Wind project Eemshaven taken over by Pondera / Rebel

Today Pondera and Rebel announced that they will take over the wind project at the breakwaters in the Eemshaven from YARD ENERGY. YARD developed this project in recent years, and as such, have reached agreement with Groningen Seaports on the use of the location. The main permits for the construction of two wind turbines have now been obtained.

“YARD has chosen to sell the project now to focus on completing the construction of onshore wind projects and investments in projects and companies related to the energy transition,” said Lex Roukens, YARD director. “We are delighted that Pondera and Rebel have taken over from us and are confident that the windfarm will be realised.”

“It’s a nice project for us to sink our teeth into, in view of the complexity of building turbines in and near the water,” says Hans Rijntalder of Pondera. “Our experience in realising the largest offshore wind turbine in the world in Rotterdam – the GE Haliade-X 12MW – is very useful here. We are pleased that we have found a solid partner in Rebel to help develop and finance the project. Rebel’s Wout Korving shares the enthusiasm: “Pondera and Rebel complement each other very well. I am therefore very confident that the turbines will supply electricity to the grid by mid-2022.”

Groningen Seaports also shares the enthusiasm. CEO Cas König says, “The realisation of these turbines is now one step closer. They will literally mark the entrance to Eemshaven and will contribute notably to our sustainable energy ambitions.”

The project consists of two modern wind turbines near the breakwaters. The capacity of the project is expected to be between 10 and 12 MW. Pondera and Rebel will fine tune the design in the coming months and select the contractor and turbine supplier, after which the financing will also be quickly realised.

Request for information Windfarm Duiven and Zutphen

This week a Request for information has been published on Negometrix and TenderNed for Windfarm Duiven and Windfarm Zutphen. Pondera assists together with PRO6 Managers, the initiators of the two windfarm (Waterschap Rijn and IJssel en IJsselwind B.V.) with the procurement of five wind turbines through an European tender procedure. To acquire relevant knowledge from wind turbine manufacturers previous to the tender procedure, a Request for information has been set up.

Wind turbine manufactures are asked to share their thoughts on for example suitable wind turbine types, measures to prevent nuisance and feasibility of the site layout. Based on the outcome of this Request for information, Pondera finalizes the employer’s requirements, tender guideline and contracts. These documents are the foundation of the tender procedure in which the initiators select the most suitable party(ies).

Submission of answers to the Request for information is possible until may 29th via

Acquisition of Energiepark Pottendijk by Eneco

Jeroen Deddens (owner of Energiepark Pottendijk B.V.) and Eneco have reached agreement on the sale of Energiepark Pottendijk. With this agreement, Eneco will take over the further development and realisation of Energiepark Pottendijk. Pondera worked intensively with Mr. Deddens and law firm HVG Law to supervise the sale of Energiepark Pottendijk through an extensive tender. Pondera invited several potential buyers to make an offer for the purchase of the energy park. The sales support consisted of the following activities:

  • Due diligence and valuation of Energiepark Pottendijk;
  • Drafting the sales prospectus and bidding instruction;
  • Discussions and negotiations with potential buyers;
  • Reviewing the offers and term sheets issued by potential buyers;
  • Selection of the buyer;
  • Negotiation and contracting of the Share Purchase Agreement (SPA; purchase agreement).

 Eneco was selected as a buyer from this process. Subsequently, Pondera assisted Mr. Deddens during the negotiation and contracting of the SPA.

Energiepark Pottendijk consists of a wind farm of 12 to 14 wind turbines and a solar park of 35.5 hectares. In total, the energy park will generate approximately 100 MW of installed capacity. Pondera (in collaboration with BugelHajema) prepared the EIA in 2018 and applied for the environmental permit for the construction and operation of the solar park and the 14 wind turbines. On September 28, 2018, the municipality of Emmen issued the environmental permit for the construction and operation of the 12 to 14 wind turbines.

In the follow-up phase, Eneco will continue to work intensively with Mr. Deddens on the development and execution of Energiepark Pottendijk. Pondera will further support Eneco with the implementation permits and permit management for the realisation of the energy park.



Intrapec opens a solar roof with Sun Canticle

Intapec SolarPlaying a Canticle of the Sun to open a solar pv roof: very fitting. This happened on Friday 28 February in Spankeren at the packaging company Intrapec, although the sun barely showed itself. The initiators Intrapec, Ovento and Pondera invited around 60 business acquaintances and friends to jointly open their solar pv roof which has more than 1,500 panels with a capacity of almost 0.5 MW. With this, the Intrapec Group can easily provide for its own power consumption. Converted to households, the roof provides enough power for 130 households.

Intrapec SolarPaul de Lange, director of the Intrapec Group, was proud and pleased with the result and called on all roof owners to do the same. According to De Lange, “It’s good for the climate and it also yields returns.” Albert Ploeg showed the attendees that the process of achieving this wasn’t easy, and explained that many parties are involved in a project like this. After the official opening, the proud owners showed the attendees the roof and the electrical installation. Alderman Dorus Klomberg from the municipality of Rheden, who has sustainable energy in his portfolio, was also pleased: “I am happy that there are entrepreneurs who take such initiatives. There are enough unused roofs. It’s been shown here that it’s possible to use them in a valuable way.”

Intrapec Solar


World record for Haliade-X 12 MW!

Pondera’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype in Port of Rotterdam has just set a new world record! It is the first wind turbine ever to generate 288 MWh over the course of 24 hours. In the next 5 years, the Haliade-X prototype will undergo a series of tests to validate the turbine’s power curve, loads, grid performance & reliability. In addition, these tests will allow GE to collect the data needed to obtain the Type Certificate, a key step in commercializing the Haliade-X.

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 is 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.

Pondera congratulates Eneco on award Maasvlakte 2 wind farm

Yesterday, Rijkswaterstaat announced the outcome of the tender for the Maasvlakte 2 wind farm. Pondera is proud and delighted that Eneco emerged as the winner. It means that Eneco can fulfil its plan to build a wind farm of over 100 MW on the seawall at the Second Maasvlakte. Pondera has been closely involved in the realisation of the bid. Pondera was the coordinator of the Plan of Approach and designed the optimum wind turbine layout for this location.

Pim Rooijmans, project manager at Pondera: “In the past nine months our very motivated team have gone the extra mile to win this tender. It was great to see the lengths that all parties involved went to in order to secure this wonderful project. We look forward to working with the same team on the EIA follow-up process, permits and tenders for the Maasvlakte 2 wind farm.”

The new wind farm will generate around 416 GWh per year in green energy, comparable to the consumption of 138,000 households. Eneco expects to start preparations for construction in 2022, so that the park can supply 25 years’ worth of sustainable energy by 2023 at the latest. From 2023, Rijkswaterstaat will purchase all the green energy from the wind farm.

Wind measurement campaign now even more efficient!

At the location of a future wind farm, measurements are often taken with a meteorological measuring mast or LiDAR to determine the local wind climate, which is necessary for financing and engineering of the planned wind farm. Given that measurement campaigns only last a year, or even less, it is necessary to compare the data with a long-term meteorological data set. During the short-term measurement campaign, for example, the wind speed may be slightly higher than the average for that time of the year. We often use ERA5 data from the preceding 15 years for this comparison. A disadvantage of the ERA5 data (and most other comparable data sets) is that, due to the time required for the verification process, the data is only available 2-3 months after the date. This results in a considerable delay in the delivery of the wind reports, which is certainly undesirable if the project is approaching financial close.

ERA5T, available since the beginning of December 2019, changes this by making the data available within five days. This allows measurement campaigns to be analysed faster, and it also makes them more flexible. For example, Pondera can now decide during the campaign whether the desired minimum uncertainty has been achieved and thereby advise whether the campaign can be shortened. This reduces the costs of measurements and increases the speed. In this way Pondera helps to make wind energy more affordable and faster to realise.


The original ERA5 model is a weather model from ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) and is based on historical weather data that models the weather around the world from 1979 to the present. In contrast to the ERA5 data, the ERA5T data from December 2019 has not yet been verified, but deviations from the final ERA5 data are very unlikely, according to ECMWF itself.


Pondera member of DeepWind cluster

Pondera is expanding its business to Scotland by entering into the DeepWind cluster. This coincides with the start of the close cooperation of Pondera and Pronewable, where Matthias Haag is project director of Neart na Gaoithe, and forms a ‘flying start’ of Pondera’s Scottish operations.

The push for closer engagement in the Scottish and other UK offshore developments is a direct consequence of the collaboration with Oldbaum Services, located in Scotland and a long term partner. Pondera is currently focussing on expanding its turbine & wind resource testing services and is keen to demonstrate its unique knowledge and experience based on over 10 years of Dutch offshore developments, as well as its knowledge as launching customer of the Haliade-X turbine, suggested to be a key workhorse for many future UK projects.

Applications for SDE+ Autumn 2019 well exceed budget

The SDE+ (Stimulation of Sustainable Energy Production) is an operating subsidy for the production of renewable energy in the Netherlands, which covers the price difference between cost price of renewable energy and its market price. For technologies such as wind and solar energy, the subsidy is granted for a period of 15 years.

Between the 29th of October and the 14th of November of 2019, renewable energy projects were able to apply for subsidy during the Autumn edition of the SDE+. The edition required a mandatory proof of consent from the regional grid operator which demonstrated that the local electricity grid was able to transport the project’s intended power production (‘transmission capacity indication’). Many projects were unable to file a complete SDE+ application due to this demand. Despite this new requirement, the total amount of applications for the SDE+ subsidy greatly exceeded the available budget.

In our previous news item regarding the SDE+, we expected that the available budget of 5 billion EUR was likely going to be exceeded. However, we didn’t anticipate that the total amount of applications during the autumn edition would total 9 billion EUR of budget claims. This amount of subsidy applications is remarkable. It indicates that there are plenty of renewable energy projects waiting to be realised in the Netherlands.

Additional SDE+ Spring edition in 2020

Early November 2019, the Minister of Economic and Climate Affairs announced an additional SDE+ edition in the Spring of 2020. This edition will be open for SDE+ applications from the 16th of March until the 2nd of April 2020. The set-up will be identical to the 2019 editions.  However, the maximum subsidy prices (base/phase prices) will be adjusted. The tables below show the new prices for onshore wind and solar PV, together with the provisional correction amount for 2020.

Amounts in EUR per kWhMax. base amount SDE+ 2020provisional correction amount
Wind onshore, ≥ 8.0 m/s0.0420.043
Wind onshore, ≥ 7.5 to < 8.0 m/s0.0450.043
Wind onshore, ≥ 7.0 to < 7.5 m/s0.0480.043
Wind onshore, ≥ 6.75 to < 7.0 m/s0.0520.043
Wind onshore, < 6.75 m/s0.0560.043
Amounts in EUR per kWhMax. base amount SDE+ 2020provisional correction amount grid deliveryprovisional correction amount own use
Solar PV, ≥ 15 kWp to < 1 MWp0.0850.0470.078
Solar PV, ≥ 1 MWp, rooftop mounted0.0790.0470.069
Solar PV, ≥ 1 MWp, soil mounted or aquatic based systems0.0740.0470.069

On December 19th 2019, the minister informed the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) about the extra SDE+ Spring edition in 2020. For this edition, a budget of 2 billion EUR will be made available. Considering the budget exceedance of previous Autumn edition, this budget will most likely not be sufficient to grant all SDE+ applications. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to submit a correct and complete application. Furthermore, adjusting the height of the SDE+ Base amount for which you would like to apply could also impact the chances of receiving the grant.

Pondera has successfully applied for and supported the application of many renewable energy projects in the past, including during the previous SDE+ edition. We are available for all your enquiries regarding the SDE+ subsidy and the new SDE++ subsidy scheme which will launch in the autumn of 2020.

Steven Geujen
T: +31 (0)6 11 49 33 92

Wouter Pustjens
T: +31 (0)6 25 63 79 69

Pondera celebrates inauguration Haliade-X 12 MW

On 17 and 19 December 2019 Pondera celebrated the inauguration of the World’s largest wind turbine: the GE Haliade-X 12 MW. “As developer and co-owner together with Sif – in the Futurewind project – we are proud to have contributed to this important new step in wind turbine technology” said Hans Rijntalder, Director of Pondera. He continues “And we would like to congratulate GE with this outstanding achievement. No need to tell that this step is important for the market development in Offshore Wind.”

During the official opening ceremony on 17 December, it was announced that Dutch energy company Eneco is set to purchase all the electricity generated by GE’s Haliade-X 12MW offshore wind turbine prototype. On 19 December we invited clients and relations to see and to hear more about this breakthrough technology.

According to GE, the Haliade-X 12MW prototype set a new world record by being the first wind turbine ever to generate 262MWh of clean energy in 24 hours, enough to power 30,000 households in the region.

Over the next five years, the Haliade-X prototype will undergo a series of tests to validate its power curve, loads, grid performance and reliability. The tests will also allow GE to validate operational procedures for installation and services teams and obtain a Type Certificate for the Haliade-X in 2020. Commercialization is planned by 2021, with serial production set to start in the second half of 2021.

17 december, official world wide press moment

19 december, Pondera Haliade-X client event