News about the project
September 2018: Newsletter September 2018
May 2018: Newsletter May 2018
13 September 2017: Gasunie to join North Sea Wind Power Hub consortium
23 March 2017: Three TSOs sign agreement on North Sea Wind Power Hub
Events and consultations
WindEurope Conference 2018
At the WindEurope Conference at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg 27 September 2018 the consortium hosted a consultation session to update key stakeholders on important developments since the previous consultation session during WindEurope in Amsterdam last year. Since then the consortium partners have worked effortlessly to address some fundamental commercial, economics, technical and legal aspects of the NSWPH project.
During the WindEurope event at the 27 September 2018 we discussed the first observations on the spatial challenges in relation to the large-scale Offshore Wind roll-out in the North Sea and the need for co-utilization if we want to reach the Paris climate goals on decarbonisation. In addition also first observations were shared about possible benefits of hub as an island based on research done by TNO/ECN. Finally, Roland Berger presented interim results of the study done for the European Commission to identify concrete hybrid projects within the North Sea Offshore Energy Clusters initiative. The Global wind Summit is was an excellent opportunity to re-connect, share exciting new study results and jointly discuss the way forward.
Meeting with environmental stakeholders
The consortium meet 25 October in Brussels with a group of environmental stakeholders, primarily NGO’s from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. The consortium met separately with Danish environmental NGO’s 8 November. The purpose of these meetings was to discuss the recent environmental pre-screening and first observations of a spatial study commissioned by the consortium. The environmental pre-screening provides perspectives on environmental effects of a potential hub and spoke project within the Dogger Bank and designated Natura2000 areas and the spatial study shows possible locations in the North Sea region where OWFs can be developed including a first estimation of the levelized cost of energy (LCoE) of possible locations, while seeking to take also adaptation cost of encountering other user functions into account (LCoE-R). The consortium sees these two studies as part of exploring and developing a potential North Sea Wind Power Hub.
The consortium is exploring several potential locations for a possible first hub and spoke project both on and outside the Dogger Bank and Natura 2000. The group of environmental stakeholders strongly encouraged the consortium to carry out a broader and deeper analysis that i.a. should include the entire North Sea (also deeper waters and a perspective for floating wind turbines), assess various hub solutions (not only as a sand-filled island but also jacket and floating structures) and integrate research institutes and universities. Stakeholders requested improved transparency and engagement from the consortium and offered and expressed an interest in discussing and scoping additional analyses. This offer was well-received and appreciated by the consortium.
WindEurope Conference 2017
At the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam 29 November 2017 the consortium held a first consultation session with invited market stakeholders to discuss preliminary studies and findings on the vision of a North Sea Wind Power Hub combining mass scale offshore wind farms and interconnectors.