Generating increasingly green energy

Generating energy free of CO2: that is the challenge. To achieve this ambitious aim of the energy transition, we need to increase considerably our generation of green energy. In the meantime, a strategic energy mix is our best tool for guaranteeing the security of supply.

1 green energy producer in Belgium
1 green energy producer in Belgium

Developing our renewable energies

ENGIE Electrabel is Belgium’s top producer of green energy. Over the past years we have invested hugely in local renewable energies. In 2015, our 523 MW biomass, wind, hydro and solar capacity produced green energy for 600 000 households. With a portfolio of almost 350 MW offshore and onshore wind capacity, this volume will progressively increase during the coming years.

Renewable energy at ENGIE

Renewable energy at ENGIE

ENGIE is constantly diversifying its power generating base by incorporating sources of renewable energy. The development of these carbon-free technologies is a central challenge within the overall strategy of the Group.

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Wind at ENGIE Electrabel

Wind at ENGIE Electrabel

ENGIE Electrabel has 31 wind farms with 109 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 212 MW.

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Biomass at ENGIE Electrabel

Biomass at ENGIE Electrabel

The 100%-biomass power plants Rodenhuize (Max Green) and Awirs represent a capacity of 285 MW.

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Hydropower at ENGIE Electrabel

Hydropower at ENGIE Electrabel

The 10 river and dam power plants of ENGIE Electrabel are good for an output of 22 MW.

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Solar energy at ENGIE Electrabel

Solar energy at ENGIE Electrabel

The generating facilities of ENGIE Electrabel include 12 photovoltaic plants for industrial customers. They produce 5 MW.

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The energy mix guaranteeing the security of supply

Our priority is to guarantee the security of supply of our customers at a competitive price while reducing our impact on the environment. Our diverse generation facilities comprise gas power plants, nuclear power plants and facilities powered by renewable energies. This complementarity guarantees that electricity is constantly being generated.   

Gas power stations

Gas power stations

Combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants run on natural gas and produce an output of over 56%, which enables them to limit their CO2 emissions.

Belgium is home to 6 of our cogeneration units with industrial customers. These facilities transform 85% of fuel energy into electricity and heat.

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Nuclear power

Nuclear power

Nuclear power has a prominent position in the energy mix. It accounts for 50% of our generation capacity.

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The energy mix

The energy mix

The local energy mix of ENGIE Electrabel consists of renewable energy (wind, biomass, water, sun), gas, nuclear energy and energy storage.

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Storage supporting the development of green energies

Although wind and solar power, our cleanest energies, are renewable and inexhaustible, they are unfortunately dependent on atmospheric conditions. As such, they operate intermittently and not necessarily at the best times. 

As such, to support the development of these energies in the future, we need to come up with ways to store the energy generated to be able to redistribute it according to demand.

Pumped storage

Pumped storage

Th pumped-storage power station is currently the only way to store energy on a large scale. In Belgium, the Coo plant is the cornerstone for maintaining the balance of the grid.

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Power-to-Gas

Power-to-Gas

The Power-to-Gas system transforms surplus electricity into hydrogen or synthetic methane. ENGIE is already testing this process at its Dunkirk site.

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Energy island

Energy island

The offshore energy island concept is similar to that of pumped storage but offshore. This project is currently in its infancy.

An offshore energy island in Belgium?

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