Offshore Power Grids: mission possible?

In this 45-minute panel discussion, we delved into this topic from both market and technical perspectives, with contributions from TenneT, Gemini Windpark, and DNV.

Achieving net zero emissions by 2050 demands a significant upscale in offshore wind energy. The transition to 359 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 is vital. DNV's Energy Transition Outlook highlights the need for connecting approximately 3000 offshore wind farms globally by 2050. Most of this wind power will be destined for inland demand, necessitating a monumental leap in the development of offshore power grids in terms of power ratings, voltages, and distances.

This mission presents both challenges and opportunities. Key challenges include regulations, technology development, pace of built-up, standardization, integration into the onshore AC grids, expert staffing, supply chain management, risk mitigation, quality assurance, and the long-term performance of these grids. However, it also opens exciting prospects for innovation, efficiency, and environmental sustainability.

In his 45-minute webinar, we discussed challenges and opportunities from both market and technical perspectives, with contributions from Dick Lagerweij (TenneT), Roel Berns (Gemini Windpark), Wessel Bakker (DNV), moderated by Camiel Oremus (DNV).

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