Accelerating energy transition through wind


Study work - Potential study of small and medium-sized wind turbines

Small and medium-sized wind turbines (KMWT), like solar panels, are a decentralised form of energy production, meaning that the generated energy is produced and consumed locally. Thus, in addition to the wind potential, the consumption profile of the customer is also important.

In order to lower the first step towards a feasibility study and already be able to carry out an initial low-threshold screening of the potential of a site, at the request of PIO and VEB, Witteveen+Bos carried out a study of the potential of KMWT in Flanders. In this study, a spatial and energetic analysis was made for Flanders for both detached (non-roof-mounted) KMWT and roof-mounted KMWT.

A spatial and energetic screening for the feasibility of a medium-sized wind turbine in Flanders can be consulted on the basis of GIS maps prepared within the study. These GIS maps map both the wind potential and permit constraints for a specific location. For roof-mounted wind turbines, a roadmap is available to determine the technical potential.

The economic potential of the investment in a medium-sized wind turbine, is clarified through flow charts testing a number of indicators. Based on simple questions about electricity consumption, operational hours and electricity tariff, a first indication is given about the economic potential of a small and medium-sized wind turbine for a specific consumer.

The Witteveen+Bos study can be accessed at the bottom of the page under documents.

After realisation of the pilot projects, an evaluation of the project results will take place through monitoring. In this way, the main challenges regarding the realisation of KMWT will be identified on the one hand, and solutions will be worked out to accelerate the process from feasibility to realisation of KMWT in Flanders on the other.

Explanation of project at info session at PIO Call 2021

On 11 March 2021, Tina van Lierde (VEB) and Shana Sevrin (Sport Vlaanderen) explained the project and the pilot in Ghent during the info session we organised at the PIO Call 2021. The explanation provides an update on the project.

You can find the pdf at the bottom of the page under documents