All turbines stand at Windpark Fryslân

Turbine installation has been completed at the Dutch Windpark Fryslân project. With installation complete, each wind turbine is inspected from foundation to nacelle, after which it is tested and put into operation.

Windpark Fryslân consists of 89 Siemens Gamsea SWT-DD-130 wind turbines and is being built in the IJsselmeer near Breezanddijk and will be the largest inland water wind farm worldwide. When full operations are achieved this year, the wind farm is expected to generate around 1.5 terawatt hours (1,500,000 megawatt hours) of power annually, enough green electricity to power approximately 500,000 households.

The project was built by contractor consortium Zuiderzeewind, which consists of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Van Oord Offshore Wind. Once the project is built, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will be responsible for its maintenance and management for 16 years.

Due to the shallows in the IJsselmeer and the width of the locks, it is not possible to work with standard offshore wind equipment. To this end, Zuiderzeewind utilised two installation platforms, the 'Sarens Soccer Pitch' and the 'Tom-Wim'. By working with two platforms, Zuiderzeewind was able to install two wind turbines at the same time.

The wind turbines were installed in a "cluster", in the shape of a hexagon, in the IJsselmeer. This shape ensures that the wind turbines restrict the view of the horizon as little as possible.

Eneco has signed a 15-year PPA for the 1,500 GWh/year wind farm. In their contract, Eneco and Windpark Fryslân have agreed that large consumers of energy in the province of Fryslân will also have the option of purchasing sustainable energy from the wind farm.

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