Consortium will support RVO.nl by conducting WRA HKN

A consortium consisting of Oldbaum Services, Pondera Consult, Whiffle and Deltares will support the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) by conducting a Wind Resource Assessment (WRA) for Wind Farm Zone Hollandse Kust (noord) (HKN). The quartet was awarded the contract, among others due to extensive prior experience both in Dutch and European offshore wind projects.

Uncertainty reduction

The WRA – a desk study on the wind climate in the area of future Wind Farm Zone HKN – is used as input for the modelling of wind farms and/or estimating the future energy production of a wind farm. The approach of the study has the goal of reducing the uncertainties in this wind energy project, which might lead to a reduction of costs.

Hollandse Kust (noord) zone, next to existing wind farms

In order to achieve the most accurate results possible, the consortium will use the latest, state-of-the-art measurements techniques and models. Data from metmasts and (floating) LiDARs (laser-based wind measurement devices) will be combined with already existing data from KNMI/Rijkswaterstaat monitoring stations. This allows the wind climate to be determined and verified.

1 million households

The Dutch government wants to achieve a 14% renewable energy share in 2020, growing to 16% in 2023. Wind energy is an important renewable energy source in the Netherlands.

Wind Farm Hollandse Kust (noord) Wind Farm Zone is one of the offshore Wind Farm Zones designated by the Dutch government, with a total power output of 700 MW. This Wind Farm Zone will be located 18.5 kilometres off the coast and will provide power to 1 million Dutch households. This Wind Farm Zone is one of the six new offshore Wind Farm Zones which will be developed in the Netherlands.

For more information, please contact:

Erik Holtslag (Pondera Consult) e.holtslag@ponderaconsult.com

Eric Arends (Pondera Consult) e.arends@ponderaconsult.com

Demand for wind measurement services quickly increasing

The demand for wind measurement services is increasing due to the growth and maturing of the wind energy market. Accurate wind resource assessments help in determining the right locations for wind turbines. Extensive knowledge of the local wind climate allows for a more precise wind farm layout design which is reflected in the final energy production. Wind resource assessments are also demanded by investors and wind energy financiers. The reduction of the uncertainty of energy yield estimations allows banks to finance wind energy projects on more favourable terms.

Next week, our wind measurement team will start 2 new wind measurement campaigns:

  • Wind Farm Pottendijk, where Pondera has also provided the Environmental Impact Assessment and permits;
  • Energy Park Daarle, where Pondera is also responsible for feasibility studies, permit applications, stakeholder management and project communication.

We are currently looking for new colleagues to expand our wind measurement team. If you are interested, here is a link to one of our job vacancies.