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Smart symbiosis of wind and solar power at Maasvlakte 2

Amphibious Energy test the EnergyPod at Maasvlakte 2, a container to generate, store and convert solar and wind power. The company is developing an onshore version in addition to the offshore version for platforms at sea.

People in remote places where there is no power supply can use Amphibious Energy Solutions to generate power from the wind and sun. This is a sustainable alternative to diesel generators. The company was established nearly 2 years ago. The test at Maasvlakte 2 started three months ago and will continue for a further six months. The goal of generating sufficient power for offshore oil and gas platforms is within reach. “We are achieving the anticipated performance,” explained enthusiastic Managing Director George Nadorp.

Powerful symbiosis

The container is equipped with a wind turbine and solar panels. Inverters and systems consume part of the generated power with the remaining power being stored in batteries for use by external purchasers. The hybrid system forms a powerful symbiosis between wind and solar power. “In winter there’s often a lot of wind and not much sun. So we mainly use the wind turbine then. In summer we mainly generate power via the solar panels.”

Offshore drilling platforms

An onshore and offshore version of the energy container is being developed. The company is mainly focusing on offshore drilling platforms for oil companies. For them it is important that the energy container is reliable and robust. “If something goes wrong, it costs a lot of money to reach the container. That’s why all systems are implemented as redundant. We can control and monitor the system remotely, logging in to view the battery charge status and check any malfunctions.”

Robust wind turbine

The innovative aspect mainly concerns the wind turbine, which, according to Nadorp, is extremely suitable for offshore applications. “It is totally different from the usual propeller wind turbines at sea, which often break down within a year or two. Our turbine can generate power with lower revs and is fitted with double bearings. This makes it extremely robust. Another advantage is the container’s fully autonomous operation. You can just install it on an offshore platform and you don’t need to worry about it again.”

Tests at Maasvlakte 2

“The market is responding with enthusiasm. We can show companies the hard facts. That’s why we are so delighted that we’re able to test it at Maasvlakte. We are collecting operational data to demonstrate that the energy container does what it’s supposed to do. Maasvlakte is a good wind area, where the Port of Rotterdam Authority is developing space for the market to dismantle used platforms and install large wind turbines at sea. There is a lot of construction but there is, as yet, no power grid. There are also clients for the onshore version of our container on Maasvlakte 2. And we are in discussion with three oil companies.”

Scaling up

The system on Maasvlakte is constructed in an 8-ft container and has one wind turbine and solar panels. “But we can also switch to a 20-ft container with 2 or 3 wind turbines.”

WindDays 2018

Meet the Rotterdam Offshore Wind Coalition June 13th and 14th during WindDays at the World Trade Center in Rotterdam. Standnumber: 47. Talk about the latest developments in the on- and offshore wind sector.

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