Pondera strengthens team with offshore wind experience

Everyone understands that offshore wind is a rapidly growing sector. Pondera proudly announces that it has entered a partnership with three offshore wind professionals who have won their spurs in this sector.

Matthias Haag, currently project director of EDF’s Neart Na Gaoithe Offshore Wind project in Scotland and former project director of the Dutch Gemini project, will offer his services through Pondera. Jasper Vet, financial director of Windfarm Fryslân and Albert Ploeg, responsible for the engineering of Windfarm Fryslân and many other offshore wind projects, also join Pondera. “We are delighted to offer our services through a well-established company like Pondera and expect to be able to make a positive contribution to training young people in the profession,” Matthias Haag explains. Jasper Vet adds “And we also hope to be able to contribute to Pondera’s international ambition to develop offshore wind projects as a consultant but also as a co-developer.” “It also feels like a logical step to us because we already know the people at Pondera for many years and very much enjoy working with them”, Albert Ploeg concludes. The three will present themselves in Copenhagen during Wind Europe’s Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition in their new role.

GE Haliade-X 12 MW supplies power

The GE Haliade-X 12 MW has delivered its very first kilowatt hours. The prototype of the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine has now entered its test phase on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. The data collected during this phase will be used to obtain the required certificate in 2020. Subsequently, the serial production of the largest and most powerful wind turbine can start.

Key figures for the Haliade-X 12 MW

Capacity: 12 MW
Rotor diameter: 220 m
Tip height: 245 m
Blade length: 107 m
Annual energy yield: 46.3 GWh
Wind turbine swept area: 38,000 m2
(These numbers are based on the SDE wind report)

General information

Pondera Development and SIF Holding, together with GE Renewable Energy, are developing the Haliade-X on the Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam. The development of the innovative Haliade-X project in Rotterdam has been made possible thanks to Pondera’s extensive knowledge and many years of experience in Dutch wind energy legislation and regulatory policy. The increase in size and scale of (offshore) wind turbines is an important step in generating more sustainable energy, accelerating the energy transition and thereby limiting the effects of climate change.

The offshore wind turbine prototype will be installed onshore in order to ease access for testing and monitoring purposes. This will also allow GE to collect the data needed to obtain the Type Certificate, a key step in commercializing the Haliade-X.

The Haliade-X can generate 46.3 GWh of electricity annually. That is enough power for 15,900 European households and thus saves 28.1 kilotons of CO2. In the fall of 2019, the Haliade-X will generate renewable energy on the SIF site on the Maasvlakte.