Pondera Consult and Arcadis investigate ways to connect offshore wind farms to power grid

Arcadis and Pondera were asked to conduct a strategical study on the best possible methods to transport energy from future large-scale offshore wind farms to the Dutch mainland. The wind farms expected to be developed up to 2030 and together with existing wind farms, are estimated to provide up to 40 percent of the Netherlands’s total power consumption (11.5 gigawatts).

In the study, which was ordered by the Dutch government, we will explore different ways to connect future offshore wind farms to the national power grid, in collaboration with TenneT (TSO). The study considers environmental effects, costs, technical feasibility, ecology and whether the different options are future-proof. The study consists of setting up an assessment framework and conducting an environmental impact study.

Our results, conclusions and recommendations will contribute to future assessments of offshore wind grid connections, which makes this project even more interesting. We will also look into different ways of relieving the energy grid when offshore wind production is high. Possible scenarios include the electrification of onshore Dutch industry, conversion to hydrogen and other ways of storing electricity.