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Van Kuekenborn: 'The North Sea will become a power station for the whole country' |  interior

Van Kuekenborn: ‘The North Sea will become a power station for the whole country’ | interior

“Wind turbines in the North Sea will produce enough power for the whole of Belgium by 2040,” Federal Minister for the North Sea Vincent van Quekenborn (Open VLD) told Sodeinfo. But Van Queckenborn’s ambitions don’t stop there: “We also want to be the first country in the world to install floating solar panels at sea.”

“We currently have 399 wind turbines in Zone 1 with a capacity of 2.2 gigawatts,” Van Kuekenborn told Sudinfo. In addition, he also reported that a second area was planned: “The project, called Princess Elizabeth, will eventually develop between 3.15 and 3.5 GW and the work will be deployed from 2026 to 2030.” By 2040, according to van Quekenborn, it is even possible to achieve 8 gigawatts with a third wind farm. “This capacity is huge, it will correspond to 8 nuclear reactors,” says the Open VLD politician. According to him, this is enough to supply all Belgian families. Or you always have to inflate.

It is not yet clear how many windmills will be installed in the North Sea. “Technology is developing very quickly for that. We will see what the companies propose,” says Van Kuekenborn. “Some of the wind turbines in Princess Elizabeth Park will be installed in natural areas, but for this purpose we are conducting 25 environmental impact studies.” What to take into account Also considered are the high voltage towers that will cross Hainaut and West Flanders.There are plenty of opponents, but electricity is still needed. “Everyone against everything,” the minister said.

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In addition to the windmill plans, Van Quickenborne is also looking at another project: “We want to be the first country in the world to install floating solar panels at sea.” These types of solar panels are already in lakes, but not yet in the sea. “We want to be the pioneers, as we have been with wind turbines,” says Van Kuekenborn. According to him, the idea is to place these panels between the wind turbines. Last month we launched 2 million euros to start the study. If the result is convincing, we will launch another 10 million euros to build a prototype next year.”

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