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Vattenfall building 60-MW Dutch wind-solar-battery complex

Wind and solar together. Author: Gerry Machen.

August 13 (Renewables Now) - Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall AB is working on the construction of a 60-MW hybrid power plant that will combine wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage technologies in the Netherlands.

The so-called Haringvliet park will consist of a 22-MW wind farm, a 38-MW solar plant and a battery installation capable of storing 12 MWh. Requiring an investment of EUR 61 million (USD 68.2m), the complex is expected to become operational in September 2020 and provide power for about 40,000 Dutch homes.

"Vattenfall wants to enable fossil-free living within one generation and hybrid power plants are an important building block for us in the direction of 100% fossil-free power generation,” said Gunnar Groebler, senior vice president and head of business area wind. He commented that hybrid power systems use the network infrastructure more efficiently than a single-generation technology. The grid connection costs are also significantly lower, which in turn benefits customers.

The first stage of the project is the six-turbine wind park, to be located north of Goeree-Overflakkee. Preparatory work on the site has already been initiated. Following its completion, Vattenfall will start building a PV park with 124,000 panels, while the storage component will come last. Batteries for it will be supplied by BMW (ETR:BMW) and will be installed in 12 shipping containers.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.119)

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