RWE is taking part in the Hollandse Kust West (HKW) offshore wind tender.
The company has submitted bids for both HKW site VI and HKW site VII to help the Dutch government meet its ambitious offshore wind build-out target of 21 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. The areas are about 53 kilometers off the Dutch coast in the North Sea. Both sites will have an offshore wind capacity of over 760 megawatts (MW). Furthermore, RWE’s proposed design for HKW site VI aims to have a positive net impact on the North Sea ecosystem, whereas RWE’s concept for HKW site VII is a blueprint for the seamless integration of offshore wind farms into the Dutch energy system, with 600 MW electrolyser capacity onshore and access to storage capacity in the planned onshore hydrogen backbone.
RWE‘s bid for HKW site VI includes innovations to ensure that the offshore wind farm is built and operated in harmony with the environment. RWE’s design concept for HKW VI will reduce negative impacts on flora and fauna – both above and below sea level – while also rewilding the North Sea. RWE also plans to rewild the area by constructing artificial reefs and floating gardens. This will benefit all species, including birds, fish, and sea mammals, by improving habitat and strengthening the food chain.
RWE’s bid also includes an investment in a comprehensive Research & Development (R&D) program with leading partners to drive knowledge leadership in North Sea ecology. These will include leading Dutch universities and research institutes, and will promote local research on innovations and businesses, as well as the creation of numerous new research and PhD positions. RWE also plans to install a comprehensive multi-technology monitoring system at HKW VI, as well as share knowledge widely and freely to enable all offshore wind stakeholders to do as much as possible for the environment – a so-called “living lab.”
Future energy system blueprint
RWE has developed a blueprint for the integration of offshore wind farms into the Dutch energy system in order to address the challenges of matching fluctuating renewable electricity production with flexible demand for energy. The company wants to take a big step forward in offshore wind system integration. RWE will concentrate on combining the HKW VII offshore wind turbine with 600 MW onshore electrolysers for green hydrogen production, supplying hydrogen and electricity to existing and new customers in the Dutch industry. In addition, the company plans to integrate e-boilers for heating, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging solutions. Large portions of the investments will be made in Groningen and Brabant, in close collaboration with local partners.
RWE also intends to speed up the commercialization of new technologies by assisting a large number of innovators and startups in demonstrating their innovations in a real-world setting. The company’s ultimate goal is to perfectly match energy demand to the wind farm’s flexible generation profile, ensuring grid stability.
With more than 40 partners, extensive solutions on system integration and ecology measures, research, and knowledge sharing will be implemented. RWE will also collaborate with universities, applied science educational centers, and vocational schools on knowledge sharing and dissemination.
Other majors have also submitted bids for the Hollandse Kust West, in addition to RWE. The British company bp entered the tender for Sites VI and VII. Ørsted and TotalEnergies joined forces to bid in the tender, along with Shell and Eneco and SSE Renewables and Brookfield.
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