Noordoostpolder Wind Farm…

  • …was a pioneer in the area of collaboration between various levels of government (national, provincial, municipal) and the founders;
  • …has shown the way in the development of new wind farms (state coordination scheme, environmental impact assessment);
  • …partly as a result of this took almost 20 years to develop; the construction took less than 5 years;
  • …was largely realised by local farmers;
  • …consists of a combination of wind turbines on shore and near shore;
  • …has the largest wind turbines on shore; the idea behind this is to generate renewable energy with fewer but larger turbines;
  • …in relation to its capacity generates more electricity than at locations located further inland; this is due to the wind conditions along the dikes of the Noordoostpolder that are comparable to those of the North Sea coast.

Did you know that…

  • …the former Essent wind farm stood at part of the location of Noordoostpolder Wind Farm with 50 turbines of 300 kW, at the time the largest wind farm in Europe? The output of a single one of the current wind turbines on shore is the same as all 50 old turbines together;
  • …roads were widened and roundabouts were temporarily cut in half for the transport of the wind turbine parts on land?
  • …no building material for specific use in the IJsselmeer was available? For this project, on shore materials were modified for use off shore;
  • …the ships used for the near shore construction did not fit through the locks of the IJsselmeer due to the breadth and draught? Special pontoons had to be built for the supply routes;
  • …the construction time for a wind turbine on shore is about two months without delays, and for a wind turbine near shore it is one day?
  • …the energy needed to produce a wind turbine, transport it, construct it, maintain it and disassemble it is recouped in three to six months? After that, the turbine delivers clean, CO2-free energy for 15 to 20 more years!