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Tennet unveils new Dutch connection

Tennet unveils new Dutch connection

NETHERLANDS: Transmission system operator (TSO) Tennet is working on a 380kV high-voltage transmission line to help transport electricity from North Sea wind farms to cities in the north of the country.

Grid operators plan wind-to-gas pilot

Grid operators plan wind-to-gas pilot

GERMANY: Three electricity and gas grid operators have unveiled a plan to build a 100MW wind power-to-gas pilot plant in Lower Saxony, northern Germany.

UK to tender 2.5GW of transmission links

UK to tender 2.5GW of transmission links

UK: Energy regulator Ofgem will tender the ownership of the electricity transmission links for three wind farms in development off the coast of the UK.

Wind 'could hit 900GW by 2023'

Wind 'could hit 900GW by 2023'

WORLDWIDE: Faster commissioning of Chinese transmission lines and larger auction volumes could help boost capacity growth by nearly a quarter over the next five years, according to a new report.

Updated: Triton Knoll onshore cabling work begins

Updated: Triton Knoll onshore cabling work begins

UK: Construction work has started on the onshore cable routes for the 860MW Triton Knoll wind farm to be built off England's east coast.

JDR Cables awarded Hornsea Two contract

JDR Cables awarded Hornsea Two contract

UK: JDR Cables will supply and connect some of the inter-array cables at ├śrsted's Hornsea Project Two, which is being built off the Yorkshire coast in the north-east of the country.

China's first offshore HVDC line planned

China's first offshore HVDC line planned

CHINA: Power China Huadong Engineering Corporation is planning a 1.1GW project that will include the country's first high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system for offshore wind.

In Depth

Offshore wind more valuable than onshore in some areas

UNITED STATES: In densely populated regions such as the north-east, the proximity to major cities adds value to offshore wind projects, according to a new report.

Simplifying and lightening offshore turbines with compressed air energy storage

WORLDWIDE: Well-proven equipment and machinery can be deployed for the fast development of CAES-equipped wind turbines.

STX offers modular offshore substations

FRANCE: Maritime construction group STX France has launched a new modular design for offshore substations it said could cut energy costs by reducing delivery times, capital expenditure and operational costs.

Analysis: Siemens' radical substation plan

GERMANY: Siemens announced new significant potential for cost saving in grid technology for offshore wind at the EWEA Offshore conference and exhibition in Copenhagen last week.

Cabling standards hold key to cutting costs

The offshore wind sector is under significant pressure to reduce costs. One of the sectors where large savings could be made is the offshore electricity transmission network. We assess the contribution the German offshore network plan will make

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