King opens Blue Energy plant on Afsluitdijk

King Willem-Alexander opened a plant in which electricity is generated by mixing fresh and salt water on the Afsluitdijk on Wednesday. This is a pilot plant and a new form of power generation.

The ultimate aim is to use the plant to generate 200 megawatts of energy, enough for five hundred thousand households. Electricity is generated by mixing fresh and salt water and then separating it again with a membrane.

The pilot plant is an initiative of the company Redstack in Sneek, Wetsus in Leeuwarden and Fujifilm, a membrane supplier.

The Afsluitdijk is an ideal place for the plant due to the presence of salt water from the Wadden Sea and sweet water from IJsselmeer.

Source: Dagblad van het Noorden