Posters - WindEurope Annual Event 2024

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We would like to invite you to come and see the posters at our upcoming conference. The posters will showcase a diverse range of research topics, and will give delegates an opportunity to engage with the authors and learn more about their work. Whether you are a seasoned researcher or simply curious about the latest developments in your field, we believe that the posters will offer something of interest to everyone. So please join us at the conference and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and engage with your peers in the academic community. We look forward to seeing you there!

PO129: Spatial planning is key to offshore wind system integration

Rahul Gopakumar, Engineering manager, Statkraft


Offshore wind is expected to be the primary renewable energy resource towards 2050. Countries with northern seacoast aim to install 380GW of offshore wind capacity. Countries include Norway, Sweden, UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and France. Power grid infrastructure development in mainland Europe will highly depend on system integration of offshore wind power. Power flows in future grid will be led by offshore wind parks which dictates system integration solutions at the landing zones. System integration should include creation of flexibility, demand response and expansion of interconnection near the landing zones of offshore wind. Industrial electrification will drive the integration of offshore power into the energy mix. Industrial electrification solutions anticipated for system integration are: * Power-to-hydrogen * Power-to-heat * Utility scale batteries Government agencies must take spatial planning as priority to realize a successful integration of offshore wind and integration solutions. Spatial planning must account for guidelines below: * Re-use spaces which currently house fossil fuel powered energy production or consumption for the future energy system. This shall include locations of existing coal power plants, gas pipelines. * Offshore wind landing areas must be in the vicinity of industrial clusters. * Utility-scale batteries are expected to be installed for maintaining balance in the high-voltage grid. Batteries require power to charge and give current as they discharge. * Network operators and municipalities are expected to make agreements about the roll-out of batteries in the coming years. This will result in sharper location policy and design principles for batteries around HV sub-stations. * Electrolyzers and power-to-heat units are also expected in the vicinity of HV sub stations. The presence of batteries will help electrolyzers at times of high electricity prices. * New energy developments must include consideration of living environment for a growing population. Vital infrastructure must account for keeping track of pollution in water and soil.

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