In 2019, transmission system operator TenneT exceeded the German government’s
2020 expansion targets for North Sea wind power transmission capacity.
TenneT's current total of twelve operating offshore grid connection systems
for the transmission of wind energy from the German North Sea to land alone
now deliver a total capacity of 7,132 MW. The federal government’s target
for the North Sea and Baltic Sea for 2020 was 6,500 MW.
"We are pleased that we have already achieved the goal set by the
federal government ahead of schedule," said TenneT Managing Director
Tim Meyerjürgens, "and with the three other offshore grid connections
currently being implemented, we will be capable of delivering 10,000 megawatts
of transmission capacity from the North Sea in 2025 in Germany alone. We
are pushing ahead with grid expansion on land just as rigorously, because
this holistic approach is the key to a successful energy transition.”
The wind energy transmitted from the North Sea by TenneT reached a new
record in 2019, with 20.21 TWh. This would be enough to cover the annual
consumption of more than six million households. The 2019 result exceeded
the previous year's value (16.75 TWh) by 20.7 percent. Measured against
Germany’s total wind output (122.07 TWh, offshore and onshore counted
together), the North Sea wind power yield achieved a share of 16.6 percent
"We also successfully put our first offshore grid connection into
operation in the Netherlands in 2019. By 2023 we will develop the connected
load there to 3,500 megawatts. In addition, we are advancing our 'green
projects' and innovations in order to achieve the climate targets we are
aiming for in Germany and Europe,” said Meyerjürgens.
From the end of 2020, NordLink
will for the first time connect the electricity markets of Germany and
Norway directly with one another, and link German wind energy with Norwegian
hydropower in a mutual exchange. Together with partners in the automotive
industry, TenneT is currently looking at test runs to store and exchange
electricity between electric cars and the grid.
TenneT is also investigating how may it be possible to cover Central Europe’s
electricity demand using wind energy alone. TenneT has developed the idea
of North Sea Wind Power Hubs, which will open up to 180 HW of offshore
wind energy by 2045 and simultaneously better interconnect the grids of
the countries bordering on the North Sea.
“Together with our European partners, we are pursuing a modular, step-by-step
approach, which will later include a combination with power-to-gas systems.
This is not science fiction: A first hub with a capacity of 10 to 15 gigawatts
could go into operation in the early 2030s,” said Meyerjürgens.
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