Accelerating the energy transition

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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.

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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.

Floating solar energy

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.

Storing 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

CrossWind is a joint venture between Shell Nederland and Eneco. CrossWind has won the tender to develop and operate the Hollandse Kust Noord wind farm.
Hollandse Kust Noord is located 18.5 kilometres off the west coast of the Netherlands. The total surface area of the wind farm (including maintenance and safety zones) is 125 km². CrossWind plans to have an installed capacity of 759 MW, generating at least 3.3 TWh per year. This equals enough renewable electricity for more than 1 million Dutch households.
Offshore wind projects produce intermittent electricity. Balancing these dips and peaks and integrating this electricity into the national energy system requires new technologies. That is why the offshore wind farm will include five technology innovations that could be implemented at full-scale in the future.
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