News Update September 2018 #2
The North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) is a vision that contributes significantly to the efficient development of renewable energy sources in Europe and energy distribution across North Sea countries. The international Consortium is working hard to make progress. This News Update provides an update on our latest activities.
WindEurope Hamburg: Side event on 27th September 2018
At the WindEurope Conference in Hamburg on the 27th September the NSWPH will host a consultation session (for invitees only) intended to update the key stakeholders on important developments since the previous consultation session during WindEurope in Amsterdam last year. Since then, the Consortium partners have worked to address some fundamental commercial, economic, technical, spatial and legal aspects of the NSWPH project. The Global Wind Summit is an excellent opportunity to re-connect, share exciting new study results and jointly discuss the ways forward. 

During WindEurope, the Consortium will present preliminary results on the OWF benefit study and the spatial study.
NGO Meeting in Brussels on 25th October 2018
Last year the North Sea Wind Power Hub Consortium organized an NGO meeting in Brussels on 14th November 2017. During this meeting, we discussed environmental challenges, specifically with regard to a possible location of a North Sea Wind Power Hub within the Dogger Bank area.
On 25th October 2018, we will organize a follow-up meeting/workshop with the NGOs to discuss study results,  preliminary conclusions and ways forward. Key studies that will be discussed are the spatial study of the North Sea, screening and assessment of existing environmental data and the implementation of the Habitat Directive and Natura 2000 areas. 
Future planning 
The North Sea Wind Power Hub Consortium is in the assessment phase. Our aim is to finalize this phase in June 2019 with the presentation of our position paper. For now, we woud like to give a update on our activities building up to June 2019.
Consultation session: Offshore Wind Farms 3rd July 2018
On 3rd July, the North Sea Wind Power Hub Consortium hosted a consultation session with 18 industry representatives in Amsterdam. We look back at a successful session in which we discussed and identified which benefits a hub island could bring to offshore wind farms (OWF) during Installation and Commissioning (I&C) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and which functionalities are essential to realize these benefits.
There was general consensus between the participants that, with future innovations, the functionality of the hub island will change over time. Having a hub as an island will certainly influence the I&C and O&M strategies of the OWF. Breakthrough innovations could drastically change OWF installation and O&M. The largest challenge for the hub owner will be to enable flexibility while maintaining a positive business case. 
Based on the information from the participants, we will now be able to define several scenarios for further quantification of potential benefits of a hub island. The Consortium endeavours to share first results of this study during an NSWPH side event (for invitees only) at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg on 27th September 2018. 
New Video: Clean Energy Ministerial 24th May 2018
In order to achieve the Paris Agreement’s climate goals effectively and with limited costs, both international cooperation and innovation are necessary. This was the key message from the North Sea Wind Power Hub Consortium as the Consortium was given the opportunity to present its vision at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) on 24th May 2018. Watch this video that we used to present our vision:

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North Sea Wind Power Hub TenneT Netherlands, TenneT Germany, Energinet, Gasunie and Port of Rotterdam joined forces to develop a large scale European electricity system for offshore wind in the North Sea. The consortium partners consider the project to be an important next step towards accomplishing the 2050 climate goals formulated in the Paris Agreement (COP21). By developing the North Sea Wind Power Hub, the consortium wants to make the energy transition both feasible and affordable. Central to the plan is the construction of one or more islands at a suitable location in the North Sea - so called Power Link Islands - with interconnectors to bordering North Sea countries. The whole system, including Power Link Island(s), will function as a hub for transport of up to 100 GW of wind energy, an interconnection hub to the connected countries, a working island for offshore wind developers and a location for possible Power to Gas solutions.

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