Energy project Achterhoek speeding up


 The unique hydroelectric power station in the dam at Doesburg can count on substantial financial support from the central government in The Netherlands. Deepwater Energy, the company behind the power station, is granted funding within the framework of the so-called Stimuleringsregeling Duurzame Energie (SDE/incentive arrangements for the promotion of sustainable energy). With this subsidy the future of the project is assured.


With the so-called SDE-subsidies the national government promotes the generation of clean and sustainable energy. Sustainable energy is better for the environment, reduces the dependence of The Netherlands on fossil fuels and is good for the economy. So far the focus was mainly on solar panels, wind energy and renewable heat from e.g. bio mass. With the awarded SDE subsidy for the hydroelectric power station in Doesburg the generation of energy with the help of hydroelectric power now also gets the attention it deserves.  



SDE-subsidies create a level playing field and a fair and more market independent competition between renewable energy and fossil energy. Now that the subsidy for ‘Doesburg’ has been awarded and finalised, Deepwater energy will start working out and fine-tuning all details with all parties involved in the realisation of the project. The SDE subsidy financially assures the future of the project and facilitates a fast move ahead. 


Important stakeholders of the project in Doesburg are Waterschap Rijn IJssel, the Doesburg municipality, the province of Gelderland, BT Projects and recently the Rijn and IJssel Energy Cooperation (REIJE). This spring the members of this cooperation decided to adopt the project at the Doesburg barrage. With Deepwater energy as the project’s director the consortium of companies and organisations behind the hydroelectric power station in Doesburg expect to finish the project ‘ready to use’ in 2018. 


Fish friendly

The hydroelectric power station in Doesburg distinguishes itself from other similar projects with the fish friendliness of its machinery. Older, less fish friendly hydroelectric power stations sometimes cause a fish mortality of as much as 25%. The Oryon Watermill, developed by Deepwater Energy, represents the new generation hydroelectric power turbines. The Doesburg project will soon be generating renewable electricity for approximately 500 houses/households.