PUBLISHED March 1, 2023

Copenhagen Offshore Partners Welcomes Elmar Friedrich as Germany Market Director

March 1, 2023 – Copenhagen, Denmark: 

Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP), a leader in offshore wind project origination, development and construction in new and established markets around the world, announced Dr. Elmar Friedrich will join as Germany Market Director. Friedrich will lead market development activities for COP in the country, including offshore wind and integrated energy solutions.  

“We are incredibly proud to welcome Elmar Friedrich to our team,” said Keld Bennetsen, Head of Commercial and European Development Lead at COP. “Elmar brings valuable local market insights and project development expertise that will support COP’s activities in Germany, which is one of the leaders in Europe’s green energy transition.” 

Friedrich joins the company with nearly a decade of experience leading offshore wind development in global markets. Most recently, he served as Project Director for German offshore auctions on behalf of RWE Renewables. At RWE he also supported the establishment of RWE Offshore in the United States and the group’s success to secure early leases on the US East Coast.   

“I am very excited to join the COP team to advance Germany’s offshore wind buildout and also bring hydrogen to market,” said Friedrich. “Germany and Denmark are strong partners in the energy transition and together with COP’s exclusive partner, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, I believe we can support the German government in realizing its ambitious offshore wind and hydrogen goals through our innovative, sustainability-focused, and community-minded approach.” 

COP has deep project development experience in Germany and the North Sea region and the group is committed to supporting Germany to reach its 70 GW by 2045 offshore wind targets. In late 2022, COP opened an office in Hamburg in response to rapidly growing offshore wind and renewable energy ambitions across Europe and to address the need for experienced developers to drive projects forward. From 2015 to 2018, COP’s senior leadership led development up to operation of the 402 MW Veja Mate Offshore Project in the North Sea. 


About Copenhagen Offshore Partners 

Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP) is a world leader in development and construction of offshore wind projects with a track record of successfully taking projects through the most difficult phases and delivering per plan. COP is developing a 50+ GW portfolio of projects in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Americas and is supported by its headquarters in Denmark and offices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, the United States, Brazil, Australia, and Aotearoa New Zealand. COP works exclusively for one of the leading green infrastructure fund managers in the world, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), which has raised Euro 19 billion to date from more than 120 international institutional investors worldwide. COP is a proudly independent company owned by its management.