North Sea Energy 2023-2025 programme

Publieke samenvatting / Public summary

The North Sea as secure source of affordable energy is most wanted given the current energy challenges that Europe is facing. At the North Sea a considerable role is foreseen for the deployment of offshore wind and implementing carbon capture and storage. Without these options accelerated growth of a low-carbon and sustainable energy supply and industry is difficult and costly to achieve. The foreseen strong build-up of offshore wind in the next decades comes with several challenges such as required cost reduction, reducing North Sea spatial claim by multi-use and synergy with other use functions. Managing, transporting and integrating energy in the energy system at acceptable system cost for society and with high energy security is another important challenge. The build-up of offshore renewable assets in the form of wind and floating solar, the need for CO2 transport and storage infrastructure on the one hand and the decline of gas assets on the other hand, offers an opportunity; System integration between these may be of added value to accelerate the energy transition at the North Sea.

This innovation project contributes to identifying and developing opportunities and innovations within TKI Gas program line Geo Energy. The main aim of the program is to develop strategies and perspectives on the North Sea Energy transition to harness synergies between offshore wind, marine energy, carbon capture & storage, natural gas and hydrogen developments while strengthening the carrying capacity of our economy, society and nature. In this (fifth) phase of the program we build further upon the NSE1-4 results. The central pillar of this phase of the program is design of Offshore Energy System blueprints towards 2050 for offshore hubs in the North Sea. The consortium will further develop the design of the three offshore hubs (west, east and north) that are defined in NSE4 and will improve the design of these hubs relating to all relevant perspectives: technical, environmental, ecological, societal, legal, regulatory and economic feasibility.

Korte omschrijving
- Execute technical innovation assessments with focus on detailed assessment of offshore H2 production concepts (central and decentral) and offshore energy storage (hydrogen and electricity) options. - Develop guidelines for nature and societal inclusive building at sea for new offshore concepts and apply these design principles to the internationally interconnected NSE hubs. - Provide a platform for (international) knowledge, experience, data and scenarios sharing of new insights and knowledge developments on offshore energy transition and system integration. - Support (international) policy and decision makers with innovative concepts and adaptive planning perspectives for offshore system integration in hub based approach. - A key innovation and central element in this phase of the program is the step-up from a North Sea Energy Atlas towards the development of an open access IT toolbox that allows for a blueprint for offshore system design, including planning, simulation and optimization. An important element in all work packages is the participatory process, knowledge sharing and knowledge brokerage.

Results of the program are: - Technical innovation for offshore energy technologies - Nature & societal inclusive design principles - Knowledge Consortium & Exchange - Innovative Concept & Planning offshore - Offshore Energy System blueprints towards 2050