The expansion of renewable energy is a political objective in all countries around the world, with hydropower being a decades-old form of power generation. There is huge potential in the exploitation of wind energy – both onshore and offshore – as well as solar energy with the help of solar thermal and photovoltaic plants. Biomass can also be used to generate heat and electricity or to produce fuel. A further option in favorable locations is the generation of electricity in geothermal power plants.
Fichtner is experienced in the engineering of plants based on renewable energy sources - throughout all project phases, from feasibility studies to commissioning, and for all sizes of project, from small-scale through to major schemes involving several hundred megawatts of installed capacity. Fichtner undertakes complete project and risk management for such projects. It also has expertise in the handling of across-the-board tasks such as market analyses, assessment of funding programs and due diligence services.
With the newly founded Fichtner Wind Energy GmbH in Hamburg the Fichtner Group provides the entire bandwidth of specialist disciplines for offshore projects as owner’s and lender’s engineer.
The transition from a predominantly fossil-based to a predominantly renewables-based energy economy calls also for a transformation of the grid infrastructure, since favorable sites for power generation from renewable energy sources are often far away from the centers of consumption. Thus, for instance, Fichtner is working on projects for linking offshore windfarms to the grid. In addition, solar- and wind-based power generation, in particular, is highly unpredictable and not amenable to being planned in fifteen-minute blocks. This results in an increased need not only to store energy, such as in pumped-storage hydropower plants, but also to meet the demand for balancing power. Fichtner’s broad range of services offers the guarantee of expert consultancy also in these areas.