The onshore wind farm Nij Hiddum-Houw, located at the head of the Afsluitdijk in the municipality of Sudwest-Fryslân, has produced green electricity for the first time.
The construction of the Enercon wind turbine, type E136 EP5, with a hub height of 109 metres, rotor diameter of 136 metres, tip height of 177 metres and a capacity of 4.65 MW, was completed in May this year. During the past period it was fitted with the necessary cables and control systems.
The turbine is will now undergo testing. In the meantime the turbine is already feeding electricity to the grid, although not yet at full capacity. The production will gradually scale up to full production during the test phase.
Meanwhile, work continues on the construction and installation of the remaining eight wind turbines. Vattenfall expects all nine wind turbines to be fully operational by the end of this year. With an installed capacity of almost 42 MW, the wind turbines will produce 160,000 MWh per year. This production corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of 46,000 households.
Nine more powerful wind turbines are replacting sixteen older ones at Windpark Nij Hiddum-Houw. Of the nine wind turbines, four are owned by Vattenfall and five by Gooyum-Houw BV, a partnership of 45 local businesses and private citizens. This implies that a large portion of the park will be owned locally. Image source: Vattenfall