Parkwind roots stretch back as far as 1990 when the Colruyt Group launched the Greenline ecology program which included the reduction of energy consumption amongst other sustainability initiatives. This eventually evolved into the vision to become energy auto-sufficient resulting in the first wind turbine being installed at the Dassenveld DC in 1997.

The green energy ambitions didn’t stop there. As the first offshore wind farm projects demonstrated that the technology is ready and when Belgium leaped forward to create the now completed ‘offshore development zone’, the Colruyt Group was determined to take the leap of faith and pursue their sustainability vision with offshore wind. Having created Eoly, the onshore wind entity, offshore was the natural yet bold next step. This was uncharted territory.

In 2004, as part of a consortium called “Eldepasco”, the Colruyt Group and partners applied for the Northwind concession, which was awarded in 2006 and eventually completed in 2013. Eldepasco was named after its four initiators: Electrawinds, DEPret, ASpiravi and Colruyt. Each of these project partners were already active in the renewable energy sector.

The opportunity to accelerate the offshore ambition came in 2009 when the Colruyt Group agreed to step into the already developed Belwind project. Completed in 2010, it became the first offshore wind energy milestone creating the momentum that led to the founding of Parkwind in 2012. Today we stand behind four Belgian wind farms as well as numerous international projects such as Arcadis Ost I (DE) and Oriel (IRL).

Discover our timeline below.


The Belgian federal government designates an offshore wind energy development zone as a first major step towards its renewable energy goals becoming one of Europe's leading nations in offshore wind. In 2004, as part of a consortium called “Eldepasco”, the Colruyt Group and partners applied for the Northwind concession.


The Northwind concession is awarded to Colruyt Group and partners and the project is constructed in 2013.


The Colruyt Group, Korys and PMV take over the lead of the financially troubled Belwind project (one of the several concessions created in 2004). The wind farm construction starts the same year putting numerous engineering and installation techniques to the test for the first time.


The first Belwind turbines go online.


The Colruyt Group, Korys and PMV create Parkwind N.V. grouping all the offshore wind energy activities of the three shareholders.


Northwind is completed and starts supplying the Belgian grid with green energy.


Parkwind's 3rd wind farm Nobelwind (initially a section of the Belwind concession) starts production. This same year Parkwind entered Ireland with Oriel and started to develop Northwester 2, our fourth Belgian project.


The Colruyt Group, Parkwind and Fluxys create a venture called Hyoffwind with the intent to further explore the potential of industrial scale green hydrogen generation. The same year, Parkwind wins the competitive tender process in Germany for its Arcadis Ost 1 windfarm.


Parkwind enters agreement with ESB to jointly develop the Oriel and Clogherhead projects. Arcadis Ost 1 announces a revolutionary floating installation method.

The same year Parkwind becomes 100% owned by Virya Energy whose shareholders are the Colruyt Group and Korys. Other renewable energy holdings from Virya include Eurowatt and Eoly Energy.


Northwester 2 is completed. It is equipped with the world's most powerful commercially available 9,5 MW turbines at the time and is completed on time during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Parkwind continues to pursue its global expansion by entering projects in Asia, Norway and Scotland.

Arcadis Ost 1 reaches financial close.


JERA becomes Parkwind’s shareholder, strengthening Parkwind's international offshore development portfolio.

Parkwind reaches 1GW of installed capacity with Arcadis Ost 1.


Maarten van der Horst

Head of Projects

Maarten joined Parkwind and more specifically the Oriel project team in early 2021. He brings 17 years of experience in the energy industry having worked at Engie's renewables arm first as an engineer, later as offshore specialist.


Wim Verrept

IT Services Manager

He joined Parkwind in 2016 as risk manager, during the installation phase of Nobelwind. Since then his responsibilities have expanded to include IT and the QHSSE department. Before joining the company, he worked as a risk manager at large financial institution in Belgium.


Ingrid Dony

HR Manager

Ingrid joined Parkwind in 2013 and manages the Human Resources department. Her expertise in corporate HR has created the foundations in Parkwind’s evolving and rapidly growing employee and consultant base. Her team manages everything from payroll to employee development and communications. She has been instrumental in preparing the organization for international expansion and the digitalization of numerous HR legal and administrative tools.


Dirk Dewettinck

Head of R&D

At Parkwind since 2015 he manages the engineering resources involved in project development, design and construction. He was closely involved in the technical management of the Nobelwind and Northwester 2 projects. Prior to joining Parkwind, he was involved in other offshore wind projects, working for a major wind turbine supplier, and prior to that he worked for more than 15 years with major engineering contractors in projects around the world, mainly in the conventional power generation construction and services (steam, gas, nuclear).


Clément Helbig de Balzac

Project Director Arcadis Ost 1

Joining Parkwind in 2011 as a project finance specialist and he was heavily involved in the financing and construction of Northwind and Nobelwind. Thereafter, as project finance manager, he led the financing process of Northwester 2 and the refinancing of three operational offshore wind farms of the Parkwind portfolio. He is also involved in business development projects for his expertise lies in financing processes, construction contract negotiation, contracting strategy and development and construction management.


Edward Van Melkebeek

Head of Technology

Since joining Parkwind in 2018, he has been leading the Technology team responsible for leveraging Parkwind’s know-how in civil, electrical and WTG packages to development of new projects. The team also performs a supply chain role, managing technical aspects of project contracts. Previously, he has built extensive practical and managerial experience in the offshore construction business for over 22 years at a global leading dredging and offshore contractor strongly active in the offshore wind industry.


Mathias Van Steenwinkel

Business Development Manager

He joined Parkwind in 2012 working on financial modelling, PPA negotiations and the overall financial close processes. Since 2016, he is heading the growing business development department playing a key role in the identification of new projects, global partnerships and tender preparations.


Kristof Verlinden

O&M Manager

With Parkwind since 2010, he is responsible for the asset management and production management of all of Parkwind’s offshore operational assets. The O&M organization plays a pivotal role in project development incorporating strategic insight to ensure frictionless O&M operations from the moment of first production. The team also supplies external support services, is involved in numerous R&D initiatives with universities and wind farm performance analysis using state of the art data systems. Kristof joined Parkwind with an engineering background in international service support business and wind turbine driveline design validation.


Pieter Marinus

General Counsel and Investment Relations Director

As a former Parkwind board member, he has been involved in the financial close and follow-up of every Parkwind project as well as in their acquisition and divestment processes. Prior to joining Parkwind’s management in 2017, he was also in charge of multiple other renewable energy investments and financings around Europe, notably as Investment Director at Korys.


Peter Caluwaerts

Head of Engagement Management

After years of building extensive experience in large construction works, he started his career in offshore wind in 2010 by taking up the role of CLO of Parkwind, responsible for regulatory, legal and contracting matters for Belwind and Northwind windfarms. Since then, as Project Director, he’s led the Northwester 2 project completed in 2020 and is now responsible for Parkwind’s Irish projects Oriel and Clogherhead. He plays an instrumental role in organizing Parkwind’s international expansion and growth.


Eric Antoons


Before joining the company in 2013, he worked for one of the largest power and gas suppliers in Belgium, in both operational and executive functions. Joining Parkwind in 2013 as COO, he supervised the construction of three wind farm projects and the considerable growth of O&M activities. Since becoming co-CEO in 2016, he has also developed Parkwind’s R&D activities to the forefront partnering with universities and several technology start-ups.


François Van Leeuw


He joined Parkwind as CFO in 2009 and has been leading the financing and development of Parkwind's first wind farms. In his role he’s particularly involved in new business and partnership development for Parkwind globally. He is also serving as the chairman of the Belgian Offshore Platform, the non-profit association of investors and owners of Belgian wind farms.


Paul Tummers


Arriving to Parkwind in 2019, after a broad career in energy and infrastructure, he has taken a leading role in Parkwind’s international expansion from both corporate finance and organizational restructuring.