Blue Energy

Blue Energy stands for the generation of power from the difference in salt concentration of salt and fresh water. A test set-up is currently operating in Breezanddijk, which we are using to gain knowledge about this new method for power generation. The power station uses water from the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer. If the tests are successful, we may upscale the project to create a demonstration installation.

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What is it?

The Afsluitdijk is the number one symbol for the Dutch fight against water. Now that it has to be renovated, De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk is seizing the opportunity to turn the dam into a sustainable energy dam. From now on, we will not only be fighting the water, we will also be working with it in a future-oriented and innovative way.

Among other things, we do this by supporting and facilitating the Blue Energy Afsluitdijk special energy project. A test set-up is currently operating in Breezanddijk, which REDstack is using to gain knowledge about this new method for power generation.

Blue Energy is the technology used to generate power from the difference in salt concentration of salt and fresh water. The principle of Blue Energy has been known since the 1970s, but it was never really applied in practice. By now the technique has proved itself on a small scale in the Wetsus laboratory and on a (larger) semi-engineering scale at Frisia Zout. The next step is to optimise the technology under natural conditions and then to upscale and commercialise it using a demonstration installation.

 

Partners

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This project is part of De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk

 

Participating partners