DUSSELDORF, Germany, May 29 (UPI) -- German utility company E.ON said it started laying down special containers to support foundations for a new wind farm off the northern German coast.
E.ON said it started preparation for the construction of the 288-megawatt Amrumbank West offshore wind farm, to be northwest of German archipelago Heligoland.
E.ON said it was deploying a special type of sand bag made from geotextiles that would prevent seabed erosion from around the foundations of the turbines.
"Separating the scour protection from the installation of the foundations has significant logistical advantages and helps to further reduce the cost of offshore wind energy," the company said in a statement. "E.ON's aim is to reduce the construction and operating cost of offshore wind farms by 40 percent by 2015."
Amrumbank West is one of three wind farms planned by E.ON for the North and Baltic seas. The company said it work to install 80 turbines at Amrumbank West this year.
Amrumbank West will have a peak capacity of 288 MW, enough to meet the yearly energy demands of 300,000 households. E.ON said the project would be finished by 2015 and reduce carbon emissions by more than 740,000 tons per year.