Wind aan de Stroom


Wind aan de Stroom is an initiative of MLSO and the Antwerp Port Authority. The first steps were taken in 2007. The target is to install 50 wind turbines by 2025. Currently, there are 23 wind turbines spread throughout the port on the left bank of the Scheldt.

Why wind power at the port on the left bank of the Scheldt?

  • European objectives & climate agreements:
    • by 2020: 20% renewable energy
    • by 2030: 27% renewable energy
  • Seaport areas are a part of the priority implantation areas (Circular on the assessment framework and preconditions for the establishment of wind turbines - 2014)
  • No habitation
  • Presence of large consumers
  • Substantial contribution to energy transition and sustainability of the port

windturbines W@S / W@S wind turbines

Evolution

In 2012, the public company Wind aan de Stroom (W@S) was established as a property developer for wind power at the port on the left bank of the Scheldt. In addition to the Antwerp Port Authority and Scheldt Left Bank Corporation (MLSO), the public company Groene Energie Haven Antwerpen (GEHA) also joined as a partner in 2013.

In March 2015, the first phase of construction of the wind turbine park started (15 Siemens wind turbines). And, in July of the same year, the first wind turbines went into operation.

In 2018, a total of 21 wind turbines were operational in the port on the left bank of the Scheldt. In 2020, construction work started on four new turbines, and permit applications for four additional wind turbines were submitted. On 15 June 2021, Wind aan de Stroom inaugurated the first two new wind turbines on the DEME site. These are the very first wind turbines in the port area on Zwijndrecht territory, bringing the total number of wind turbines in the port on the left bank of the Scheldt to 23. The two wind turbines are the first of a total of eight new turbines that Wind aan de Stroom will install on the left bank of the Scheldt in the near future. Six wind turbines are expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2022, bringing the total number of operational wind turbines to 29. This represents a total installed capacity of 91.4MW and an annual production of 225 gigawatt hours of green electricity. This is enough to supply 65,000 families with energy for a year!

You can find more detailed information about Wind aan de Stroom on the project website (only in Dutch).

Wind turbine technical specifications

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SWT 113 - 3.0 megawatt)

  • axle height: 115 m
  • rotor diameter: 113 m
  • tip height: 171.5 m
  • capacity: 3.0 - 3.2 megawatt

Enercon GmbH (E115 - 3.0 megawatt)

  • axle height: 135 m
  • rotor diameter: 115 m
  • tip height: 192.5 m
  • capacity: 3.0 megawatt
Enercon GmbH (E115EP3 - 3.5 megawatt)
  • mast height: 92 m
  • length of the blades: 57.5 m
  • blade-tip height: 150 m AGL
  • expected annual production per wind turbine: 15,000 MWh/year
  • expected life span: 20 years


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