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Published on August 1st, 2014 | by Jake Richardson


144 MW Near-Shore Wind Farm For The Netherlands

August 1st, 2014 by  

Forty-eight direct drive wind turbines have been ordered from Siemens for the Netherlands’ largest near-shore wind farm.

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The Westermeerwind wind farm will be built near IJsselmeer lake, which is a man-made body of freshwater fed mostly by the Rhine river. The lake covers about 1100 square kilometers and is near the Dutch municipality of Noordoostpolder, which is the largest municipality in terms of land area.

Arranged in three rows of sixteen, the 48 Siemens SWT-3.0-108 wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power about 160,000 homes. It is expected they will be operational by early 2016. Each Siemens turbine generates 3 MW and uses a gearless design.

The turbine array will be situated at least 500 meters from a local dike and in shallow waters. Turbine installation will be made possible by the use of special floating barges. About 150 temporary jobs will be created during the installation phase and 30 permanent employees will be need for operation and maintenance for the fifteen-year service period. Siemens will service the wind farm during that period as part of the deal.

The Netherlands has a goal of generating about 14% of its electricity from renewables by 2020, so adding 144 MW of wind power will help achieve that goal.

In 2010, the Nethelands only generated about 4% of its electricity from renewables. Wind, solar, biofuel and geothermal are the most common forms of renewables there. Biofuels and onshore and offshore wind power have good potential there.

The Netherlands wants to have 6,000 MW of onshore wind power installed by 2020. Currently, the country has about 2,000 onshore wind turbines established.

The Dutch government has said that currently offshore wind is less favorable due to the costs. There are only 228 MW of offshore wind farms generating electricity. Several years ago, it was reported that the Dutch were  sort of ‘falling out of love’ with windmills, but that may have been more about offshore wind farms.

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  • JamesWimberley

    The EU target for 2020 is 20% of all energy consumption – not just electricity – from renewables (link). The Dutch 14% target is also for energy, not electricity (link). I don’t know why the usually progressive Netherlands are lagging. They have very little solar (0.5% of electricity), but it has finally started to grow..

    The farm will be in the Ijsselmeer, not near it.

    • Hans

      Unfortunately, the Dutch population, and thus the government, has shifted to the right. Furthermore, NIMBYs are very successful in frustrating new wind energy projects.

      • JamesWimberley

        You would think the Dutch would be really, really worried by the prospect of higher sea levels. On the other hand,it’s a business opportunity, as nobody else has the knowledge.

        • No way

          Business opportunity to learn how to live under water? I’ve seen a lot of villages with houses on high poles in places where they get floodings for a period of time during the year. It might be a solution for the dutch. 🙂

      • I have noticed that in various areas of Dutch society. Do you have any insight on what caused this? Or just think it’s the ebb and flow of sociopolitical thought?

        • Hans

          I am not a sociologist but I can speculate a bit, and repeat what I have read elsewhere.

          A huge part of the right seems to be motivated by resentment against the left. If an issue is seen as being “left-winged” they are automatically against it. A bit like your American culture war, but one-sided from right to left. I often get the idea these people are still angry with the socialist party as it was in the seventies: dogmatic, pretentious and not being able to deliver up on their promises. That the current left has moved to a party that only tries to limit the negative side-effects of a capitalistic society, seems to have gone by unnoticed.

          For the rest:

          – Globalisation causes people to feel threatened, by the outside world. People who feel threatened tend to become more conservative.
          – Problems with the integration of immigrants that were ignored in the past, out of fear of being called a racist.
          – The more complex the world becomes, the more people crave for simple world-views. The right can deliver such simple views, because it has a simple ideal for society: free markets, and everybody for themselves. The left has the realisation that left ideals must be reached within the context of a capitalistic society, making everything more complex and nuanced.

          I think it is not so different from the move to the right in the rest of the world I think.

    • No way

      It’s kind of funny… There have been so many articles when they write energy and really mean electricity. Then when they write electricity it’s actually the total energy it should have been. 😛

    • CR

      Completely unsurprising. Netherlands is the most densely populated EU country if you disregard the small island nation of Malta. Both wind and to a lesser extent solar require area. They are also flat, so they don’t have the existing renewable percentage from hydro that others have.

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