Wind Energy – HKW
RWE wins Dutch support-free offshore wind tender: the company has received the permit to build a large-scale offshore wind farm – Hollandse Kust West (HKW) VII.
The site is located in the North Sea, about 53 kilometres off the Dutch coast. On the site RWE will be able to deliver more than 760 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity – enough to supply the equivalent of almost one million Dutch homes.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) recognised that RWE’s design for HKW VII delivers solutions for the optimal integration of offshore wind farms into the Dutch energy system.
Sven Utermöhlen, CEO Offshore Wind, RWE Renewables: “We are pleased to have been awarded this offshore wind project by the Dutch government. This represents an important step on the road towards growing our global offshore wind capacity to 8 gigawatts by 2030. Based on our 20 years of experience in developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms, we have delivered a unique concept for the project. We are looking forward to realising this wind farm hand in hand with the local communities.”
RWE’s ultimate goal is to perfectly match the demand for energy to the flexible generation profile of offshore wind farms, contributing to grid stability. To unlock full system integration the concept for HKW VII combines offshore wind with electrolyser capacity for green hydrogen production, and other flexible demand solutions like e-boilers and battery storage. In addition RWE plans to combine the HKW VII offshore wind farm with floating solar panels to allow a more efficient use of ocean space.
The wind farm is expected to be in full operation no later than 5 years after the permit is irrevocable. Then it can contribute to the Dutch ambitious build-out targets for offshore wind: 21 gigawatts (GW) of capacity by 2030 and 70 GW by 2050 are envisaged.
RWE also submitted a bid for HKW VI with an innovative ecological concept to deliver positive impact on biodiversity. The outcome of this tender is expected by the end of this year. RWE has just been awarded the permit for a 760-megawatt offshore wind farm off the Dutch coast. Since I was fortunate to live in The Hague for some time, the country still holds a unique place in my heart. So this is special news and I am very happy for the team for reaching this milestone.
Hollandse Kust West (HKW) VII can supply the equivalent of almost one million homes in the Netherlands with green electricity.