The German offshore wind industry has called on the government to consider an “efficient” levy system to expand the country’s offshore wind capacity to support its green transition.
Industry associations BWE, BWO, VDMA, WAB and the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation, said offshore wind power has a key role to play in the country’s National Hydrogen Strategy (NHS), Kallanish Energy reports.
Around 3 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity has been planned to support green hydrogen production in Germany. “Since direct electrification is not technically or economically feasible in all sectors, synthetic energy sources based on renewable energies are an indispensable element in achieving climate targets,” the organizations said in a statement Friday.
To deliver the offshore wind capacity in the domestic hydrogen strategy, “an incentive system with efficient levy and redistribution mechanisms must be developed to bring about a rapid market ramp-up for green hydrogen,” they said.
“Additional areas must be pre-investigated and put out to tender as quickly as possible,” they added, noting that the first two sites for power-to-x projects have been allocated an area in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. The award procedure for these areas should begin in 2021.
The offshore wind industry defends that the potential in the North and Baltic Seas “is not yet exhausted,” with available areas and free grid capacities of 1,860 megawatts that could be allocated at short notice.
“If the right course is set now, these will not only make a significant contribution to the sustainable economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis but will also contribute greatly to achieving the climate targets and security of supply during the energy transition,” the associations noted.
Germany plans to have 20GW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2030 and 40GW by 2040.
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