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Dutch know-how for first US offshore wind test centre

Published: 13/10/2011

Consortium develops Poseidon Atlantic facility with broad public support

Utrecht, The Netherlands, 13 October 2011The first North American offshore wind turbine test centre has started development, off the eastern Atlantic shore of the US state of Virginia, by a consortium of Ecofys, Fugro and Real NewEnergy. The project, Poseidon Atlantic, has come about through collaboration between the Commonwealth of Virginia, Northampton County and the Virginia Port Authority with further support from the Dutch government.

Currently, there is a lack of expert certification testing for offshore wind turbines worldwide. Poseidon Atlantic will help to fill this need and represents an important stepping stone for offshore wind development along the US east coast. The region has potential to become a hub for offshore wind development due to its deep water ports and local, skilled and flexible workforce.

The centre will supply testing and certification services providing proof of quality for offshore wind turbines. It will also serve other needs including those of turbine manufacturers running their own research programmes or electricity transmission network operators investigating wind turbine impact on their operations.

This work will draw heavily on Dutch expertise. As recently as February 2011 Ecofys inaugurated Europe's largest onshore wind turbine test centre in Lelystad, Netherlands, and is now set to play a major role in the US project.

“Participating in Poseidon Atlantic provides Ecofys with the exciting opportunity to participate at the forefront of offshore wind energy development in the US, using its broad expertise in both wind turbine test site development and operation and in offshore wind energy,” commented Kees van der Leun, COO of Ecofys. Fugro will supply engineering services in connection with the test centre's site and development. Real NewEnergy is a key driver behind the project in its role as facilitator for the introduction and dissemination of Dutch renewable energy capabilities in the US.

With space for eight to ten turbines, the facility will have up to 50 MW of wind generation capacity representing a total investment of around US$ 100 to 120 million. The aim is to complete construction for the end of 2012, with the first turbines starting to generate energy by early spring 2013. The facility is expected to run for at least 20 years.

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Graphic: Kees van der Leun, COO Ecofys, source: Ecofys

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EcofysExperts in energy
Established in 1984 with the vision of achieving “sustainable energy for everyone”, Ecofys has become the leading expert in renewable energy, energy & carbon efficiency, energy systems & markets as well as energy & climate policies. The unique synergy between those areas of expertise is the key to its success. Ecofys creates smart, effective, practical and sustainable solutions for and with public and corporate clients all over the world. With offices in the Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, China and the US, Ecofys employs over 250 experts dedicated to solving energy and climate challenges.

Fugro, founded in 1962, is the world’s leading collector, processor, and interpreter of data related to the earth's surface, subsurface and waters, and provides advice based on the results to clients in many business sectors.  In this capacity, Fugro has been a key partner in the development of more than 100 installed and proposed European offshore wind projects, and has been a key supporter for the development of an offshore wind industry in the U.S. Fugro is a Dutch-based firm with offices in 60 countries and a staff of 14,000.


Real NewEnergy
Real NewEnergy is an integrated sustainable energy company offering expertise, technologies and project development in the sustainable and renewable energy arena. Real NewEnergy’s market focus is to bring together international energy capabilities with US market requirements and since its foundation early 2010, the company has developed an impressive track record of successfully implementing go-to market strategies for numerous international clients, launching renewable energy technology companies and developing renewable energy projects in wind, water and solar.


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