Vattenfall building $39m hybrid energy park in Netherlands

Vattenfall is building a $39m hybrid energy park at Haringvliet in the Netherlands with a total capacity of 60 MW.

The park will combine solar panels, wind turbines and battery storage and will deliver enough renewable energy to power 40,000 Dutch households.Vattenfall building $39m hybrid energy park in Netherlands

Work has officially started on building and installing the six wind turbines, located north of Goeree-Overflakkee Island between Middelharnis and Stad aan't Haringvliet. The turbines will be a maximum height of 150 meters with power output in the region of 22 MW, which is enough to supply electricity to around 27,000 households.

Once the wind turbines have been installed, the solar farm can then be built. The farm will consist of 124,000 solar panels with a total of 38 MW. The batteries – supplied by BMW and with a capacity of 12 MWh – will be installed in 12 shipping containers on the solar farm.

The cost of the project is €35m ($39m), an investment designed to further Vattenfall’s aim of transforming the sector through innovation and sustainable technologies.

Gunnar Groebler, senior vice president and head wind business at Vattenfall, said that Vattenfall “wants to enable fossil-free living within one generation and hybrid power plants are an important building block for us in the direction of 100 per cent fossil-free power generation”.

“The complementary wind and solar generation profiles reduce the load on the grid compared to a single generation technology. Hybrid systems provide less pronounced peaks and we see fewer total times without production. This leads to a more efficient use of the network infrastructure. In addition, the costs for grid connection are significantly reduced compared to stand-alone systems. This will reduce the cost of renewable electricity and ultimately benefit customers.”

The energy park is scheduled to be operational in September 2020.

Hybrid energy trends and technologies will be discussed by speakers at POWERGEN Europe in Paris in November. Click here for details of the event.

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