City Council approves construction Wind Farm Agro Wind in Reusel

On 17 February 2020, the City Council of Reusel-De Mierden decided to issue a declaration of no objection for the construction of Wind Farm Agro Wind. This paves the way for the Municipality Board to grant the definitive permit to the High Tech Agro Wind Association. This is a major step for the Association towards the realisation of the wind farm.

Pondera congratulates the initiators on achieving this milestone!

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
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 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 67GWh of electricity annually. That is enough power for 16,000 European households and thus saves 42 megatons of CO2 .

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.

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

Nacelle installed on GE Haliade-X 12 MW turbine

The Nacelle of the largest offshore wind turbine in the world Pondera GE Haliade-X 12 MW has been successfully installed at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam.

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.”

Eneco signs largest PPA with Dutch wind farm

On Wednesday, 17 July, Eneco signed a Power Purchase Contract (PPA) with Windpark Fryslân bv. During 15 years, Eneco will purchase the electricity produced by the 382,7 MW nearshore Fryslân Wind Farm. With an annual production of 1,500 GWh, it is the largest PPA that the Dutch energy company has signed with a wind farm in the Netherlands.

The contract was negotiated by Ventolines, allround service provider in the renewable energy market. Companies and organisations located in the Province of Fryslân will have the chance to purchase local electricity. With the new PPA included, Eneco’s wind energy portfolio grows to 2,200 MW of installed capacity, the equivalent of the energy consumption of around 2,4 million households.

Fryslân Wind Farm

Fryslân Wind Farm is being built along the Afsluitdijk in the IJsselmeer, approximately 6 km off the Frysian coast in the north of the Netherlands. The wind farm is built by Zuiderzeewind, a consortium of Siemens Gamesa and Van Oord. Van Oord is responsible for the design, manufacturing and installation of the foundations and the cables and for the delivery of the material for the installation of the turbines. Siemens Gamesa is responsible for the design, manufacturing and commissioning of the wind turbines and the onshore substation.

At the moment, cable connection preparatory activities are taking place at the Afsluitdijk. In total, 89 Siemens Gamesa SWT- 4,3- DD -130 wind turbines, with each a power of 4.3 MW will rise in the IJsselmeer lake. The annual production of 1,500 GWh can be compared to the annual electricity consumption of around 500,000 households. Local citizens will profit from the wind farm. An annual fund of around 720,000 euro will be made available for local projects in the municipality of Súdwest Fryslân.

Pondera initiated the project in 2008 together with Ventolines. Until now Pondera was responsible for all development work, including feasibility studies, design, extensive nature research, permits, EIA, stakeholder management in close collaboration with Ventolines.

Indonesian members of parliament visit Holland

On June 27th 2019, a delegation of the Indonesian members of parliament lead by Dr. Agus Hermanto (Deputy Speaker of The House of Representatives), visited the Noordoostpolder Wind Farm in the Dutch province of Flevoland. The aim of the delegation’s two-day visit was to acquire knowledge on Dutch policy and incentives concerning wind energy.

Indonesia’s Embassy in The Hague asked Pondera Consult to organize the field visit and to discuss wind energy developments. Pondera Consult was further approached due to their close involvement in the development of the Noordoostpolder Wind Farm, one of the largest onshore wind energy projects in the Netherlands.

During the visit, Pondera’s Eric Arends, Ester Bierens and Brent Elemans warmly welcomed the delegation to the 11 BEAUFORT Visitor Centre, where an interactive presentation was given by Eric Arends on the development of the Noordoostpolder Wind Farm. Some of the key points discussed with the Indonesian delegation were the Dutch energy policy, stimulation of energy initiatives through subsidies, local participation and ecological conservation. Also the potential of wind energy in Indonesia and the involvement of Pondera in current Indonesian projects were mentioned. The visit was rounded off with a site tour by the delegation to get first-hand experience of the size and number of wind turbines of the Noordoostpolder Wind Farm.

Notice grid connection Hollandse Kust (west Beta)

The scoping notice (Dutch: NRD) for the offshore grid connection Hollandse Kust (west Beta) is available for public review from June 7th to July 18th 2019.  This project connects 700MW of wind energy to the national onshore grid. Arcadis and Pondera worked on the scoping notice at the request of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. A digital version of this document was also developed.