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The wind farm Egmond aan Zee is the first large wind farm built in the North Sea near the Dutch shore. The 36 wind turbines supply renewable electricity for more than 100,000 Dutch households.
The wind farm was built by the construction combination Egmond. This is a joint venture between Ballast Nedam and the Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas. Both companies have extensive experience in offshore wind energy.
It starts with the wind turning the blades, or rotor blades. These rotor blades are attached to the main shaft. The rotational movement is sped up in a gearbox. The main shaft drives the generator.