Wind Energy – The Netherlands
At the end of last week the Dutch cabinet set a 70GW offshore wind target for 2050 in its aims to ramp up sustainability and increase hydrogen production in the country.
These plans are based on the assumption of generating about 50GW of wind power in 2040 with the cabinet already working towards delivering 21GW by 2030, which is about 75% of the current electricity consumption in the Netherlands.
The cabinet also has plans for large-scale hydrogen production in the North Sea in order to enable a large part of the industry to switch from gas to green hydrogen.
It also wants to realize large-scale energy nodes at sea in areas further away in the North Sea that are hundreds of kilometers from the coast.
As a result, not all wind farms need to be connected separately to the onshore electricity grid, but they can be connected to the energy node to also produce hydrogen at sea, meaning energy can then be transported to land partly as electricity and partly as hydrogen, the Dutch Government said