North Sea region energy system towards 2050: integrated offshore grid and sector coupling drive offshore wind power installations

Matti Koivisto*, Juan Gea-Bermudez, Polyneikis Kanellas, Kaushik Das, Poul Sørensen

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Abstract

This paper analyses several energy system scenarios towards 2050 for the North Sea region. With a focus on offshore wind power, the impacts of meshed offshore grid and sector coupling are studied. First, a project-based scenario, where each offshore wind power plant is connected individually to the onshore power system, is compared to a meshed grid scenario. Both the amount of offshore wind power installed and the level of curtailment are assessed. Then, these results are compared to a scenario with sector coupling included. The results show that while the introduction of a meshed grid can increase the amount of offshore wind power installed towards 2050, sector coupling is expected to be a more important driver for increasing offshore wind power installations. In addition, sector coupling can significantly decrease the level of offshore wind curtailment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWind Energy Science
Volume5
Pages (from-to)1705-1712
Number of pages8
ISSN2366-7443
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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