Zeebrugge windmills to charge Tesla cars
The port of Zeebrugge will install eleven windmills with a total capacity of 44 megawatts. The wind farm costs 50 million euros and keeps 50.000 tons of CO2 out of the air every year. The electricity generated will be used, among other things, to charge the 100.000 electric cars that arrive each year.
Since the beginning of this year, the ICO terminal has had an average of ten car ships carrying Tesla cars every quarter. They each have 3.500 to 5.000 Tesla cars onboard. Zeebrugge is the European import port for Tesla cars from the US to 14 European countries.
The windmill park will be the largest onshore wind project on one industrial site in Flanders, operated by one operator. The wind farm is a collaboration between the energy company Engie, the port of Zeebrugge, and ICO. ICO is a private company that operates the largest car terminal in the world in the port. Engie has already built 308 charging stations at the ICO terminal to provide the cars with electricity, the largest electric ‘loading island’ in Belgium.
With this type of project, the port of Zeebrugge wants to use more renewable energy. The addition of these wind turbines to the Zeebrugge network will bring the total production capacity to 130 megawatts. “This will enable the coastal port to supply power to 90.000 families,” says port leader Joachim Coens.