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.

Background

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.

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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.

Eneco purchases electricity Haliade-X prototype

Eneco, Future Wind (a joint venture of Pondera Development and SIF Holding Nederland) and GE Renewable Energy announced today that Eneco will purchase all of the electricity generated by GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype. The announcement was made during the inauguration ceremony for the prototype, that was recently installed at the port of Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

The prototype located at Maasvlakte Rotterdam in the Netherlands, has just set a new world record this past weekend by being the first wind turbine ever to generate 288 MWh of clean energy in 24 hours, enough to power 30,000 households in the region. Over the next five years period, the Haliade-X prototype will undergo a series of tests to validate the turbine’s power curve, loads, grid performance and reliability. The tests will also allow the company to validate operational procedures for installation and services teams. The testing will allow GE Renewable Energy to obtain a Type Certificate for the Haliade-X in 2020, keeping the company on track to commercialize the turbine by 2021.

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
Blade length: 107 m
Hub height: 150 m
Tip height: 260 m
Wind turbine swept area: 38,000 m2
Annual energy yield: approx. 67 GWh

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 67 GWh of electricity annually. That is enough power for 16,000 European households and thus saves 42 megatons of CO2. In the fall of 2019, the Haliade-X will generate renewable energy on the SIF site on the Maasvlakte.


 

World’s most powerful wind turbine completely installed!

All three blades of the GE Haliade-X 12 MW are installed. The commissioning of the world’s largest and most powerful wind turbine will be completed in the coming weeks.

Key figures for the Haliade-X 12 MW

Capacity: 12 MW
Rotor diameter: 220 m
Blade length: 107 m
Hub height: 150 m
Tip height: 260 m
Wind turbine swept area: 38,000 m2
Annual energy yield: approx. 67 GWh

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 67 GWh of electricity annually. That is enough power for 16,000 European households and thus saves 42 megatons of CO2. In the fall of 2019, the Haliade-X will generate renewable energy on the SIF site on the Maasvlakte.


 

Pondera/Hanmi Global enter Korean Offshore Wind project

Dutch based engineering consultancy Pondera and Korean engineering company Hanmi Global announced that they were awarded a contract from Jeju Hanlim Offshore Wind Co. to perform the role as an owner’s engineer.

The Jeju Hanlim Offshore project is the third offshore wind project in the Korean waters and the second one on a commercial scale. It is located near the Tamra Offshore project just of the coast of Jeju Island. The project size is approximately 100 MW. A consortium that consists of Korean KEPCO E&C in the lead combined with KOMIPO, DAELIM and BARAM is developing the project since 2011. The realisation of the project is an important step to speed up the utilisation of the offshore wind potential in Korea. It is expected that many other projects will follow as the Korean Governmental target to reach 20% renewables in 2030 is still far away. The idea is to develop 13 GW of offshore wind by that time.

Pondera and Hanmi are pleased with this contract. “It is a major breakthrough for us after being present in Korea for some years now and we hope to be able to assist our Korean colleagues with our Western owners engineering experience,” Pondera’s CEO Hans Rijntalder explains. Hanmi Global’s CEO Jong Hoon Kim adds: “Also for us this is an important step. We have a lot of experience with project realisation and construction management, but our knowledge of offshore wind projects is still limited. Therefore, we are happy to join forces with Pondera.”

Pondera’s GE Haliade-X 12 MW in the media

Last week the Dutch media was very enthusiastic about the fact that the Netherlands is the first country to place the world’s largest offshore wind turbine.

Key figures for the Haliade-X 12 MW

Capacity: 12 MW
Rotor diameter: 220 m
Blade length: 107 m
Hub height: 150 m
Tip height: 260 m
Wind turbine swept area: 38,000 m2
Annual energy yield: approx. 67 GWh

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 67 GWh of electricity annually. That is enough power for 16,000 European households and thus saves 42 megatons of CO2. In the fall of 2019, the Haliade-X will generate renewable energy on the SIF site on the Maasvlakte.

Haliade-X nacelle on its way to Rotterdam

The Haliade-X nacelle is on its way to Rotterdam! The nacelle of the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, along with the 107-meter long blades, will be installed onshore to facilitate access for testing during the initial period of operations, and allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain the Type Certificate, a key step in commercializing the product in 2021.

Shipping and testing the first components of the Haliade-X 12 MW will keep us on track to commercialize it as scheduled. Haliade-X 12 MW will contribute to making offshore wind more affordable and will help developers drive the global growth of offshore wind while enabling all the environmental and economic development benefits such growth brings.

Key figures for the Haliade-X 12 MW

Capacity: 12 MW
Rotor diameter: 220 m
Blade length: 107 m
Hub height: 150 m
Tip height: 260 m
Wind turbine swept area: 38,000 m2
Annual energy yield: approx. 67 GWh

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 67 GWh of electricity annually. That is enough power for 16,000 European households and thus saves 42 megatons of CO2. In the fall of 2019, the Haliade-X will generate renewable energy on the SIF site on the Maasvlakte.

GE unveils the first Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle

GE Renewable Energy has unveiled the nacelle of the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, the Haliade-X 12 MW. This unit will be shipped in the coming weeks from Saint-Nazaire (FR) to Rotterdam (NL) to join the tower already built on the Maasvlakte 2.
The wind turbine blades, manufactured by LM Wind Power in Cherbourg, will be shipped to the prototype site to complete the installation.

The video below shows the Haliade-X nacelle rolling out of the factory:

Key figures for the Haliade-X 12 MW

Capacity: 12 MW
Rotor diameter: 220 m
Blade length: 107 m
Hub height: 150 m
Tip height: 260 m
Wind turbine swept area: 38,000 m2
Annual energy yield: approx. 67 GWh

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 67 GWh of electricity annually. That is enough power for 16,000 European households and thus saves 42 megatons of CO2. In the fall of 2019, the Haliade-X will generate renewable energy on the SIF site on the Maasvlakte.

Pondera in Vietnam with PM Rutte for trade mission

Eric Arends, partner at Pondera Consult, is currently partaking in a trade mission to Vietnam, organised by VNO-NCW. The mission lasts from the 7th to the 12th of April. The cities of Hanoi, Danang, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City will be visited during the mission. Apart from Pondera Consult, companies from other industries, such as Agriculture, Water and Logistics are also represented.

Prime Minister Rutte himself will be present in Vietnam on Tuesday, April 9th. He will speak with Prime Minister Phuc on the strengthening of the mutual relationships and on the possibilities to improve and intensify the mutual trade. Moreover, the collaboration on topics such as water, agriculture, food security and climate change is a conversation topic. Several treaties, contracts and agreements aiming for closer co-operation will be signed with both heads of government present. PM Rutte will also meet the Vietnamese president Nguyen Phu Trong and the chairman of the parliament, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Pondera Consult will function as the offshore wind expert during the trade mission. We wrote about the opportunities for wind energy in Vietnam. Moreover, Eric Arends attended the offshore wind roundtable in Vietnam in 2018, in preparation for this year’s trade mission.