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Primo Marine in ‘Combining Offshore Wind and Floating Solar to Reduce Costs of Green Hydrogen’ project
The recently granted innovative research project SENSE-HUB, led by TNO*, addresses the integration of various energy system modules for the Dutch North Sea. For the first time, the synergies between offshore wind, offshore solar and hydrogen production at sea will be considered.
Optimal integration offshore renewable electricity
Solar Enhanced North Sea Energy Hub (SENSE-HUB) will accelerate the rollout of offshore solar into offshore renewable energy systems in the 4-years project. “To success in a reliable and stable future Dutch energy system driven by offshore wind power, the integration with floating solar, hydrogen and storage is crucial”, says Iratxe Gonzalez Aparicio, Portfolio Manager System Integration Wind Energy at TNO. “The addition of offshore solar with wind can be of critical importance to produce more constant renewable supply and have higher amounts of green hydrogen production at lower costs.”
The consortium aims to understand and remove the implementation barriers for future SENSE-HUBs from a technical, economical, ecological, legal and societal perspective. Project activities will range from the demonstration of an optimized offshore solar system in the North Sea by Oceans of Energy, ecological monitoring and modelling to understand impacts of hybrid energy parks by NWO I – Royal NIOZ and Deltares. The demonstration will take place at the Q13a offshore production platform, where the PosHydon project is launched, piloting the development of offshore hydrogen generation with wind industry.
The SENSE-HUB concept will be validated in the TNO SWITCH Lab and developing techno-economic system designs at GW-scale will be done by TNO, Primo Marine, and Advanced Electromagnetics. Developing the necessary legal regulatory frameworks for such integrated energy systems are done by NewGroundLaw, Primo-Marine and Deltares will address governance and stakeholder sensitivities.
The consortium is led by TNO with partners Oceans of Energy, Deltares, NWO I – Royal NIOZ, Primo Marine, NewGroundLaw and Advanced Electromagnetics. The project has been made possible by TopSector ‘Energiesubsidie’ of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.
*TNO is a Dutch independent research organization made up of units, boards, and a services organization, connecting people and knowledge to create innovations.