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Wind farm in focus: De Veenwieken Wind Farm

In the eastern part of the Netherlands, between Ommen, Hardenberg en Dedemsvaart, where till recently green pastures dominated the view, ten Enercon wind turbines are slowly rising on the horizon. All in close cooperation with the local citizens. On 7 September, this onshore wind farm De Veenwieken, opened the construction site to the public. De…

The sun is not going to make the difference, offshore wind is

To bring the energy transition to a success, Europe will have to invest in wind energy. A significant part of that wind energy will have to come from offshore wind turbines. Numerous countries in Europe are currently working on the installation of ever larger offshore wind farms. But to be able to build those wind…

HSM Offshore: Building the heart of an offshore wind farm

In 2002, HSM Offshore built the offshore substation for the first offshore wind farm, the Danish Horns Rev 1. Almost 17 years and several wind farm generations later, the Dutch manufacturing company is still building offshore platforms for the wind energy industry. The latest being the Borssele Alpha and Beta platforms. You won the contracts…

Stepping up to serve the future grid

Future grid capacity is currently a hot topic in the Netherlands. With the wind projects becoming larger, especially at sea, what are the requirements in terms of cable designs? Wind Energy Magazine spoke to Mario Loi and Hans Schwirtz at the Delft production facility and head office for the Nordics of international energy and telecom…

Future offshore wind farms require bold solutions

The Netherlands faces an enormous challenge of producing 49 terawatt hours of electricity from wind turbines at the North Sea by the year 2030. The only solution seems to be ever larger turbines far away from the coast, as was discussed at the National Wind Energy Event April 17 in Rotterdam. But how do we…

Wieringermeer Wind Farm: Building the largest Dutch repowering project

Vattenfall is currently building one of the largest Dutch wind farms in the Wieringermeer. In this enormous stretched area, covering around 300 square kilometres, the wind has free play at all times. With 82 wind turbines, this is also the company’s largest Dutch onshore wind project developed by themselves. We talked to Ruben Lindenburg, Project…

Innovation doesn’t stop with subsidy-free tenders

In the coming years, offshore wind energy in the Netherlands will get a big boost. By 2030, the total installed offshore wind capacity is planned to be 11.5 GW. Where a few years ago, offshore wind was seen by the general public as the most expensive climate solution, it has now become one that needs…

Windunie – developing with and for the community

When in 1998 the energy market was liberalised in the Netherlands, all of the sudden wind turbine owners were free to choose who they wanted to sell their electricity to, just like the energy companies in turn had the right to refuse. This completely changed the energy market. Axel Posthumus saw an opportunity and started…

Creating synergy between education and industry

With a 752 MW offshore wind farm rising on the horizon as of 2020 and another one in the following year, the southern Dutch province of Zeeland offers many job opportunities for young people in the province for at least the next two decades. Danish developer Ørsted, winner of the first offshore wind farm Borssele…