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Vattenfall plans wind, solar and battery storage park in Netherlands

Vattenfall unveils hybrid project combining wind, solar and batter storage in the Netherlands.


Swedish power company Vattenfall has announced it will build a new hybrid energy park in Netherlands consisting of wind, solar, and battery storage, and with a total capacity of 60MW.

As renewable energy and battery storage technologies grow in their development cycles and decrease in price, developers have begun to explore ways in which these technologies can work together.

The Vattenfall project will be built at the Haringvliet inlet in the Netherlands and will include a 22MW wind park with 6 turbines, a 38MW solar farm boasting 124,000 solar panels, and a battery storage component with 12MWh of storage.

Australia’s Windlab has built the world’s first wind-solar-battery hybrid project at the Kennedy Energy Hub in north Queensland, although that project is configured differently with 43MW of wind, 15MW of solar and a 4MW/4MWh battery.

The €61 million ($A101 million) Vattenfall project is expected to be in operation by September 2020 and, upon completion, will generate enough electricity for the equivalent of 40,000 average Dutch homes.

“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% fossil-free power generation,” said Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Wind, Vattenfall.

“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.”

Construction will begin with the installation of six wind turbines in the north of Goeree-Overflakkee island between Middelharnis and Stad aan ‘t Haringvliet, before work on the solar farm can then commence. Batteries, to be supplied by BMW, will be installed in 12 shipping containers on the solar farm.

Vattenfall’s announcement comes less than a month after North American company NextEra Energy Resources announced a 250 MW onshore wind farm, a 250MW solar energy project, and a 200MW, 4-hour battery energy storage project.

This beat its February-announcement of a rival project boasting 300 MW of wind, 50 MW of solar, and 30 MW/120 MWh of energy storage.

“Pairing renewable energy with battery storage presents a tremendous advantage for Western Farmers and its customers,” said John Ketchum, president and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy Resources.

“With this combined facility, we can optimize and maximize the amount of low-cost, emissions-free electricity we provide, while helping Western Farmers diversify its power generation portfolio, reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and set a great example for others to follow.”

Australia has its own mega projects that will combine wind, solar and storage, most notably the 4GW Walcha Energy Project Project in New South Wales, which recently announced the involvement of Vestas Wind Systems A/S who will step in as a majority stakeholder for the Winterbourne wind farm, the first stage of the larger Walcha Energy Project Project.

The Vestas announcement came at the same time as Walcha Energy announced that it has submitted its scoping study for a 700MW solar farm, a 100MW/150MWh battery and its plans for a renewable energy hub at Uralla – in the New England area of NSW – to the state’s department of planning and environment.

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  1. Ian 10 months ago

    Walcha energy project looks like an amazing combination of local support and input, a dedicated and ethical project development team in Energyestate, Miruswind has ?experience in dealing with government bodies and Vestas a superb manufacturer of wind turbines from the land of LEGO. Can Australian talent pull this off?

    Personally, I would like to see community projects where farmers and property owners own or individually contract others to build wind and solar structures on their land primarily for the land-owner’s own financial benefit and integrated into the operation of their individual farm. The infrastructure and transmission network would be either community owned or supplied by a third party and the same with ancillary storage facilities. This has been the model for other agricultural products where farmers buy land and farm it, the roads and services are provided to them by government or other businesses in town and the products are processed and sold on by cooperatives or other members of the local and wider community. Finance is obtained through government or the wider community support.

    A Wind, solar, battery, hydro energy hub does not need to be integrated into one company. It can be sited in one area to maximise the use of transmission infrastructure, but it can be owned and run by numerous entities, some entering the energy community and others leaving it, there can even be overlap with surrounding communities with a single small wind farm supplying sometimes one energy hub, sometimes another and sometimes both. One person may have one wind turbine on his/her property and another might have a dozen. One might cover their chicken sheds with solar and another might specialise in battery storage. The town water supply might be a reservoir located on a hill and could dual-purpose as a pumped storage facility, similarly for irrigation.

    Integrating energy harvesting into the normal functioning of a farming or rural community can create a far more colourful and happy resource, and will safeguard against loss of ownership of such valuable assets to foreign companies, it would be sustainable and could grow organically as needs arise and would shrink effectively as needs fade. It would provide local income and retain much of its value right in that community to cross-subsidise other agricultural pursuits like growing food, which might be more affected by climate.

    Consider this from a government’s perspective, the money generated by such a community of energy harvesters will stay in that community, it will help strengthen the community and help pay for the services provided to that community, individuals are far easier to tax effectively than large businesses and orders of magnitude easier to tax than foreign owned large businesses. Government spending on retaining people in rural areas and supporting them through droughts will be reduced simply because these people would have an alternative income stream.

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