Wind power

ENGIE, as the largest 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 2022, the company already has wind capacity of 475 MW, 70 MW is under construction, and ENGIE has received a permit for another 25 MW. This wind capacity equates to an annual production of 1 billion kilowatt hours per year, or enough power to support 330,000 families. CO2 emissions will reduce by 484,000 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

Hoogstraten Hoge Akker - Start voorbereidende werkzaamheden

2022-06-15

In de komende weken starten de voorbereidende werkzaamheden van ons project aan de Hoge Akker te Hoogstraten. Tegen het einde van de zomer in september zijn de aanleg van het werkplatform en de fundering afgerond zodat we in oktober/november kunnen starten met de opbouw van de turbine zodat die tegen de start van het nieuwe jaar 2023 volledig operationeel kan zijn.

Hoegaarden E40 - Info presentatie windturbine project 31/05/2022

2022-05-31

Hier vindt u de presentatie met de info over het project Hoegaarden E40. Het document bevat de inplanting, geluidskaarten, slagschaduwkaarten,…

 

Hoegaarden E40 - Informatievergadering

2022-05-23

Wij plannen een vergunningsaanvraag midden mei 2022. Om jullie meer info over dit project te bezorgen nodigen wij u graag uit voor onze Infomarkt.

Deze markt gaat door op maandag 23 mei 2022 in Parochiecentrum Hoegaarden (Tiensestraat 54a, 3320 Hoegaarden). U kan er van 17u00 tot 21u00 doorlopend terecht voor al uw vragen omtrent dit project.

Harelbeke-Zwevegem - Status 2022 van het dossier

2022-01-11

Begin 2022 is er nog steeds geen uitspraak in de beroepsprocedure die aangespannen werd tegen deze beslissing. We verwachten de uitspraak nu tegen de zomer van 2022.

Stekene - Nieuwe vergunningsaanvraag 2022

2022-01-10

In 2017 dienden Electrabel NV en Fortech reeds een vergunningsaanvraag in voor zes windturbines met een maximaal vermogen van 3,4 MW in de projectzone Stekene Moerbeke-Waas. In 2018 werd hiervoor een omgevingsvergunning toegekend voor zes windturbines zowel in eerste aanleg door de provincie Oost-Vlaanderen als in laatste aanleg door de Vlaamse Overheid.

Hierop werd beroep ingediend bij de Raad van Vergunningsbetwistingen. Deze zaak is thans lopende.

De lange doorlooptijd van voormelde beroepsprocedures creëert niet enkel grote juridische onzekerheden maar maakt het voor ons moeilijker om het vergund project ook praktisch en financieel nog tot realisatie te brengen. Gezien de windenergiemarkt razendsnel evolueert, moeten we hiermee rekening houden en moeten we de windprojecten aanpassen aan de snel wijzigende marktomstandigheden.

Om die reden hebben Electrabel en Fortech/Wase Wind een nieuw dossier aangevraagd. Het gaat om drie windturbines met een maximaal vermogen van 6,8 MW. Indien dit nieuwe project een definitieve en uitvoerbare omgevingsvergunning zou verkrijgen, dan wordt er afstand gedaan van het oude dossier uit 2017.

ENGIE en Fortech/Wase Wind organiseren een digitale infosessie op 16 februari vanaf 19h30. Deelnemen kan via deze link:

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