CrossWind orders fuel cell system Dutch offshore wind farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 24/01/2023 Ballard Power Systems

Ballard Power Systems (BLDP) announced an order for a fuel cell system to CrossWind, a joint-venture between Shell and Eneco. The Ballard fuel cell system will be integrated in the
Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind project.

CrossWind intends to use various new technologies to manage the intermittent wind power generation, including the use of water electrolysis to convert wind power into green hydrogen for energy storage. Ballard's hydrogen fuel cells will utilise the green hydrogen as fuel to regenerate stable and dispatchable power.

Ballard will supply a containerised fuel cell power solution with a peak power capacity of 1 MW, with delivery expected in 2024. This is Ballard's second stationary power project deployed in Europe for peak shaving power generation applications.

"Hydrogen plays a critical role to support the energy transition. This project is an exciting proof point on how hydrogen and PEM fuel cells can provide an effective storage, load-following and firming solution for intermittent renewables. We are excited to be a part of this milestone demonstration project with CrossWind to prove out the reliability and efficiency of Ballard fuel cells, initially at megawatt scale,"
said Søren Østergaard Hansen, General Manager, Marine and Stationary, Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S.

Maria Kalogera, Crosswind's Innovation Manager commented: "In CrossWind, we are committed to demonstrate baseload power on a megawatt scale for a single full-scale wind turbine generator. We will introduce, for the first time, an offshore combination of battery storage and round-trip hydrogen integrated in an offshore wind farm. It's exciting to have Ballard on board and integrate their fuel cell solutions in our project."

The Hollandse Kust Noord wind farm wind farm is expected to be operational by 2023 with an installed capacity of 759 MW, generating at least 3.3 TWh per year. The wind farm will be located 18.5 km off the Dutch coast, near the town of Egmond aan Zee. Is it being developed subsidy-free by the CrossWind consortium, a joint venture between Shell and Eneco. It will consist of 69 Siemens Gamesa
SG 11.0-200 DD turbines and first power is expected by the end of 2023.
Back in 2020, Van Oord was named Balance of Plant contractor for the project. Van Oord’s activities encompass the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the foundations, inter array cables and transportation and installation of the wind turbines.

Offshore construction is officially underway at the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farms with the installation the first monopiles. A total of 70 monopiles will be installed by Van Oord over the coming months with completion expected by mid-2023.


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