Vattenfall announced the construction of a new hybrid energy park that will supply 40,000 Dutch households with electricity. The EUR 61 million project is expected to be completed in September 2020 and will have a capacity of 60 MW, including solar, wind and battery storage.
In a first step, the wind energy shares of the park will be realized. These include six wind turbines on the island Goeree-Overflakkee. The wind energy generated from these turbines alone is expected to supply around 27,000 households. Afterwards, 124,000 solar panels will be installed, which will be coupled with battery storage. The solar park will supply a further 12,000 households.
Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Wind, Vattenfall commented the project: "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. 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.”
Source: Vattenfall AB | www.group.vattenfall.com
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