The windpark is located in the North Sea, approximately 53 kilometers off the Dutch coast. Each site will deliver more than 760 MW of offshore wind capacity. Moreover, RWE proposed a design for HKW that would have a positive net impact on the North Sea ecosystem, whereas RWE developed another blueprint concept for the perfect integration of offshore wind farms into the Dutch energy system, including 600 MW electrolyzer capacity onshore with access to storage capacity in the planned onshore hydrogen backbone.
Positive impact on biodiversity
Offshore innovation projects are a key element of RWE’s sustainability strategy. Innovations are also an integral part of the RWE bid according to which the offshore wind farm will be built and operated in harmony with the ecosystem. RWE’s design concept will mitigate negative effects on flora and fauna – above and below sea level – while taking significant steps towards rewilding the North Sea. Innovations will be implemented to allow bats and birds to fly safely between the turbines and under the rotor swept area. Moreover, RWE intends to rewild the area by adding artificial reeds and floating gardens.
This will enhance the habitat, strengthen the food chain, and benefit all species, such as birds, fish and sea mammals. Safeguarding the ecosystem is also a key issue during construction: to minimize disturbance from monopile foundation installation, RWE will use special drilling techniques to do this.Another critical element of RWE’s bid to bring knowledge leadership in North Sea ecology is investing in a Research and Development programmes with leading partners such as universities and research institutes from the Netherlands.
Additionally, RWE foresees to set up a multi-technology monitoring system that will share knowledge and enable all stakeholders offshore wind to do as much for ecology as possible.
Blueprint for the future Dutch system
RWE has developed a blueprint for the integration of offshore wind farms into the Dutch energy system in order to address the challenges arising from matching fluctuating electricity production from renewables with flexible demand for energy. Therefore, RWE will focus on combining offshore wind warm with 600 MW onshore electrolyzers for green hydrogen production, supplying hydrogen and electricity to existing partners and new customers within Dutch industry.
Furthermore, the company intends to integrate e-boilers for heating, battery storage, and charging solutions for electric vehicles. Large parts of the investments are planned in the Groningen and Brabant areas in close collaboration with partners in those regions. Amongst the plansFurthermore, the company intends to integrate e-boilers for heating, battery storage and charging solutions for electric vehicles.
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