Dutch grid operator proposes North Sea low carbon energy hub

Dutch grid operator TenneT has unveiled its futuristic vision of an island in the North Sea surrounded by wind farms. It could deliver more low carbon power to European nations […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Dutch grid operator TenneT has unveiled its futuristic vision of an island in the North Sea surrounded by wind farms.

It could deliver more low carbon power to European nations and help the EU meet its emission targets.

The proposal is based on an island with a modular structure which is connected to 30GW of offshore wind capacity.

The electricity generated from the wind would be distributed through cables to countries such as the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Germany and Denmark.

The firm hasn’t revealed an estimated price for the project but said the ideal location for it would be Dogger Bank, a sandbank area off the east coast of England.

The hub could be built between 2030 and 2050, it added.

TenneT CEO Mel Kroon said: “The success of the energy transition depends largely on the extent to which we mount a co-ordinated joint effort in Europe. Co-operation between national governments, regulators, the offshore wind industry, national grid administrators and nature and environmental organisations is a pre-condition for achieving Europe’s environmental targets. The vision we have presented shows the relevance of co-operation in the North Sea.”