Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?
Highlighting research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes
What is the aim of this project?
The North Sea Wind Power Hub project aims to investigate the technical and business potential of installing a 30 GW wind power hub in the North Sea. The consortium’s aim is to facilitate the large-scale roll-out and integration of North Sea offshore wind power at least cost to society while maintaining security of supply, as part of North Sea countries’ urgent and massive transition to low-carbon energy.
How could this technology be explained to a high school student?
The hub-and-spoke concept behind this project is a way of integrating large shares of offshore wind energy into the wider regional energy system, step by step. Wind power will be collected by offshore transmission hubs and brought to shore via high-capacity export cables. These cables will be connected in a smart and co-ordinated manner to onshore grids at locations with minimal impact on existing grid capacity.
What is the value of this project for society?
At what stage of development is this project?
The project began in 2017 and released its first findings in February 2019. Results suggest that the proposed concept is technically feasible. A gradual roll-out of 10 GW to 15 GW hubs is the next logical step towards large-scale offshore wind farm construction. A first hub-and-spoke project could be operating in the 2030s.
What government policies could bring this from the lab to the market?
An industrial driven and initiatied project
About the Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Fuel Cells (AFC TCP)
Created in 1990, the AFC TCP seeks to make a significant contribution to address the opportunities and barriers to fuel cell commercialisation by fostering the development of fuel cell technologies and their application on an international basis, and conveying key messages to policy makers and the wider community as appropriate.
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