North Sea offshore wind brings 12.4% more power to Germany in 2020

The BorWin1 HVDC station in the German North Sea. Source: Overdick

January 22 (Renewables Now) - Around 22.76 TWh of electricity from offshore wind farms in the German North Sea has been transmitted onshore by TenneT in 2020, a year-on-year increase of 12.4% and a new record.

This volume would be enough to power seven million homes, the transmission system operator (TSO) said.

Wind turbines in the North Sea accounted for 17.2% of Germany’s total wind power output of 132.32 TWh. This also included 4.13 TWh from wind parks in the Baltic Sea, where TSO 50Hertz is in charge. 

TenneT's offshore transmission capacity in the German North Sea has reached 7.13 GW. The maximum value of the offshore wind feed-in capacity last year was measured on January 2 at 6.04 GW. By 2030 Germany aims to have 20 GW of offshore wind and TenneT will be responsible for connecting 17 GW of that. In its overview of 2020, the TSO points out that the power grid will not be the only tool to distribute the “ever-growing addition of renewables” in the future. Power-to-X technologies, including the use of electrolisers for hydrogen production, and sector coupling will limit the grid expansion.

“We especially have to think very broadly about hydrogen and its integration into the energy system, much broader than before, and take an overarching, systemic approach. A key success factor will be the intelligent coupling of the different sectors and a coordinated expansion of the gas and electricity infrastructure,” said TenneT CEO Tim Meyerjürgens.

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