innogyand Dutch TSO TenneT have signed a Letter of Intent to investigate theopportunities and challenges of offshore wind cross-border interconnectorsacross the North Sea.
The parties will initially investigate feasible design options, the economicrationale, and the regulatory and market requirements of such a combinedand international infrastructure.
This investigation will aim to build on the knowledge of previous studiesand the latest successes on cost reduction in offshore wind. It will particularlyfocus on the opportunities for the large scale deployment of offshore windin the North Sea, further off coast. innogy and TenneT will pool theirexperience and insight to establish the practical benefits of differentapproaches to building the infrastructure.
TenneT”s CEO Mel Kroon says: “Given WindEurope”s forecasts of theplanned deployment of up to 70GW offshore wind by 2030, new approachesmust be investigated to connect large scale offshore wind to the onshoregrids. A North Sea Wind Power Hub system supports the deployment of significantlylarger volumes of offshore wind. The cooperation with innogy offers usa perfect opportunity to investigate such new approaches.”
innogy Renewables COO Hans Bünting says: “Research and developmentis crucial to bring renewable generation to the next level. Connectingoffshore wind projects into an independent transmission system createsthe potential to feed into multiple markets. The main benefit will be theability to supply consumers with larger volumes of cheap, predictable andlow carbon offshore wind power well into the future. With this researchproject we become a trailblazer for the whole offshore industry.”
TenneT has alsojoined forces with Vattenfall to examine the feasibility of a possibleconnection between the electricity infrastructure of a Dutch and a Britishoffshore wind farm and the advantages this offers for the electricity tradebetween the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The Swedish energy company Vattenfall and the Dutch-German network operatorTenneT will investigate the technical feasibility, the advantages and thechallenges in the area of â€‹â€‹legislation and regulations of a possiblecross-border electricity connection (interconnector) between an offshorestation in the designated IJmuidenVer windfarm area, and an offshore station of Vattenfall in British waters.
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