The benefits of System Integration in North Sea Energy

The benefits of System Integration in North Sea Energy

Major challenges lie ahead for the international community in the wake of the Paris agreement (UN 2015) if CO2 emissions are to be substantially reduced and global temperature increase limited to no more than 1.5°C. The answer lies in a fast transition to a new, low-carbon energy system. The Dutch North Sea is an area where this energy transition is actually materialising, with the current strong ramp-up of wind energy. This study shows the benefit of finding synergies between offshore oil and gas infrastructure and offshore wind to accelerate the position of the Northsea as a clean source of energy for the Netherlands.

The study carried out by TNO, EBN, Shell and Siemens describes the options and gives examples of opportunities if innovative efforts are accelerated in the Dutch offshore energy domain and sets a framework in which innovation could be executed to realise an integrated energy system. While this report considers only the Dutch part of the North Sea, logically, in the long term, international connection and integration in the offshore sector is desirable, if not vital.

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Author: Daniel Sandifort
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