Wind power

ENGIE, as innovative green energy producer, has substantial ambitions with respect to wind energy. By 2030, ENGIE aims to have expanded to 1,000 MW of wind energy on land. At the beginning of 2023, the company already has wind capacity of 547 MW, 70 MW is under construction. This wind capacity equates to an annual production of 2 billion kilowatt hours per year, or enough power to support 570,000 families. CO2 emissions will reduce by 900,000 tons per year.

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ENGIE-Windturbines

We build our wind turbines in partnership within the companies Wind4Flanders* , Wind4Wallonia** and Greensky*** with a clear focus on those living in the surrounding areas. They are partial shareholders via CoGreen.

We are also active in offshore wind energy. 

ENGIE contributed to the development and realization of the SeaMade wind farm in the North Sea as part of the Ocean Winds project team. Its subsidiary Electrabel was already involved at the start of the project and is now also taking on the operation of the park.

With Ocean Winds, ENGIE Electrabel wants to continue to play a pioneering role in Belgium's energy transition, in which offshore wind energy has a very important place. Our ambition is to have 1,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030, including in consortia such as this one.

ENGIE also installs wind turbines for its customers so that they can increase the sustainability of their processes via the local production of green energy.

 

To realise our targets, we aim to:

  • expand our facilities by 40 MW per year.
  • optimise the fleet: we are gradually replacing our small, older turbines with more efficient examples, as we did at Hoogstraten and Wondelgem in 2021.

 
Interesting facts

  • It takes around 3-4 years from the consultation phase to the commissioning of a wind farm.
  • A well-placed turbine on land with a capacity of 3 MW can produce around 7,000 MWh of electricity in a year. This equates to the annual consumption of almost 2,000 families.
  • The average lifespan of a wind turbine is 20 years.

 

Turning wind energy into electricity

In order to produce electricity with a wind turbine, the wind has to blow (the turbine only starts to turn with a wind speed of 3 m/s and works at maximum capacity with a speed of 12 m/s). But it can’t be too windy! When the wind gets to 25 m/s or above, the wind turbines shut down for safety reasons. The energy production from wind turbines constantly fluctuates. ENGIE uses special software which analyses meteorological data in order to predict production by the turbines as accurately as possible. On the basis of this information, we can engage other energy sources or power stations, if required.

 

How does it work?

Wind turbine on land (onshore):

•    Currently offering a capacity of 3.5 to 5.6 MW
•    Supplies its full capacity over an equivalent of 2,000 to 2,200 hours (approx. 25% of the time)

 

Wind turbine at sea (offshore):

  • Because there’s more room at sea, larger and more powerful wind turbines can be built. The offshore industry is moving towards wind turbines of up to 12 MW, fitted with rotors with a wing-span of up to 200 m.

  • At sea, the wind blows harder and more regularly. Wind turbines offer an average of 4,000 hours at full capacity.

 

Schema wind FR

 

•    The nacelle turns the rotor and the sails automatically into the wind direction.
•    A sail on an onshore wind turbine can be up to 75 m long. The sails on offshore wind turbines can measure up to 100 m.
•    The nacelle can be reached via the hollow mast. At the foot of the mast, there is the transformer which increases the voltage of the generated power.
•    Once the wind starts to move the sails, the gearbox converts the rotor’s low revolution speed into the high revolution speed of the generator.
•    The generator converts this kinetic energy into electricity.
 
Did you know? At a distance of 500 metres, the noise from a wind turbine doesn’t exceed that of a library.


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*Wind4Flanders is a collaboration between Zefier, IKA and I.B.E.G. It is a 50/50 partnership whereby Electrabel takes on the operational activities.
**Wind4Wallonia is a collaboration between Electrabel and 5 interurban organisations (IBW, IDEFIN, IEG, SOFILUX and IPFH which combines IDEA, IDETA and IGRETEC). In essence, it is a 50/50 partnership whereby Electrabel takes on the operational activities.

*** Greensky cvba is a partnership between Electrabel, Infrabel, Sint-Truiden and the Brussels Intercommunal Electricity Company (IBGE).

 

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Updates

Berlare E17 - Omgevingsvergunningsaanvraag werd ingediend

2024-02-22

De omgevingsvergunningsaanvraag voor het windturbineproject Berlare E17 werd ingediend. Volgend op de acceptering van dit dossier gaat het openbaar onderzoek van start voor een periode van 30 dagen. Tijdens dit onderzoek is het volledige dossier inclusief studies raadpleegbaar digitaal via het Omgevingsloket of in het gemeentehuis van Berlare.

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Kruibeke E17 Extensie - Infomarkt 26 februari 2024

2024-02-12

Op 26 februari 2024 zal er een nieuwe infomarkt gehouden worden over ons project te Kruibeke/Beveren. Deze zal doorgaan in het Gemeentehuis te Kruibeke, Zaal “De Brouwerij”- Onze-Lieve-Vrouwplein 18/20, 9150 Kruibeke. U kan er van 18u00 tot 20u00 doorlopend terecht voor al uw vragen omtrent dit project.
 

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Ruisbroek Kanaal (Puurs-Sint-Amands) - Vergunning geweigerd

2024-01-31

De minister heeft de vergunning voor dit dossier jammer genoeg geweigerd. We bekijken de weigeringsbeslissing in detail en bepalen onze verdere aanpak voor dit project.

 

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Herentals – Plassendonk - Arrest van de raad voor vergunningstwistingen

2024-01-31

Op 29 juni 2023 werd het verzoekschrift tot vernietiging van de verleende vergunning afgewezen door de raad voor vergunningsbetwistingen. Hiertegen werd een nieuwe juridische procedure bij het Hof van Cassatie opgestart.
 

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Herentals – Plassendonk - Vergunning verleend

2024-01-31

Op 23 november 2020 verleende de minister een omgevingsvergunning voor de bouw en exploitatie van 2 turbines. Tegen deze beslissing werd in januari 2021 een nieuw verzoekschrift tot vernietiging ingediend bij de Raad voor vergunningsbetwistingen.
 

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ENGIE is meer dan een energieleverancier

We werken vandaag hard aan de toekomst. Zo zetten we alles op alles om de energietransitie van dit land zo vlot en snel mogelijk te bewerkstelligen en Net Zero Carbon te bereiken tegen 2045.
27/05/2023
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BESIX Infra, ENGIE en Wind4Flanders huldigen hoogste windturbine van Limburg in in Bilzen

De hoogste windturbine in Limburg staat sinds kort te draaien op de site van BESIX Infra in Bilzen. De turbine met een indrukwekkende tiphoogte van 234 meter werd vanmiddag officieel ingehuldigd door Vlaams minister van Energie Zuhal Demir. Dat gebeurde in aanwezigheid van BESIX en zijn filiaal BESIX Infra, projectontwikkelaar ENGIE, het publiek-private partnerschap Wind4Flanders en het gemeentebestuur van Bilzen.
04/05/2023
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Corporate PPA: het groene stroomleveringscontract voor bedrijven

Als grootste producent van hernieuwbare energie in België zet ENGIE zich in om de transitie naar een koolstofneutrale economie te versnellen. Energie-intensieve bedrijven nemen steeds meer initiatieven om hun koolstofuitstoot te verminderen. ENGIE ondersteunt hen hierin en biedt hun tal van oplossingen aan om hun duurzaamheidsdoelstellingen te halen. Een van deze oplossingen is het groene stroomleveringscontract, ofwel de corporate Power Purchase Agreement of PPA.
17/02/2022
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Umicore signs renewable electricity PPAs with ENGIE and Axpo to power two of its largest sites worldwide

Umicore has signed two separate long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs), with ENGIE and Axpo to source renewable electricity from offshore and onshore wind turbines in Belgium. These agreements will cover more than half of the electricity demand from Umicore’s Belgian sites and help the Group achieve its objective to be carbon neutral by 2035.
03/02/2022