The sporting goods company Nike generates as much green energy on its premises in Flanders as it consumes there. Six wind turbines with a total capacity of nine megawatts have provided this since 2006. The wind farm has been maintained by service technicians from Deutsche Windtechnik since 2009.
The Nike location in Laakdal, Belgium, serves as a transhipment point for the entire European market. As the corporation wanted to avoid any alterations and dismantling and keep access routes open, it installed wind turbines with lattice towers. The towers are far enough apart that even lorries can drive under one of the wind turbines.
Far more than standard
The wind farm is operated by SeeBA Windpark bvba, which is equally owned by wpd windmanager GmbH & Co. KG and Alpha Wind GmbH & Co. KG. Deutsche Windtechnik takes care of technical operations.
“We have experienced the Deutsche Windtechnik team as being very committed and possessing a high degree of technical expertise,” says Hartwig Noormann, technical management employee at wpd windmanager GmbH & Co. KG and the first contact for wind turbines serviced by Deutsche Windtechnik. “Turbine availability is pleasingly high, thanks particularly to the fast delivery of replacement parts as well as the quick intervention of teams on site.”
Hartwig Noormann, wpd windmanager GmbH & Co. KG
Perfectly integrated: lorries can drive under this wind turbine.
|Laakdal wind farm at a glance|
|Operator:||SeeBA Windpark bvba|
|Start of cooperation:||2009|
|Deutsche Windtechnik services:||technical operation|
|Turbine types:||6x REpower /Senvion MD77 (each with 1.5 MW capacity)|
|Total output:||9 MW|
|Expected annual yield:||16-18 million kWh|