Offshore wind farm OranjeWind

Blueprint for the new generation of offshore wind farms

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The perfect match

RWE’s OranjeWind offshore wind farm will be located 53 kilometers from the Dutch coast. To tackle the challenges of fluctuating power generation from wind and flexible energy demand, RWE has developed a blueprint for the integration of offshore wind farms in the Dutch energy system.

A combination of smart innovations and investments will be used to realise this perfect match between supply and demand.

Unlocking full system integration

The company will invest, for example, in new electrolyser capacity, e-boilers and EV-charging solutions.

To accelerate the commercial application of new technologies, a selected group of great innovators and start-ups is offered the opportunity to demonstrate their innovations in a working project.

In addition, knowledge and important lessons learned in the project will be actively shared with educational institutes, research institutes and the market, to even further accelerate the energy transition.

Project status: In development

Facts and figures

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from the Dutch coast

Almost 00 MW

installed capacity

More than 00

Dutch households annually

Innovations at OranjeWind

In order to realise system integration and accelerate the energy transition, RWE is working together with a number of innovators on new developments in offshore wind farms. The company is realising and testing these innovations in the OranjeWind wind farm.

These innovations include offshore floating solar, a subsea lithium-ion battery, LiDAR power forecasting system and a subsea hydro storage power plant off-site.

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Subsea pumped hydro storage power plant (Ocean Grazer)

Ocean Grazer’s Ocean Battery is a scalable, modular solution for energy storage that is produced by renewable sources such as wind turbines and floating solar farms at sea.

To store energy, the system pumps water from the rigid reservoirs into the flexible bladders on the seabed to store it under high pressure. When there is demand for power, water flows back from the flexible bladders to the low pressure rigid reservoirs, driving multiple hydro turbines to generate electricity.

As part of project OranjeWind, Ocean Grazer will be further developed in an inland underwater testing location.

Ocean Grazer - OranjeWind | RWE in the Benelux

Floating solar (SolarDuck)

RWE and the Dutch-Norwegian company SolarDuck are collaborating to develop the use of floating solar parks at sea.

The offshore floating solar technology, as developed by SolarDuck, establishes a new frontier for solar energy and provides an answer to increasing land scarcity for the generation of renewable energy. The integration of offshore floating solar into an offshore wind farm is a more efficient use of ocean space for energy generation (using the space between the wind turbines) and allows for synergies with regards to the construction and maintenance of the multi-source renewable energy plant. The result is a more balanced production profile due to the complementary nature of wind and solar resources. This means the TenneT transport cable will be used more efficiently in the future.

RWE and SolarDuck are currently collaborating in the first pilot installation off the Dutch coast: Project Merganser. This project will lay the foundation for the larger installation at OranjeWind.

SolarDuck - OranjeWind | RWE in the Benelux

Intelligent Subsea Energy Storage (Verlume)

As a winner of the RWE innovation competition in 2022, RWE and Verlume have been working together to deliver this unique offering for system integration at OranjeWind.

Verlume is bringing multi-purpose storage solutions offshore through a subsea lithium-ion battery with integrated intelligent energy management, which has a modular and highly scalable design that will lead to a more balanced power output by shaving the peak power production offshore.

Beyond preventing grid curtailment, the storage solution can provide multiple offshore services, such as frequency response, black start capability for wind turbines and charging of hybrid or fully electric service vessels and providing residency for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). This will enable further reductions of the CO2 footprint of offshore wind farms and associated logistics.

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LiDAR-based power forecasting (ForWind, University of Oldenburg)

ForWind, the Center for Wind Energy Research at the University of Oldenburg, won the RWE innovation competition in 2022 with their proposal for the development of an innovative power forecasting methodology based on LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging).

This method has the potential to support grid stability and significantly improve the integration of wind power in future energy systems, by accurately forecasting sudden changes in power production as a consequence strong variations of wind speed over a short period of time (so-called “wind ramp events”). If not forecasted accurately, both in timing and amplitude, these can result in critical grid imbalances and on the longer term hamper the further growth of offshore wind energy.

ForWind - OranjeWind | RWE in the Benelux

OranjeWind Knowledge

There is a lot to learn in an innovative project such as OranjeWind. While developing the wind farm, RWE started the OranjeWind Knowledge programme. This programme aims to generate and share knowledge to accelerate the energy transition.

In strong partnerships with TNO and Dutch universities, research is carried out in parallel to the development and operation of OranjeWind. By sharing research results, lessons learned, and relevant in-house expertise, RWE aims to close knowledge gaps and provide valuable insights in key focus areas for system integration. The generated knowledge will become openly available to educational and research institutes, governments and the market.

To ensure the dissemination of knowledge, RWE will actively partner with educational institutions of all levels across the Netherlands. These partnerships allow RWE to share its expertise and provide the future workforce with the knowledge and skills needed to enable the energy transition.

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