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Amazon, Crosswind Seal Deal on Wind Power Project

Amazon has sealed a deal with The Crosswind for the development of largest renewable energy project that will allow it to purchase 380 megawatts (MW) of wind energy.

The CrossWind is a consortium made up of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and Mitsubishi subsidiary Eneco.

The Hollandse Kust Noord, a wind farm when completed, will supply the power through a project known as the Amazon-Shell HKN Offshore Wind Project.

A news report sourced from indicated that the project, which will have a total capacity of 759 MW, generating at least 3.3 TWh per year and currently undergoing development, is not expected to be completed until 2023.

It would be recalled that last summer, Eneco said that the wind project would contribute to the “Dutch energy transition”, as under the deal, Amazon will purchase about half of the windfarm’s available capacity.

Already, as a commitment to its environment-friendly operations, Amazon has aims to be 100% renewable within the next four years.

According to the news report, the announcement this week piggybacks last week’s press release that spoke of Bezos’ exit from CEO impressive 2020 financial numbers. But the press release included little about the giant’s impact on the climate.

Forbes detailed last month that in 2020, Amazon’s emissions increased by 15% over the previous year, with the total carbon emitted rising to 51.1 million tons.

Wind farms are notoriously sporadic, producing electricity not in even measure but with peaks and valleys.

By its design, the Hollandse Kust Noord project will include a floating solar park, short-term battery storage, turbines tuned to the network so they don’t interfere with each other, and green hydrogen as a storage technique.

The combination of which the consortium hopes will provide more continuous power supply, North American WindPower reported last year.

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