Wind power plays an important role in achieving the objectives of the Dutch Climate Agreement and the European Green Deal. However, the wind doesn’t always blow at a stable force. How can you ensure that green energy can be supplied even if there is little wind? Cooperation is crucial in responding to these and other issues.
An example is the CrossWind consortium, a joint venture of Shell and Eneco in the Netherlands. CrossWind has won the tender for the subsidy-free offshore wind farm, Hollandse Kust (Dutch Coast) north. Shell researchers are working with universities such as the Technical University of Applied Sciences in Delft and other knowledge institutes to further develop technological innovations. For example, this consortium is trying to ensure that an offshore wind farm is a constant power supplier, regardless of how the wind blows.
The offshore wind farm will contain five technological innovations that offer the potential to be used at a large scale in the future: a floating solar park; short-term battery storage; optimal aligned of wind turbines in order to limit the negative 'wind shadow' effects between them; 'green hydrogen' made by electrolysis as a storage technique and the combination of these individual measures together to guarantee continuous power supply, regardless of the wind circumstances.
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Nederland heeft geluk. Het ligt pal aan de Noordzee en die is zeer geschikt voor het opwekken van veel windenergie. Ga maar na: de Noordzee is relatief ondiep en het waait er veel. Shell Nederland zet zich dan ook graag in voor de ontwikkeling van deze energiebron.