The construction of the new wind turbines in Ollignies is in full swing. Eoly Cooperation is launching the capital raising and invites the inhabitants of Ollignies to become a co-shareholder in one of the 5 wind turbines in Ollignies.
Work on the new Eoly Energy wind farm in Lessines-Silly (5 wind turbines) has started.
Eoly Cooperation becomes the owner of one of the turbines and will organise a capital raising from 1 April. As usual, Eoly Cooperation offers local residents priority registration for (1) month. For this wind farm, this means the residents of Lessines, Silly & Ath. From May 1st, the capital raising will be open to the general public.
Information meetings will be organised to explain the details of this participation. The previous participation convinced many people.
This is not the first time that Eoly Cooperation has raised capital. In 2017, around 1,200 cooperators invested in a wind turbine in Halle and in 2020, more than 1,100 new cooperators joined the project in Rebaix. In this way, they participate in the energy transition of tomorrow. In exchange, they have voting rights at the annual general meeting and share in the profits of the wind turbines.
Information meetings for local residents
In order to inform all interested people, a face-to-face information meeting will take place on 1 April 2022 at the Hotel Horizon in Ath from 5.30 pm.
On 4 April a digital session will be organised. The objective is to explain the concept and the advantages of the cooperation and the details of this project and this capital raising.
Interested? Register before 27 March 2022 on https://eoly-energy.com/fr/lessines-silly/ or by phone on 02 388 01 20, to confirm your presence or to receive the link to the digital session.
About the Ollignies project
The first wind turbine has been operational since December 2016. It directly supplies the distribution centre of the Colruyt Group. With the other 5 wind turbines under construction, we will produce approximately 20,000 MWh more per year.
About Eoly Cooperation
Eoly Cooperation was founded in 2016. Eoly Cooperation works closely with Eoly Energy in the construction and operation of wind turbines and thus invests together in wind energy projects in Belgium. Local residents are primarily invited to become cooperators. This is not a financial model, but a direct participation in the projects.
About Eoly Energy
Eoly Energy is a renewable energy producer. We have been investing in onshore wind energy projects since 1999. The first projects were realised within the Colruyt Group. We are convinced that it is not only important to invest in renewable production capacity, but also in ways to keep as much sustainable energy as possible in the energy system. This is why Eoly Energy has developed expertise in hydrogen technology since 2010. We are convinced that within a generation we will be able to get all our energy from renewable sources.
15 February 2022 – Belgian consortium Hyoffwind has signed an agreement with John Cockerill and BESIX to design and build a green hydrogen production unit in Zeebrugge. This agreement represents a new milestone for Hyoffwind, which is playing a key pioneering role in line with the Flemish, Belgian and European hydrogen strategy. Collaboration between partners across the entire energy chain
The Hyoffwind project is being developed by a consortium active across the entire energy value chain. The consortium, consisting of Virya Energy (generation and sale of renewable energy) and Fluxys (transmission of green molecules), aims to develop a power-to-gas facility that can convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen. Green hydrogen is a crucial building block for a renewable energy economy, as it can be used as a raw material for industrial processes and for a variety of mobility applications. Hyoffwind will also contribute to the flexibility and balance of the energy system by providing an effective solution for the increased variability created as a result of renewable electricity production.
Fluxys and Virya Energy joined forces in 2018 to bolster the sustainability of the energy landscape in Belgium and Europe. The first phase of the planned project will consist of a facility that can convert 25 MW of electricity into green hydrogen, but the partners aim to scale this up to 100 MW in the second phase. Following the outcome of the feasibility study, carried out with the support of the Federal Energy Transition Fund, a tender process was started involving multiple parties. In selecting John Cockerill and BESIX as technology partners and as partners for the design and the construction of the facility, the consortium has taken the next major step. The permit application process was begun in late 2021 and the consortium expects to receive a permit by mid-2022. The final investment decision, which is also subject to the granting of subsidies by the Flemish government under the recovery plan, will be made in the course of 2022. Flemish Minister for Economy and Innovation Hilde Crevits has been supporting the project since 2020 because it dovetails perfectly with the Flemish hydrogen strategy. In fact, in 2020 the Flemish government awarded €8 million in strategic ecological aid to Hyoffwind. In addition, Minister Crevits will provide another €23 million under the Flemish recovery plan via the European call for IPCEIs, whose first series of projects must now be approved by the European Commission.
Flemish Minister for Economy and Innovation Hilde Crevits: “Hyoffwind is one of the projects that Flanders has submitted in connection with the European call for hydrogen IPCEIs. We aim to become a frontrunner in sustainable hydrogen. In other words, it is positive that the consortium has taken the next steps towards the first green hydrogen production unit in the port of Zeebrugge. Not only will it produce sustainable hydrogen, but it will also enable companies to acquire knowledge of and expertise in this sustainable technology, knowledge that we can then export to other countries. We are delighted to support this pioneering project with the Flemish government.”
Towards a hydrogen economy in Belgium and Europe
This pioneering project, combined with the development of hydrogen infrastructure, will make a major contribution to the Flemish, Belgian and European hydrogen strategy by taking a first step towards the development of Flanders and Belgium as a European green hydrogen hub.
Paul Tummers, CEO of Virya Energy: “With Hyoffwind, we are entering the next stage in the transition towards more fit for purpose green energy sources by enabling the start of a green hydrogen supply chain. The availability of clean hydrogen is set to further decarbonize industries such as transport and logistics. By partnering with John Cockerill and BESIX, we have the complete know-how and experience to become one of the first important building blocks supporting the European hydrogen strategy. At Virya Energy, we see the development of green hydrogen as crucial element towards an end-to-end green energy service offering.”
Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys: “As an infrastructure company, we are shaping the future energy system by making our transmission system accommodate among others green hydrogen, a carbon-neutral energy carrier. We want to be an active actor of the energy transition in Belgium, with a view to making our country an import and transit hub in a European wide hydrogen backbone. Together with our partners, we are convinced the Hyoffwind project can bring a significant contribution in that respect, as it has the potential to help kickstart a hydrogen economy in our country.”
Jean-Luc Maurange, CEO of John Cockerill: “With our partner BESIX, we are honoured to have been selected by Virya Energy and Fluxys for this landmark pioneer green hydrogen project. As the world-leading designer and manufacturer of high-capacity alkaline electrolysers, John Cockerill is fully committed towards the energy transition. With our rapidly growing team of hydrogen experts based in Belgium and France, we strive to constantly develop innovative technological solutions. This project really answers the needs of our times. It is a significant step forward in the fight against climate change.”
Pierre Sironval, Deputy CEO of BESIX Group: “Hyoffwind is a leading green hydrogen project in Europe, to which BESIX brings both the electromechanical expertise of its subsidiary BESIX Environment for the design, execution and commissioning of the plant, and our capabilities in the construction of complex industrial projects. As the collaboration between our construction teams over the last few months has shown, BESIX’s multidisciplinary expertise is extensively involved in creating, together with John Cockerill and Hyoffwind, the solutions that will make this project a success and an example for the decarbonization of our economies.”
About Hyoffwind Hyoffwind is a project to build and operate an industrial-scale 25 MW green hydrogen production facility in Zeebrugge. The partnership between Fluxys and Virya Energy dates back to the feasibility study launched in 2018. The green hydrogen facility will enable the further decarbonisation of various applications by providing clean fuel, sustainable feedstock for industry and an energy storage solution produced via renewable energy sources. The facility, which can be scaled up to 100 MW at a later stage, could become a key component in a rapidly emerging hydrogen production and distribution grid supporting both the Belgian and European hydrogen strategies.
About Virya Energy
Virya Energy is active in the development, financing, construction and operation of renewable energy sources. Established in late 2019 by Colruyt Group and its majority shareholder Korys, Virya Energy today holds 100% stakes in Parkwind, Eurowatt, Eoly Energy and Sanchore. Virya Energy is set to further develop renewable energy generation capacities and deliver services across the full value chain of sustainable energy solutions, including storage. Based in Belgium, Virya Energy and its subsidiaries own and operate over 1 GW of green energy generation capacity globally and are active in numerous green hydrogen initiatives.
Headquartered in Belgium, Fluxys is a fully independent energy infrastructure group with 1,300 employees active in gas transmission and storage, as well as liquefied natural gas terminalling. Via its associates around the world, Fluxys operates 12,000 kilometres of pipeline and liquefied natural gas terminals with an annual total regasification capacity of 29 billion cubic metres. Fluxys’ subsidiaries including Euronext-listed Fluxys Belgium, owner and operator of the gas transmission and storage infrastructure and liquefied natural gas terminalling facilities in Belgium. As a purpose-led company, Fluxys together with its stakeholders contributes to a better society by shaping a bright energy future. Building on the unique assets of its infrastructure and its commercial and technical expertise, Fluxys is committed to transporting hydrogen, biomethane and any other carbon-neutral energy carrier as well as CO2, accommodating the capture, use and storage of the latter.
About John Cockerill
John Cockerill is a global player in the energy transition. Leveraging more than 200 years’ experience in energy and industry, John Cockerill develops innovative technological solutions that contribute to the decarbonisation of human activities, whether developing new electricity generation capacity from renewable energies, storing green electricity or optimising the energy efficiency of existing power plants and industrial equipment. The group adapts its technologies and expertise – heat recovery boilers for combined-cycle gas and steam power plants, green hydrogen production, storage and distribution units, receivers for concentrated solar thermal power plants, integrated green electricity production, storage and management units, industrial boilers, maintenance of wind turbines and hydroelectric installations, nuclear valves, and industrial process automation – to the specific needs of its energy and industrial customers. In so doing, John Cockerill is making a technological contribution to the fight against climate change.
Brussels-based BESIX (founded in 1909) is a leading Belgian group active in 25 countries and on five continents in construction, real estate development and concessions. Its many iconic projects include Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in Dubai. Thanks to its superb engineering department, BESIX can carry out complex and unique projects, particularly in terms of their technical and environmental aspects. Group subsidiary BESIX Environment specialises in electromechanics and the design, engineering, execution, operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art environmental facilities, including water treatment and recycling, waste processing and sustainable energy.
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Halle, 27 November 2019 – Eoly, producer and supplier of green energy, is planning the construction of a wind turbine on the industrial site in Zele. The expected energy production will correspond to the annual consumption of some 2,500 families and will thus contribute to the growing demand for energy and the Flemish government’s plan to reduce CO2 emissions by 35% by 2030. On Thursday, November 28, Eoly organises an information moment where local residents and interested parties can learn all details about the project and constructively obtain correct information and clarity about aspects such as noise and impact shadow. Besides investing in the wind turbine in Zele, Eoly also wants to invest in landscaping and sustainable projects in the region – local residents are invited to make suggestions during the information evening.
Choice of location: in the middle of an industrial area
The project is planned with the Renika company, located on Dommekensstraat in Zele. This location is in the middle of an industrial area with little residential development in the immediate vicinity and at a considerable distance from the residential area.
The new turbine will be bundled with the industrial zone and a few high-voltage pylons and will fit in with the three existing wind turbines. In addition, the chosen location also meets the criteria from the Flemish Circular ‘Assessment framework and preconditions for the establishment of wind turbines’ and corresponds to the most suitable zones according to the Wind Plan of the province of East Flanders.
The impact on the environment was thoroughly investigated and will also be closely monitored during the operation phase. This will guarantee that the legal standards for noise and impact shadow will be respected at all times and that the nuisance for residents and companies in the area will be limited to a minimum.
Noise and shadow standards respected
The law (Vlarem regulations) has laid down a certain permitted volume of cast shadow for homes: in Flanders, this is a period of a maximum of 8 hours per year, and no longer than 30 minutes per day. Eoly invests extra in its turbines to equip them with a system that continuously monitors the cast shadow and logs all standstills. “In this way, the government can check at all times that we are taking the legislation to heart, and cast shadow is kept to a minimum,” indicates Stephan Windels, Business Unit Manager of Eoly.
As regards noise, the wind turbine will respect the legal noise level of 39 dB(A) in residential areas at night – this corresponds to the sound of whispering in a library. During the day, this is a maximum of 44 dB(A), which corresponds to the sound in a quiet office/work environment. In residential areas situated less than 500 metres from industry, the maximum noise at night is 43 dB(A) and during the day it is 48 dB(A).
Meeting CO2 emission reductions through green (wind) energy
The expected energy production of the turbine corresponds to the annual consumption of 2,500 families. The green power generated will initially be consumed directly on site by the Renika company. The rest of the power will be injected into the grid.
Eoly is a green energy producer and supplier, which is also strongly committed to innovation and research into alternatives and new techniques such as the use of hydrogen. Eoly is making its expertise and experience available to this energy project, from development to operation. The green energy producer and supplier is currently operating 14 onshore wind turbines in Belgium, in addition to numerous solar panels and a cogeneration plant. In this way, Eoly wants to make a meaningful contribution to the growing demand for energy and to achieving the climate objectives, with respect for people and the environment.
Thinking about sustainable projects in the neighbourhood: together we achieve more
Eoly takes the initiative to inform the citizens about the project and organises an information market in the parish hall in the Van Der Moerenstraat in Zele on November 28. The project will be presented by means of maps and photo simulations.
Interested and/or concerned local residents can ask all their questions at this information market to the experts, who want to enter into a constructive dialogue. Stephan Windels adds: “We find it very important to inform people correctly and transparently and are always prepared to enter into dialogue. The experts from Eoly are therefore ready to answer the questions of the local residents. The info market is open continuously from 5 to 8 pm”.
Besides the investment in the wind turbine in Zele, Eoly also wants to invest in landscaping and sustainable projects in the region (construction of walking and cycling paths, nature development, planting of trees and hedges, orchard, park, playground, etc.). The development of a teaching package on sustainable energy for the local primary schools also belongs to the possibilities.
At the information market, there will also be a suggestion box where local residents can give their creative idea or proposal, because we believe that together we can achieve more in the fight against climate change. “Eoly wants to involve people from the neighbourhood more strongly in this way and contribute to making the area more beautiful and sustainable. We would like to work out constructive proposals together in dialogue. Anyone who has suggestions may send them now to firstname.lastname@example.org”, says Stephan Windels from Eoly.
From 15 September, Ath residents were given priority in investing. One month later, on 15 October, the general public was in turn invited to invest in the country’s energy transition.
The capital increase’s target of 4.35 million euro was reached considerably before the scheduled deadline. This success reinforces our belief that more and more people are eager to step up and support the development of renewable energy, thereby sending a clear message to the rest of society.
Past investment rounds convinced many others
Rebaix was Eoly Cooperative‘s first capital increase launch. In 2017, a staggering 1,200 member-owners invested in a wind turbine in Halle. In doing so, they are contributing towards making their environment more sustainable, while also enjoying dividend rights for years to come.