- July 11, 2019
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Western European utilities and the Port of Rotterdam have banded together and proposed the building of ten manmade energy islands to serve as wind power hubs as EU countries strive to achieve renewable energy and climate change goals while boosting economic activity, according to an industry news report.
Utilities Energinet, Gasunie, TenneT and the Port of Rotterdam number among the creators of the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) consortium. The proposed artifical island offshore wind power hubs they envision would serve Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands and play an important part in fueling the countries' low-carbon energy transition, the news report highlights.
Sharing the costs and capitalizing on the benefits of the island-based offshore wind energy hubs internationally makes better sense economically and operationally, according to feasibility studies the consortium carried out. They're calling on governments to change regulations to permit construction.
"The North Sea holds a large potential for offshore wind power," according to consortium members. If realized, the proposed project could support generation and transmission of 180 gigawatts (GW) of emissions-free electrical power by 2045.
In addition to offshore electricity transmission infrastructure, the project plan includes installing electricity-to-hydrogen as an energy storage medium capable of improving the performance and economics of the offshore wind energy hubs.