Photo Gallery The Alpha Ventus Wind Park

The German government would like to see dozens of wind parks in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Construction on the first wind farm begins in August.
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Germany would like to see a number of new offshore windparks in the North Sea. Construction on the first -- the Alpha Ventus park -- will begin in August. Read about offshore wind farms here. 

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The Baltic Sea is also being eyed as a site for new, offshore wind parks.

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Offshore parks have the advantage that the wind blows more consistently and the size of the turbines can be much greater.

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Winds at sea are more consistent and stronger, meaning they generate much more electricity. But, offshore wind parks are much more difficult -- and expensive -- to build.

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