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Reducing cost and uncertainties for offshore wind farm developers: Ecofys WTTS contributes to RVO.nl wind measurement campaign

Published: 21/08/2017

Ecofys WTTS, subsidiary of Ecofys, a Navigant company, will support the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) in driving down uncertainties and costs for wind project developers. The wind energy experts will assist RVO.nl in performing a data quality review on the Hollandse Kust (noord) metocean measurement campaign. 

Aiming to increase the Netherlands’ offshore wind capacity to 4,500 MW by 2023, the Dutch Government executes a tender scheme to develop new wind farms in five designated offshore zones. In support of this, buoys have been installed by Fugro in all the Wind Farm Zones including two buoys in the Hollandse Kust (noord) zone, to measure wind, waves and current. Ecofys WTTS will perform an independent data check and verification of monthly reports by Fugro and Deltares with the aim of supporting RVO.nl in their preparations of the next round of Dutch offshore wind tenders. 

The goal of the 12-month assignment is to quantify the data availability and quality of the measured wind, meteorological and sea-state data in order to help assure the highest uptime and quality and support RVO.nl in assuring the datasets can be used in calculation of final wind resource assessments and turbine and foundation loads. This drives down the uncertainties and costs for developers. The work constitutes a continuation of the ongoing support Ecofys WTTS has been giving to RVO.nl over the past years and is a follow-up of the support and thought-leadership performed on the sites of Borssele and Hollandse Kust (zuid).

Find the measured data and assessments at: offshorewind.rvo.nl