Press article Off Grid Test Centre

Test centre for an independently working energy system
On the Afsluitdijk near Den Oever, a test centre will be built in order to test independent, sustainable energy networks, called Off Grid Energy Systems. These entirely independently operating energy networks can generate their own electricity, store it, and deliver electricity 24/7 365 days a year. With the help of wind, solar, water and storage, a sustainable and affordable alternative is being designed for areas and islands that do not have a connection to the electricity grid. The test Centre is being realised by the consortium of MPower.


Off Grid Test Centre (OGTC)
Joined research is being carried out in the OGTC, and several different systems are being tested. Four renewable energy technologies, wind, solar, water and storage form the sources with which the Test Centre can run tests in various different setups. The Test Centre combines these sources into reliable systems for clients. The goal is to develop independently working and renewable alternatives for locations that are not connected to the public grid. The energy systems are alternatives for diesel generators on islands and remote areas worldwide. Even in the Netherlands the system is being used, in locations like Texel or Monument on the Afsluitdijk.


Realisation of the Test Centre
The Test Centre (OGTC) is being realised by 130Renewables, recently renamed to MPower. MPower is a consortium between Wind Energy Solutions (WES), ZON Energie, Tocardo and battery suppliers.


Financing
For the realisation of the Test Centre a sum of € 933.675 has been made available from the Rijksbijdrage Regeling Ambities Afsluitdijk. The financing for MPower has hereby been fulfilled. The companies themselves will also contribute € 933.675.


Energy neutral Afsluitdijk
The project is part of the program called ‘De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk’ and contributes to the ambition of making the Afsluitdijk an innovative and energy neutral dike, with an international image. Other examples of recent innovations that contribute to this are Blue Energy and Current Energy.


De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk
De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk is a co-operation between the provinces of North-Holland, Fryslân and the municipalities Hollands Crown, Súdwest-Fryslân and Harlingen. Together, we are working on a renewed dike in the fields of renewable energy, ecology, recreation, tourism and spatial quality.
For more Information about the projects, see www.deafsluitdijk.nl.

 

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Photo-impression: The four renewable energy technologies: wind, solar, water, and storage that form the core of the Off Grid Test Centre. A more in-depth explanation of how it works?
See www.deafsluitdijk.nl/offgridtestcentre

 

For more info about this press article: Marjan Terpstra, De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk +316-52356889.