builders, techonlogy providers and grid operators. But many wind park builders aren't getting enough money to fund their investments - which means the transition to renewable energy could come to a standstill.