Pondera signs MoU with ENMARO in Poland

ENMARO and Pondera Consult tighten cooperation to drive Polish offshore wind projects Świnoujście, Poland – June 6th, 2024   Poland’s ENMARO and the Netherlands’ Pondera Consult have agreed on closer cooperation. They signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to jointly source, define, and target potential offshore wind project opportunities in Poland, leveraging their combined products…

Pondera as proud sponsor of Eco-Runner Team Delft attended Design Presentation Eco-Runner XIV

  On February 28, 2024, Eco-Runner Team Delft presented the design of the Eco-Runner XIV. As a proud sponsor of Eco-Runner Team Delft, Pondera attended this presentation.   The Eco-Runner Team Delft is a team of enthusiastic students from Delft University of Technology. Every year they design the most efficient hydrogen-powered car possible. They participate…

Pondera Consult concludes agreement for Wando Geumil Offshore Wind Project in Korea

  Pondera Consult, together with its subcontractors DWT and OutSmart is pleased to have concluded a Sub-Consultancy Agreement with Korean company Yooshin Engineering Corporation for the Wando Geumil Offshore Wind Project in Korea. End client Wando Geumil Offshore Wind Co. (SPC), whose majority shareholder is KOEN (Korea South East Power Co. Ltd.), requested Operations &…

Meet our new Ponderians!

  Pondera welcomes 6 new team members who started in December and in January. With their own knowledge and experience they will strengthen various Pondera teams. All of them are driven to contribute to the energy transition. We are happy to introduce them to you.   Dong Khanh Linh joined Pondera Vietnam as a Renewable…

Pondera supports Sri Lanka on offshore wind

    Pondera has just started an extensive assignment commissioned by the World Bank to support the Sri Lankan government on offshore wind. According to the recently published roadmap by the World Bank, the South Asian island nation has great potential for offshore wind development. The initial scouting exercise estimates locational potential of about 27…

Pondera expands across the borders

  Our international team continues to expand! In recent months, we have welcomed three new colleagues in our offices abroad: Anneke in Indonesia, Truc in Vietnam and Gertjan in Finland. We would like to introduce them to you. Anneke Julianita works as a business developer in our Jakarta office. Her enthusiasm to accelerate the energy…

Pondera and Rebel Group team-up to study the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) in South Africa and Indonesia

Pondera is proud to announce to have been awarded a project for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For this project an analysis is conducted and an implementation plan is designed to determine how the Netherlands can best contribute to the implementation of the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) in South Africa and Indonesia. Pondera…

Pondera is growing!

We are proud to welcome new colleagues to Pondera: Anja Schönnebeck, Timon Schellekens en Janno Heger have recently joined us. We are happy to introduce these brand new team members.  Anja Schönnebeck  After studying Geophysics, she got her PhD at the University of Twente on Large Eddy Simulations of wind farms. Anja loves to travel,…

Change of directors at Pondera Consult

  Martijn ten Klooster succeeds Sergej van de Bilt as director of Pondera Consult as of March 6. Sergej will continue to work within Pondera as senior consultant and partner. Martijn takes over the daily management from Sergej and together with Paul Janssen as deputy director, will form the new management of Pondera Consult. In…

Two new faces at Pondera!

    We proudly welcomed our new colleagues who started with us in January 2023: Joann Smit and Roy van Alst. We are happy to introduce them both to you.   Joann Smit As communications specialist, Joann plays an important role in environmental communication. He is a valuable asset to the Marketing & Communications team.…

‘What’s so appealing about being an entrepreneur? Being able to follow your instincts’

From an early age, Pondera founder Hans Rijntalder knew he wanted to become an entrepreneur. While studying in America, he discovered his passion for the environment and climate. ‘What’s so appealing about being an entrepreneur? Being able to follow your instincts.’ We were in conversation with R ijntalder about the energy supply of the future, Pondera’s new role and the importance of ‘steady but healthy’ growth.

Batteries: earning money based on price fluctuation

An increasing number of companies have one and even more are considering getting one: a battery. With more and more wind turbines and solar panels putting electricity on the grid, it is becoming progressively more challenging to balance supply and demand at every moment of the day. Batteries can provide a solution, but the business case can be complex and problematic, say Jeroen de Veth, Jim Quik and Mark Rijntalder of Pondera Consult.

Introducing our new colleagues!

Our team continues to grow. In recent months we have welcomed five new colleagues: Enriko, Gitte, Floris, Manuela and Linh. Read on to find out about our brand-new Ponderians.   Enriko Weijers Enriko has been the Finance Manager at Pondera since August 2022. During his career so far, he has gained extensive professional experience as…

An impeccable project: opening WP Strekdammen

Together with relations and colleagues we celebrated the opening of Windpark Strekdammen on August 31st. A project that has been realized by Pondera and Rebel in the Eemshaven estuary and consists of the installation of two nearshore GE Cypress 5.5 MW wind turbines. Windturbine supplier: GE Renewable Energy: Foundation supplier: KWS Infra Electrical work supplier: Alsema…

Signing of Pondera – Pertamina Study on integrated Offshore Wind Energy and Green Hydrogen production in Indonesia

JAKARTA – Pertamina Power Indonesia (Pertamina NRE) and Pondera Development BV (Pondera) signed a joint study agreement (JSA) on the development of Integrated Offshore Wind Energy & Green Hydrogen Production Facility on Tuesday (30/8) in Nusa Dua, Bali. The signing was carried out by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pertamina NRE Dannif Danusaputro and…

Three new faces at Pondera

Three new colleagues have recently joined the ever-growing Pondera team. Varildo, Mark and Egbert briefly introduce themselves below. Varildo Vaseur Varildo works as a Renewable Energy Advisor within the Contracting, Construction and Operations team. He started his career in Suriname and specialises in solar energy projects. ‘I am really looking forward to taking on new…

Clean energy? Support civil initatives

The energy transition is inevitable, and many people want clean energy. However, local residents may be concerned if a wind turbine is placed in proximity of their homes. Noise and shadow flickering may cause stress and annoyance for some. Prof. Dr. Gundula Hübner researches the social acceptance of renewable energy sources. ‘Everyone experiences the energy…

Pondera innovates with off-grid hydrogen production at sea

Industry, energy companies and the government all want an energy mix including hydrogen. The plans are ambitious: 8 gigawatts of hydrogen must be produced in the Netherlands by 2030. But there is still a lot unclear about the production, trade and use of hydrogen. Egbert Jansen, Contracting Team Manager at Pondera is eager to get started. ‘We want to start our project for off-grid hydrogen production at sea as soon as possible, even though the hydrogen market is not yet fully developed. If everyone keeps waiting, nothing will happen’.

Hydrogen rather final element than starting point in the energy transition

Offshore wind farms are on the rise. In the next ten years, another 10 gigawatts of capacity will be built in the North Sea, relatively close to the coast. But what happens after 2030? Will we continue to build? Will we be able to use the renewable energy, or will we turn it into hydrogen? We speak to Frans Rooijers and Martha Deen from the research and consultancy firm CE Delft.

Sif Group, representing KCI the engineers, GE Renewable Energy and Pondera sign an MoU for the feasibility study of a Green Hydrogen Centralized Offshore Wind Production Project: AmpHytrite

The AmpHytrite project is aimed at mastering the complexity of a centralized offshore and off-grid hydrogen production unit and is aiming a staged construction and operation of this green hydrogen offshore wind production unit. The ultimate objective of the project would be to contribute to affordable large-scale green hydrogen production at sea, thereby supporting decarbonization…

Pondera’s team continues to grow

Pondera continues to expand, and at the end of March, we welcomed five new colleagues: Mark, Desiree, Jeroen, Sergio and Richelle. Please allow us to introduce them to you. Mark Rijntalder Mark works as a Renewable Energy Consultant in the team Data-analysis and Modelling. As a result of his graduate internships at both Pondera and…

Pondera uses Whiffle’s unique weather prediction technology to advance to the next level of wind flow modelling

Pondera has entered into a license agreement with Whiffle to use Whiffle’s innovative model called GRASP (GPU-resident Atmospheric Simulation Platform). With Whiffle’s GRASP model, Pondera puts itself on the forefront of wind resource modelling. Whiffle’s unique technology involves Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) for running the weather simulations and allows users of the model to perform…

Financial close for Wind farm Bovenwind

At the end of November 2021, Wind farm Bovenwind achieved a financial close and the final notice to proceed was issued to wind turbine manufacturer ENERCON and contractor Van den Heuvel. Partly through the efforts of cooperative Wij Duurzaam Staphorst (WDS) and the water board WDO Delta, and the pleasant cooperation with the ASN Bank,…

Duiven wind turbines contract signed

In late October 2021, the Rijn & IJssel Regional Water Authority signed the delivery and maintenance contracts for two Enercon E-138 EP3 E2 wind turbines. These wind turbines, with a joint installed capacity of 8.4 MW, are due to be installed on the site of the sewage treatment plant on the InnoFase industrial estate in…

Management changes at Pondera Consult

Pondera has been in existence for over 14 years, and in that time it has grown into a flourishing business employing around 70 people in the Netherlands and abroad. The energy transition is associated with many different complex issues. In order to be able to continue to respond to future developments, we have decided to…

A fresh start in a refurbished office

Pondera in Arnhem has undergone a metamorphosis. On 25 October 2021, we moved into the new office next to Arnhem Central Station. The open look, fresh colours and a combination of open and closed work areas provide an inspiring and comfortable working environment. Naturally we have opted for sustainable materials and ergonomic furniture. The concept…

The sewage treatment plant as an energy hub

Pondera is conducting research for the Unie van Waterschappen (Dutch Association of Water Boards) into a sustainable solution to make sewage treatment plants less dependent on the electricity grid. This has led to the idea of a Smart Energy Hub: an electrolyser installed at a sewage treatment plant to produce green hydrogen. Combined with a…

Blog: From energy producer to energy hub

With the energy transition in full swing, the Dutch energy grid is becoming increasingly burdened. As a result, the supply of renewable energy to the grid is limited in some regions which therefore impedes the realisation of new renewable energy projects. This effect is also known as curtailment. To achieve further progress in sustainability, creative…

Blog: The safety of wind turbines

Fortunately it is a rare occurrence, but wind turbines can fail in such ways that they pose a risk to the safety of the surrounding area. Imagine the damage caused by a (part of a) rotor blade breaking off, the tower collapsing or the nacelle falling down. Although incidents almost never occur, research into the…

Reinforcement of the contracting team

Mark van Doorn has been employed by Pondera since 1 May 2021 and works within the CBE team, which is involved in the Contracting, Construction & Exploitation of sustainable energy projects. Mark has been active in the wind industry since 2000 and gained his experience at Lagerwey, Harakosan, XEMC Darwind and the last 7 years…

Start construction Windplan Groen

On 28 May 2021, the construction of Windplan Groen officially started. The first activities were the decommissioning of several existing wind turbines in the area and the construction of the high-voltage substation on the Olsterpad. All wind turbines are expected to be online in 2022. Windplan Groen is an initiative in the southeast of Flevoland,…

Pondera’s Podium: Marjolein Pigge

Pondera is always working hard to take sustainable energy projects a step forward. The Pondera team consists of juniors and seniors who contribute their expertise and knowledge to the energy transition and the use of natural resources. In the series Pondera’s Podium we’ll be putting our Ponderians in the spotlight via a short interview. We…

Pondera in the Top 250 Growth Companies

This week, the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) published the Top 250 Growth Companies for the fifth time. This time around Pondera is on the list as one of the 12 growth companies in Gelderland. Justin Jansen, professor of entrepreneurship and academic director of ECE says: “The companies are progressive in developing new solutions, but…

New CBE team leader: Egbert Jansen

On 1 April 2021, Egbert Jansen became team leader of the CBE (Contracting, Construction and Exploitation) team. The CBE team deals with the contracting, construction & exploitation of sustainable energy projects. Egbert succeeds Angelique Strijker who has left Pondera. Egbert has been with Pondera since 2018. Coming from the contracting industry, he felt at home…

Pondera’s energetic challenge

Colleagues at Pondera decided to fight against sitting down all day and motivate each other to clock up as many kilometres as they could for a good cause. The Ponderians have been forced to spend lots of time at home during lockdown. So, to motivate each other to keep moving, we created the 1000-Mile-Challenge. Over…

Blog: ‘The fine print’ of the Environmental and Planning Act (Omgevingswet) for the development of wind farms

‘Need to know’ for wind farm procedure choice On 1 January, 2022, the Environmental and Planning Act (Omgevingswet) will come into force according to the official schedule, although according to news in recent days, it seems to be heading for another postponement… However, as long as that postponement has not yet been formally announced, we…

Pondera and Eneco conclude framework agreement

To formalise the cooperation between Pondera and Eneco and to make it run more smoothly, Pondera has again concluded a framework agreement at the initiative of Eneco. Pondera and Eneco have been working together successfully for several years on various projects, such as Windpark Maasvlakte 2, Windpark Oranjepolder in Oosterhout and Windpark Nieuwe Waterweg. The…

Pondera kicks off in Estonia

Pondera is to start works in Estonia. We will use our expertise in environmental impact assessment for the Saaremaa offshore wind farm. The wind farm is expected to consist of a maximum of 100 turbines with a total capacity of more than 1,000 MW. Preparations for the Saaremaa Offshore Wind Farm started in 2015. In…

The Strekdammen project

At the end of 2020, Pondera and Rebel completed the financing for the Strekdammen Windpark (WPS) with ABN AMRO. Pondera and Rebel are planning to build two GE wind turbines with a total capacity of 11 MW in the estuary of Eemshaven. With the financial close completed, Pondera and Rebel, in collaboration with various stakeholders,…

Offshore wind development in the US

Now that the US has rejoined the Paris  Climate Agreement, offshore wind developers in that country foresee a bright future. In this new era, the US can make a giant leap and become an offshore wind energy forerunner in the foreseeable future. Pondera’s Maarten Jaspers Faijer outlines his vision on this development in his blog…

Pondera welcomes two new Ponderians

In 2021, Pondera will again welcome new colleagues to the team. The brand new Ponderians Frank and Bas started in January. We are certain that they will make a major contribution to the team. We would like to introduce our new colleagues to you: Frank Schellen With more than 10 years of experience in spatial…

Blog: Offshore wind in the US

US Offshore wind take-off In the last few months, a lot has been written on the potential take-off of offshore wind in the United States. Now that the US is ‘back in the game’ and is taking up on climate change by rejoining the Paris agreement, offshore wind developers foresee a bright short term future…

Borssele Offshore grid in focus

Since 2020, the two high-voltage connections Borssele Alpha and Beta have been operational. Borssele offshore grid transports two times 700 MW of wind energy from the Borssele offshore wind energy area to the national high-voltage grid. In this video some nice images are shown of the construction of the two offshore platforms, the offshore cables,…

Strekdammen gradient measurements

In the summer of 2020, Pondera was commissioned to perform a short wind measurement campaign to determine the effect of the existing wind farm Eemshaven on the wind speed. Earlier this year, Pondera Development purchased the right to build 2 wind turbines at the Dutch coastal project called Strekdammen, just to the north of Eemshaven.…

Final permit for Noordermeerdijk solar park

On 23rd November, 2020, the Noordoostpolder Municipality granted the final permit for the Noordermeerdijk solar park in the Noordoostpolder. Pondera and HVC worked together to submit the application for this permit. The solar park covers approximately 50 hectares and has a potential installed capacity of approximately 100 megawatt peak. This solar park will be capable…

ISO certification for Pondera

Pondera is ISO-9001 certified! The certification of the quality management system of Pondera Consult took place on November 18, 2020, in accordance with the guidelines of NEN-EN-ISO 9001: 2015. Our ISO certification extends to research and advice in the field of sustainable energy, climate, spatial planning and the environment. This is how we ensure we…

Blog: The realisation of a geothermal project

Geothermal energy is considered by many to be the ‘new’ source of sustainable energy. Since the drilling of the first geothermal wells in 2007, this technique has become increasingly sophisticated. The adverse effects on the environment are limited, so this energy source can be used to great effect. Geothermal energy is therefore playing a major…

Wind measurements in Indonesia

The Pondera team in Jakarta, led by Chandra Soemitro, recently installed the first LiDAR in Indonesia. Our colleague Maarten Graveland flew to Indonesia especially for the purpose of supporting the team in Jakarta with the installation of the LiDAR. In Maarten’s blog, you can see that this installation is slightly different than in the Netherlands.…

New branch office in Seoul

On September 1st 2020, Pondera’s new branch office was launched in Seoul in Korea, one of the most targeted countries in renewable energy. The company will serve Korean clients as a consulting and investment company in the field of renewable energy with a focus on offshore wind energy projects. Pondera has provided the specialised European…

Groen Wind Plan is irrevocable

On 16th September, the Council of State issued its decision on the integration plan and permits for the Groen Wind Plan. As a result of the decision, the integration plan and the permits are irrevocable and the wind plan can be built. Pondera congratulates the initiators united in Windkoepel Groen on this result. This decision…

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Pondera, CE Delft and BRO are working on the Energy Main Structure Program

In collaboration with CE Delft, BRO and Pondera will carry out the integrated effects analysis (IEA) for the Energy Main Structure Program (PEH) under the EIA / RIP framework agreement. The effect analysis was commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and in collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

Certificate for Haliade-X 12 MW

In June 2020, GE announced that the Haliade-X 12 MW received a provisional type certificate from DNV-GL. This makes it the most powerful turbine in the world, a step closer to full type certification. This is the ‘IECRE Provisional RNA Component Certificate’, which demonstrates that GE’s Haliade-X prototype meets the highest safety and quality standards.…