Energy consultancy DNV GL said Tuesday been selected by the UK’s National Grid ESO to lead a national offshore wind grid development project, Kallanish Energy reports.
The so-called Offshore Wind Coordination project will review and recommend ways to improve how offshore wind farms are connected to the UK onshore transmission network.
DNV will assess the viability of a coordinated approach to ensuring wind turbines, substations and cables are connected to the UK grid safely and effectively. This assessment will cover available technologies, technical and regulatory obstacles and solutions, develop off- and onshore grid designs and study implications on power system security and stability.
As part of its emissions reductions targets, the UK government has committed to installing 40 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity by 2030. The country is currently the world’s largest offshore wind market, totalling 10.4 GW of installed capacity, according to recent figures from the World Forum Offshore Wind.
“Offshore transmission and distribution grids need to be capable of supporting the increasing supply of clean electricity from offshore wind projects and help the UK meet its decarbonization plans,” said Prajeev Rasiah, vp North Europe, Middle East & Africa at DNV GL.
“The Offshore Coordination Project is a vital venture which will create many lessons learnt and may help to develop an industry standard approach to benefit not just the UK but also other countries,” added Rasiah.
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