A blueprint for European offshore grid policy
OffshoreGrid is the first large-scale technical cost-benefit analysis of offshore electricity infrastructure developments in the Northern European Seas. Aimed at policy-makers, TSOs and the relevant regulatory authorities in Europe, the project put forward different design concepts for North Sea grid developments and assessed their technical potential in light of legal and financial constraints.
In short, OffshoreGrid used a European power system model and a tailor-made infrastructure cost model to assess the costs and benefits of different modular design concepts (hubs, tee-in and hub-to-hub interconnectors) for integrated offshore grids.
Funded by the European Commission within the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE), the project was coordinated by 3E, who also led the technical and strategic analysis. Offshoregrid ran from 2009 through November 2011.
Executive summary (1.5 Mb)
Full final report (7.3 Mb)
See more deliverables at offshoregrid.eu