Sep 13 (Renewables Now) - Dutch gas grid operator Gasunie will join the consortium that wants to develop the North Sea Wind Power Hub, it was announced today.
The concept is to construct one or more artificial islands in the central North Sea and connect lots of wind turbines to them. The hub will be able to support 100 GW of offshore wind farms and will be connected to the countries bordering the North Sea, simultaneously serving as an interconnector, the partners say.
Netherlands-headquartered transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT Holding BV presented the idea about the hub in June last year. So far the consortium included TSOs in the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany -- TenneT TSO BV, Energinet.dk and TenneT TSO GmbH.
Gasunie will make a contribution in an area that is expected to be an important part of the North Sea Wind Power Hub -- converting power into hydrogen. This will allow the electricity generated by the wind farms to be stored in the form of gas and then sent to the shore through the existing offshore gas infrastructure.