European TSOs launch initiative for standardised offshore grids

In: Windfarms
Seven European Transmission System Operators (TSOs) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the launch of Eurobar, an initiative for interconnecting offshore wind platforms across Europe.

The aim of Eurobar is to efficiently and securely integrate offshore wind power into the European power grid, starting from current regulation and projects (e.g. point-to-point connections) and prospectively evolving to an interlinked offshore network or “busbar alike system”. The concept is modular and is designed to be implemented autonomously by international partners. In that regard, striving for international standardisation of interfaces and technology is key.

Eurobar aims to support Europe and its TSOs in the secure and efficient connection of offshore wind farms by striving for standardisation of interfaces and technology, reducing the environmental impact as well as interconnecting offshore wind clusters. Thus, the Eurobar initiative’s mission is to develop and implement a joint approach for offshore infrastructure systems connecting the future offshore capacities to Europe’s transmission system. Moreover, it follows the idea that interfaces will be standardised for the upcoming generation of offshore connection technologies, making them “offshore grid ready”. The parties highlight that these measures can be taken step-by-step and will be implemented when economically sound and technically needed.

TSOs which signed the MoU include 50Hertz Transmission GmbH (Germany), Affärsverket svenska kraftnät (Sweden), Amprion GmbH (Germany), RED ELÉCTRICA DE ESPAÑA (Spain), Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (France),
Statnett SF (Norway), Terna - Rete Elettrica Nazionale Società per Azioni S.p.A. (Italy).

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