Gemini Offshore Wind Park Opens in the Netherlands
The offshore wind park is one of the world’s largest
The Netherlands celebrated the official opening of the Gemini Offshore Wind Park. With 150 wind turbines spanning 68 square kilometers, Gemini is one of the largest offshore wind parks in the world. Located 85 kilometers off the coast of Groningen in the North Sea, the Gemini is invisible from land. The project chose the location due to its high, constant wind speeds (an average of 36 kilometers per hour).
Over the next 15 years, the massive wind park will meet the energy needs of 1.5 million consumers. The reduction in CO2 emissions is roughly equal to the emissions of 50,000 cars driving 25,000 kilometers a year.
Management and maintenance headquarters for the wind park are in Eemshaven. Overall, the project will create 75-100 permanent jobs.
Celebrating the grand opening
To celebrate Gemini’s grand opening, organizers created a virtual reality experience. Inside a dome-shaped tent, visitors felt as if they were touring Gemini wind turbines. The 360-degree video is also on Vimeo.
Furthering engagement through technology, a free app is available to track Gemini’s activity. It monitors Gemini’s offshore wind speed, amount of energy produced, and total CO2 reduction.
To date, Gemini has the largest project financing for an offshore wind park, with investment totaling 2.8 billion Euros. Northland Power, Siemens, Van Oord, and HVC partnered to build the park.
Gemini marks a turning point in offshore energy
The magnitude of the Gemini project has contributed to transformation in the global offshore energy industry. Today, the construction of offshore wind parks is more efficient and cost-effective than ever.
“We successfully completed Gemini ahead of schedule, under budget and with an excellent safety record. Now fully operational, Gemini will produce 2.6 TWh of sustainable energy every year, reducing the Netherlands’ CO2 emissions by 1.25 million tons. We are proud to make this contribution to the realization of the Netherlands’ sustainability targets,” said Matthias Haag, Gemini’s Managing Director.
Dutch commitment to sustainable energy
Thanks to its progressive policies and affinity for innovation, the Dutch are leading the world in offshore and renewable energy. Holland is home to some of the world’s leading specialists in renewable energy. Notable organizations include the Top consortium for Knowledge and Innovation Offshore Wind (TKI Wind op Zee), the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN) and Delft University of Technology.
Source: Gemini Wind Park9 May 2017