In the port of Rotterdam, it all comes together: coal, natural gas, biomass, heat, steam, wind and sun. The supply, production and distribution of energy are enormous. Sustainable energy generation is an important development in this area. At the moment, there is an installed wind turbine capacity of 170 megawatts (MW) in the port area. That represents some 10% of the total wind energy produced in the Netherlands. Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, acknowledges the importance of wind energy. 'Wind energy allows us to make a sizeable contribution to our country and puts the port well on its way to becoming the sustainable power plant of North-western Europe.'
The Dutch government has decreed that by 2020, 14% of Dutch energy production must be generated from renewable sources, and that this should increase to 16% by 2023. In the Port Vision 2030, the Port Authority made agreements with various partners to achieve a total installed capacity of 300 MW by 2020. This amounts to enough electricity to supply 300 households per year. In the port there are 15 locations where wind turbines are either already in place or planned. The seawall of Maasvlakte 2 is also an important location. Castelein: 'Our port can accommodate wind turbines in certain places. Important considerations in this respect are: safety is key and shipping, businesses and the development of the port must not be hindered.'
More information about wind energy is available on the Port Authority's website. This includes the current and planned wind turbine locations.