Swedish company, Vattenfall, is building a new hybrid energy park consisting of solar panels, wind turbines and batteries at Haringvliet in the Netherlands. The total capacity is 60 MW, enough to deliver renewable energy to an estimated 40,000 Dutch households when operational in September of 2020. The total investment is €61 million.
Vattenfall’s aim is to enable fossil-free living within one generation. Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Wind at Vattenfall explained, “Hybrid power plants are an important building block for us in the direction of 100 percent fossil-free power generation. Hybrid systems provide less pronounced peaks and we see fewer total times without production.”
Groebler added, “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.”
The first stage of the building work on the energy park involves installing a total of six wind turbines in the north of Goeree-Overflakkee island between Middelharnis and Stad aan 't Haringvliet. The power output of the wind farm is expected to be approximately 22 MW, which is enough to supply green electricity to around 27,000 households. The maximum height of the wind turbines is 150 meters, and preparatory work has begun.
Once the wind turbines have been installed, the solar farm can then be built, consisting of 124,000 solar panels with a total of 38 MW – enough to supply green electricity to around 12,000 households. The batteries – supplied by BMW and with a capacity of 12 MWh – will be installed in 12 shipping containers on the solar farm. The energy park is expected to be fully operational in September 2020.
Vattenfall employs approximately 20,000 people. The company’s main markets are Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK. Vattenfall is owned by the Swedish state.