Rentel is the fifth wind farm to be built off the Belgian coast. 'Over the past ten years, wind turbines have become larger and taller, reaching a tip height of up to 200 metres. Our turbines already generate 7.5 megawatts of energy; 8.5 megawatts will be next and devices up to 12 megawatts are in the pipeline. Consequently, wind farms are able to produce more power and are becoming much more efficient, regardless of whether there is little or a lot of wind,' says Nathalie Oosterlinck, CEO of Rentel.
Although Rentel must rely on turbines manufactured abroad, the suppliers and installation companies are mainly Belgian. 'One example is DEME, which is one of our eight shareholders. This marine construction company was responsible for designing and installing the turbine foundations and setting up the turbines. Like the other companies that jumped on the bandwagon ten years ago, DEME exports its knowledge and expertise all over the world, helping to boost Belgium's gross domestic product as a result.'