The Dutch government has awarded a €2m grant to a ‘plug socket’ project aimed at harmonising European offshore wind interconnector technologies.
Currently, individual countries each have their own independent electricity infrastructure. By combining these infrastructures via interconnector cable routes, offshore wind generation can be made flexibly available to countries with a demand at that moment. The expectation is that the cost price of offshore wind power will fall, according to Dutch engineering company Grontmij, the project coordinator.
The other project partners are Nuon/Vattenfall, Liandon, ECN, RoyalHaskoningDHV, Groningen Centre of Energy Law at the University of Groningen, Delft University of Technology, DC Offshore and Energy Solutions.
Between now and December 2017, the consortium will investigate the feasibility of an innovative electricity infrastructure in the North Sea. It will examine technical solutions, changes to international legislation and regulations and new financing models, Grontmij said in a statement today, 7 January.