BLIX Consultancy speeds up the Energy Transition
Albert van der Hem and Maarten Timmerman interviewed on how BLIX speeds up the energy transition.
The development method of offshore wind farms is changing drastically and is being copied globally. The fierce competition and reduced subsidy levels have further increased the need for lower Levelized Costs of Energy (LCoE) and careful spending of development expenditures.
Europe is the main stage of offshore wind development. In the Netherlands and Denmark a new successful concession tender system has emerged, bringing LCoE down rapidly. In the last ‘Hollandse Kust (zuid)’ tender in the Netherlands no subsidy was required by the winner Vattenfall. Offshore wind has reached parity with fossil fuels there.
This successful tender system, whereby permitted sites with site data and a secured grid connection are being tendered, is now being copied by other countries around the North Sea and globally. BLIX Consultancy founders and directors Albert van der Hem and Maarten Timmerman have been active in offshore wind development since 1997. They have helped making the sector successful by supporting the Netherlands Enterprise Agency collecting soil, wind and wave site data for all of its tenders and helping international developers prepare bids in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, UK, France and Taiwan, with a focus on new tenders in the US, India and Vietnam.
Van der Hem: “Our first projects were all around the North Sea and were heavily subsidized. The first project that I was project director of, and which won a concession in the UK in 2003, was the 315 Megawatt Sheringham Shoal project, now operated by Equinor. It had a LCoE of over 170 euro/MWh, currently we LCoEs as low as 60 euro/MWh”. Timmerman adds: “Clearly these low cost prices attract new developers and investors, and BLIX has decided to further expand its business into Asia and North America. In the second round of Taiwanese projects we helped the Canadian IPP Northland Power and its Taiwanese project partner Yushan Energy win a bid for the Hai Long 2 & 3 concessions totalling 744 Megawatt.
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