Role of North Sea power transmission in realizing the 2020 renewable energy targets

The project aims at describing and analyzing a plausible stadium 2020 situation for the role of the North Sea which respect to utilization of offshore wind resources and increased subsea power exchange for realization of the 2020 renewable targets.

The base case of the stadium 2020 situation to be drawn will only constitute point-to-point interconnectors and radial connections of offshore wind farms. Additional cases with the inclusions of T-connections to offshore wind farms and oil/gas rigs, and partly meshed grids are analyzed with respect to:

  • Socio-economic benefits and costs of offshore grids
  • Impacts on power system control and market operation
  • Political, regulatory and institutional challenges of investing in T-connections and meshed offshore grid structures

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