The Netherlands devise plan for artificial island to support world’s largest wind farm
The operator of the Dutch electric grid, TenneT, has created a plan that will see the upcoming wind farm – to be located in the Dogger Bank – supported by an artificial island.
The Dogger Bank is situated approximately 100km from the coast of East Yorkshire in the UK, and will soon host the world’s largest wind farm.
Around 20,000 years ago when sea levels were 100m lower, the bank was landmass, known as Doggerland, which has resulted in what is now a sandbank in shallow water.
Due to the shallowness, the location is ideal for building an artificial island on, as well as supporting up to 200 turbines.
The location will also allow the renewable electricity generated from the wind farm to reach five countries – the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Germany.
Due to the nature of offshore wind farms needing to be near land or have additional equipment that reaches land, TenneT proposes that it develops a current converter.
“The big challenge we are facing towards 2030 and 2050 is onshore wind is hampered by local opposition and nearshore is nearly full,” reported Rob van der Hage, TenneT’s Program Manager, to the guardian.
“It’s logical we are looking at areas further offshore,” van der Hage added.
The equipment would convert the alternating current to direct current for the Dogger Bank wind farm, allowing to then be transported to the five nations.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.