In Germany, the development of the industrial use of wind power has essentially been shaped by the resolutions of the Federal Act on the Sale of Electricity to the Grid (Stromeinspeisungsgesetz) in 1991 as well as the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG) in March of 2000, which finally enabled the cost-effective operation of plants for the use of renewable energy.
Oliver Heinecke started his activities in the wind power industry in 2001. Since then he has accompanied several companies from the niche market to today's industrial level, assuming different roles and functions.
Since 2003, his focus has been on handling multi-megawatt plants with 5 MW of power and larger as well as on developing offshore wind farms. As a responsible planner and executive, he has realised projects with partly extraordinary technical challenges:
- 2004: Construction of the largest wind energy plant at the time in Brunsbüttel on the Elbe River (Germany) with a capacity of 5 MW, a rotor diameter of 126 meters and a hub height of 125 meters.
- 2006–2007: Beatrice Demonstrator project (Scotland) in an unmatched water depth of 47 meters, at a distance of more than 40 kilometers from the coast and applying an extraordinary construction method for the pre-installed complete WTG by means of a floating crane.
- 2009: Thornton Bank Phase I (Belgium) with many firsts, like the application of separate construction and transport logistics as well as the special, project-specific adaption of the jackup barges and cranes and the use of concrete gravity based foundations in water depths up to 27 meters.
During this period, Oliver Heinecke assumed more and more responsibility for the planning and realization of other systems and services necessary for the construction and later operation of the wind power plants, e.g. transfer, harbor and logistic concepts, vessel and construction concepts, construction tools, offshore access systems, operation concepts and much more.
In October 2013, Oliver Heinecke started working as a freelance consultant with REPROCON, offering more than 10 years of professional project planning and control experience in the field of renewable energy projects.
In October 2017, he was able to win Heiner Strauß as his partner. Together they founded REPROCON GmbH, which at the turn of 2017/2018 was registered at Lübeck local court.
Heiner Strauß started working in the wind power industry in 2002 as the director of the service department at REpower Systems AG (today: Senvion), where he was in charge of building up the sites in Trampe (Brandenburg) and Husum (North Frisia) as well as further service sites.
Since then he has assumed different roles as a manager at REpower and RWE Innogy, always with technical and commercial responsibility. His largest project was the installation phase of the offshore wind farm “Nordsee Ost”.