This latest video shows the Aeolus with a new, larger crane, enabling the ship to handle the largest wind turbines to date.
The Aeolus is probably the most advanced offshore wind-turbine installation ship in the world today. German-built, Dutch owned, this ship is able to install a monopile for the latest 10-12 MW wind turbines within 24 hours. If we would add two days for the installation of the tower, nacelle and blades and assume that a simple, much cheaper barge would deliver all these parts at sea, eliminating the need for the expensive Aeolus to fetch these part from the port itself, we arrive at a hypothetical installation capacity of 100 MW per month or 1.2 GW per year. The Netherlands consumes on average 13 GW electricity 24/7/365. That is 11 years installation time. However, even these large turbines have a capacity factor of 60%, so 13 GW real installation (ignoring storage issues), with 6 MW per 10 MW nameplate turbine or 60 MW/month of 720 MW/year, would require 18 years installation time.
Think about it, a single ship is (in theory) able to replace the entire fossil fuel-based power production capacity of a country like the Netherlands, with a population of 17 million, that has the highest electricity consumption per capita in the entire EU, in 18 years time. As a rule of thumb, multiply this with a factor of 2 in order to create a truly renewable energy base, powering everything, including transport and space heating, with heat pumps.
One ship, the Netherlands, 36 years.
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