The wind farm Egmond aan Zee is the first large wind farm to be built in the North Sea off the Dutch coast. The park consists of 36 wind turbines, each with a power of 3 MW. Together they deliver renewable electricity for more than 100.000 households. This is comparable to a municipality and Eindhoven.

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Sets first Dutch wind farm in the North Sea in business
Fourteen schoolchildren from Egmond aan Zee today along with HRH. the Prince of Orange the first Dutch wind farm officially put into operation in the North Sea. With a joint effort they have literally blown the windmills, allowing the cleanest power Netherlands is in use.

The performance of the wind farm – that since the beginning of this year is technically operational – his hitherto excellent. Partly due to the stormy weather in the first quarter with a lot of wind, there is more than 111 million kilowatt hours of electricity produced. That is the annual electricity consumption of more than 33.000 households.

The location of the park 10 to 18 kilometers off the coast at Egmond aan Zee. The total area of ​​the park covers about 27 km2 . In clear weather, the park will be visible from the beach.

By building this offshore wind farm will contribute to the sustainability of energy. In addition, the knowledge and experience gained from this project, used for the future development of wind energy as a renewable energy. The Ministry of Economic Affairs, the park has also clearly identified as a demonstration project.
This underlines the social importance of sustainable energy. Indeed, the demand for energy is increasing and it is becoming clear that it is necessary to enable new sources. Only now we can not determine with certainty what sources that will be in the future. Wind energy is attractive because it is available in abundance and offshore in principle can be developed on a large scale. Key success factors are the extent to which the wind farm can be safely constructed, maintained and how the costs of new projects down.

The project involves an investment of over € 200 million.The. The Dutch government supports the project in three different ways: through the Environmental Quality of Electricity (MEP) and an investment according to the CO2 reduction of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Finally, the Energy Investment Tax Deduction (EIA)-arrangements.

Origins In 2001 the government has launched a tender procedure. This Shell and Nuon called NoordzeeWind jointly submitted their plans. Spring 2002 NoordzeeWind is selected as the winning party and in July of that year NoordzeeWind the concession agreement with the government for the realization of the park. In subsequent years, the park has been further developed. Here, the required permits have been acquired and worked on soil tests and wind measurements. End of May 2005 Shell and Nuon have the final contracts signed for realization of the offshore wind farm at Egmond aan Zee.

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The Dutch government wants more renewable energy. It aims to achieve a contribution 10% renewable energy of the total energy demand in 2020. It is wind energy on land and at sea is an important form of renewable energy. The offshore wind farm Egmond aan Zee is a first step for offshore wind energy. The government is also expressly intended to use the knowledge and experience from this project in the future development
of wind energy as a renewable energy. For this purpose a comprehensive research conducted by NoordzeeWind. This research was partly funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Building
Construction of Offshore Wind Farm Egmond aan Zee (OWEZ) has NoordzeeWind outsourced to Egmond Consortium (ECB) a collaboration between Ballast Nedam and Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas.
BCE has developed an innovative method for the installation of wind turbines. To place the steel piles of the mills, the vessel is deployed Svanen. Subsequently, by means of a floating crane the masts of the mills and the wind turbines placed.

The new IJmondhaven IJmuiden, which is in open communication with the sea, the logistics base. Here, all components are collected and transported to the location at sea. The crafting of parts and quality control programs take place here.

Electricity
The offshore wind farm Egmond aan Zee, at the end of 2006 put into operation. The park provides enough energy annually over 100.000 households with electricity to supply. This is sufficient for all households in a city like Eindhoven.
The park is designed to 20 years to produce electricity. On 20 year the park is broken.

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