Eneco’s wind farms to power Holland’s airports

The Royal Schiphol Group’s business units will run on sustainable power.
Published: Thu 17 Aug 2017

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From 2020, Rotterdam-based energy provider Eneco’s new wind farms will power Holland’s airports.

The clean energy will supply Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport and Lelystad Airport and amount to 220GWh annually for the next 15 years - equivalent to the power requirements of about 60,000 homes.

The first new wind farm that will generate power for Royal Schiphol Group is Vianen, which will be operational from January.

Nothing but sustainable

While these wind farms are being built, other sources will be tapped for sustainable power starting from 2018.

"For our new energy contract, we wanted nothing but sustainable power generated in the Netherlands," Jos Nijhuis, president and CEO of the Royal Schiphol Group, said in a statement. Nijhuis added that aviation "can and must be made more sustainable."

Dutch authorities have ambitious plans when it comes to the environment and renewable energy. Central government wants to slash greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 and, in the shorter term, wants to switch to 16% sustainable energy by 2023.

"For the energy transition, it is crucial for the business sector – which is by far the largest energy consumer – to embrace sustainability," Jeroen de Haas, the Eneco Group's CEO, said.

"Pioneers such as Royal Schiphol Group are consciously choosing new, sustainable forms of production and are therefore setting the tone for others," de Haas added.

First solar-powered airport to expand capacity

Meanwhile, the world’s first airport to run solely on renewable energy is now set to double the plant capacity to accommodate an increase in demand from its new terminal.

The 15.5MW solar project which is responsible for powering India’s Cochin International Airport, will soon be expanded to 21.5MW.

The original project, initially able to supply 12MW, included 46,000 panels and generated more electricity than was required by the airport. The project was subsequently expanded to a capacity of 15.5MW, with the excess electricity being sold to the grid.

Several Indian airports now want to establish utility-scale solar power projects on available land. The Indian minister for civil aviation had announced that as many as 143 airports around the country will install a total of 148MW of solar capacity over the next few months.


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