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News & in-depth analysis of offshore wind power and renewable energy markets, power purchase agreements, transmission networks, grids, energy storage, substations, supply interruption and transmission failures.

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WindEurope 2017: Tennet proposes fix for North Sea capacity increase

WindEurope 2017: Tennet proposes fix for North Sea capacity increase

NETHERLANDS: The North Sea Power Hub announced a new member, and transmission system operator (TSO) Tennet presented solutions for increasing the scale of wind farms off the coast of the Netherlands at WindEurope's conference in Amsterdam.

Batteries supplier at Hywind Scotland selected

Batteries supplier at Hywind Scotland selected

UK: Statoil has commissioned energy storage specialist Younicos to deliver a 1MW/1.3MWh battery system to its 30MW Hywind Scotland floating wind project.

Up to 80GW of interconnectivity needed by 2045

Up to 80GW of interconnectivity needed by 2045

EUROPE: A total offshore wind capacity of at least 230GW is needed in northern Europe by 2045 to meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement, according to newly published research.

Belgian high-voltage line completed

Belgian high-voltage line completed

BELGIUM: Transmission system operator (TSO) Elia has inaugurated the 47km, 380kV Stevin line that will transport energy produced by new offshore wind farms to the mainland's grid.

'World's longest DC cable' to connect Denmark and UK

'World's longest DC cable' to connect Denmark and UK

EUROPE: The Danish minister for energy, utilities and climate has approved funding for a power cable, more than 750km long, linking Denmark and the UK.

Tennet signs Borssele grid connection agreement

Tennet signs Borssele grid connection agreement

NETHERLANDS: Tennet will connect the 700MW Borssele III and IV sites in the North Sea to the Dutch mainland.

Bronze Age site found on East Anglia One cable route

Bronze Age site found on East Anglia One cable route

UK: Artefacts dating back as far as the Bronze Age have been discovered during an archaeological dig along the planned route of a 37-kilometre cable for the 714MW East Anglia One project.

In Depth

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

Clearer path ahead under new grid connection rules

Legal uncertainty has played as big a role as technical and financial challenges in holding back the development of offshore wind energy in Germany. We take a close look at the new rules on grid connection liability

Election fever harms offshore wind prospects

With federal elections due in September, Germany's conservative/liberal coalition government has been adopting a wavering approach to renewables policy. Recent proposals to cut the cost of green energy growth have raised fears they will stall renewables expansion