The wind farm Hollandse Kust Noord
CrossWind, a joint-venture between Shell and Eneco, develops and will operate the Hollandse Kust Noord subsidy-free offshore wind project.
Hollandse Kust Noord is located 18.5 kilometers off the west coast of the Netherlands near the town of Egmond aan Zee.
CrossWind plans to have Hollandse Kust Noord operational in 2023 with an installed capacity of 759 MW, generating at least 3.3 TWh per year.
An intelligent wind farm
The wind doesn’t always blow consistently. So how can a wind farm provide electricity when there is little wind? CrossWind and its partners are exploring five different innovations designed to address these challenges. Through these innovations, an offshore wind farm could be capable of providing more constant electricity regardless of the wind conditions.
Intelligent wind turbines
CrossWind and its partners are exploring a range of technologes that can help wind turbines in a range of conditions. Using real-time data, intelligent wind turbines can respond to changing conditions within seconds and help keep stability across the energy grid.
Addressing the wake effect
The wake effect describes how wind can slow after hitting a turbine, affecting those situated further afield. CrossWind is looking at ways of using real-time data to reduce this across the entire wind farm.
What about times when there is simply not enough wind to turn a turbine? CrossWind and its partners are experimenting with floating solar panels that could sit alongside the wind turbines and help deliver more consistent energy.
How can you store excess energy in times of low demand to supply it in times when demand is high? CrossWind and its partners are exploring energy storage solutions of batteries and even a hydrogen plant on location that produces and stores hydrogen and is able to convert the hydrogen electricity when needed.
Research & integration
CrossWind is looking at opportunities to integrate these innovations within the wind farm. We have commissioned further research to assess its feasibility. Our aim is to help the world to build intelligent wind farms that can align. Supply it with the demand of renewable energy and to further power the transition into a lower carbon future.
Frequently Asked Questions
The arrival of the wind farm will affect the habitat of birds, bats, fish and marine mammals. That is why we adhere to the HKN Permit requirements and the Wind Farm Site Decree. We apply measures for birds and bats to limit any adverse effects, such as shutting down the wind turbines under certain circumstances. In order not to unnecessarily disturb fish and marine mammals, we adhere to a maximum noise level while pile driving the foundations of the wind turbines.
CrossWind’s Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind park produces first green energy
On June 19 the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind park produced its first megawatt-hours (MWh) of green energy, and delivered it via TenneT’s offshore grid to the Dutch mainland. In coming months production capacity will be constantly increased, so the wind park will eventually generate 3.3 TWh a year. When complete, the Hollandse Kust Noord wind park will have a total installed capacity of 759 MW.
First turbine rises at Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind park
The first of 69 wind turbines has been installed at the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind park at the North Sea, developed by CrossWind, a joint venture of Shell and Eneco. The wind park is expected to deliver first power to the Dutch grid by summer and to be fully operational by the end of 2023.