Largest Freshwater Offshore Wind Farm At Full Tilt

The 382.7 MW Windpark Fryslân, the largest wind farm built in a body of fresh water, has been fully commissioned.

Located in the IJsselmeer Lake in the Netherlands, Windpark Fryslân comprises 89 Siemens Gamesa 4.3 MW wind turbines which have been fully tested and in operation since November.

Data at the project’s website shows that the wind farm is currently operating at near full capacity.

Ventolines, the owner and developer of the project, had initially planned to install and test all of the turbines at the nearshore wind farm by June.

The construction schedule was subsequently pushed back to the third quarter of the year as the project faced adverse impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, unfavourable weather, and the complex logistics involved.

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Located some six kilometres off the Frisian coast, Windpark Fryslân was constructed by the Zuiderzeewind consortium of Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa.

The first power was delivered to the Dutch grid in the first half of April. Now fully commissioned, the wind farm is expected to produce around 1.5 TWh of electricity per year.

Photo: Windpark Fryslân ; Photo: Zuiderzeewind