Renewable energy developer Innogy and transmission line operator Tennet are to investigate the potential of linking Europe’s power grids using offshore wind farms.

The companies are exploring whether interconnectors could be used to form a “North Sea Wind Power Hub”.

Mel Kroon, Tennet’s chief executive, said: “Given WindEurope’s forecasts of the planned deployment of up to 70GW offshore wind by 2030, new approaches must be investigated to connect large scale offshore wind to the onshore grids.

“A North Sea Wind Power Hub system supports the deployment of significantly larger volumes of offshore wind.”

‘Trailblazing’ project

Hans Bünting, Chief Operating Officer Renewables of Innogy, added: “Connecting offshore wind projects into an independent transmission system creates the potential to feed into multiple markets.

“The main benefit will be the ability to supply consumers with larger volumes of affordable, predictable and low-carbon offshore wind power well into the future.

“With this research project we become a trailblazer for the whole offshore industry.”

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