Our former rockstar intern Maarten Graveland sent us this news from his current employer, Econcern.
[June 4, 2008], Econcern and Eneco have opened the Netherlandsâ€™s largest offshore wind farm. At this festive event, the wind farm (previously known as Q7) was renamed to â€œPrincess Amalia Wind Farmâ€, after Princess Catharina-Amalia, the eldest daughter of Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess MÃ¡xima. This cleanest power plant supplies approximately 435 GWh of power, which is sufficient to provide 125,000 Dutch households with renewable energy.
Q7: The construction of Europe’s largest off-shore wind park
Duration: 4 min 58sec
Construction of off shore windpark “Princes Amalia” (Q7), off the cost of The Netherlands close to the town of IJmuiden. The wind farm has a capacity of 120 MW (60 turbines of 2MW each) and was constructed by Econcern bv in joint venture with Eneco.
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|Wind turbines:||60 Vestas V80 wind turbines of 2 MW each|
|Water depth:||19 – 24 metres|
|Distance from shore:||23 kilometres|
|Surface area:||14 kmÂ²|
|Hub height:||59 metres|
|Rotor diameter:||80 metres|
|Start construction:||Second half 2006|
|Commissioning and start production:||First quarter 2008|
|Annual power production:||435 GWh|
|CO2-emissions avoidance:||225.000 tonnes/year|
|Enough to power:||125.000 households|
FYI: This one farm produces 435 GWh annually. Haiti’s entire electricity production is 535 GWh (2005, CIA World Factbook)
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