New partnership for international offshore wind farms

Dutch-German Company Wind Minds joins trade mission to Japan and Korea

THE NETHERLANDS / GERMANY – Four Dutch and German consultancies in the field of offshore renewable energy have teamed up and established a new international consultancy company Wind Minds with the objective to combine all their expertise and experience in developing and building new offshore wind farms in North West Europe, America and Asia.

One of their first targets are Japan and Korea, countries being visited when Wind Minds joins the trade mission of Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp, between October 27th and November 4th. This mission accompanies King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima during their state visit to both countries.

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The four companies combined employ over 100 specialist with over 15 years of experience and were directly involved in over 40 offshore wind projects in Northwest Europe, the US, Canada and Asia. Together they have expert knowledge which covers all phases of a wind farm life cycle. From feasibility studies to development and construction management to technical due diligence. “With Wind Minds we have created a one stop shop for developers, investors, governments and utility companies. Our focus is to be a pro-active partner for our clients, providing them with independent consultancy in all disciplines related to offshore wind power” says Arno Verbeek of Pondera Consult. Other participating companies are MECAL Independent eXperts, Ep4 Offshore, and BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH.

According to Wind Minds the European energy future is being shaped by offshore wind farms. North West Europe offers excellent opportunities for offshore wind power. ,”Offshore wind energy is the fastest growing energy sector in Europe,” says Verbeek. “At this moment sixteen new offshore wind farms are being built, producing nearly 5 Gigawatts of sustainable power when constructed. Europe now has 73 offshore wind farms in 11 countries, with a combined capacity of 7.5 Gigawatts.

Wind Minds will use this trade mission to further promote their offshore wind expertise in Japan and Korea. Verbeek: “We are already based in Asia which allows us to closely support the development and construction of offshore wind farms in this region. Similarly, because of our North-European background we can support Asian companies in obtaining a market share in Europe.”

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For further information please contact Arno Verbeek of Wind Minds. Tel: 0044-7824165942, e-mail:

National Cultural Heritage Institute seminar

To achieve the ambitious Dutch national renewable energy targets, a substantial increase of installed onshore wind energy is required over the next few years. Inevitably, wind energy will also appear near cultural heritage sites. The potential tension, but also the opportunities that arise from this combination was discussed at an interactive platform discussion organized by the National Cultural Heritage Institute (RCE) on October 8th.

Pondera Consult was invited by the RCE to present on the relation between wind energy and protected cultural heritage sites and, more specifically, historic cityscapes. Since this relation and possible effects are primarily visual, good imagery is crucial. Therefore our unique live size visualization screen was utilized to enhance the presentation and discussion.


Final permit issued for wind farm Nieuwe Waterweg

The municipality of Rotterdam issued the final permit for wind farm Nieuwe Waterweg in Hoek van Holland The Netherlands

This project consists of 8 wind turbines, projected parallel to the Nieuwe Waterweg channel near the famous Maeslantkering. The eight wind turbines will produce enough electricity to power 30.000 houses in the area and are an important step in the renewable energy targets set by the municipality of Rotterdam and province of Zuid Holland.

Pondera Consult wrote the EIA and spatial plan for this project and is still involved as project advisor for the wind farm developer.

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