An artificial island, instead of a platform, could be developed as a central hub to support the necessary energy evacuation infrastructure e.g. electrical or power to gas conversion. This concept, the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH), is further being explored by a consortium existing of TenneT Germany, TenneT Netherlands, Energinet, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam.
In addition to examining the perspectives in the central hub as a staging point for offshore wind power, the consortium is also looking into the development of electricity storage and conversion, including Power to Gas, as an activity to unfold offshore and thereby add value to the harvested offshore wind power. In addition, combining the strengths of the electricity and gas supply system can provide a key boost to the use of hydrogen as a sustainable solution in numerous applications in industry, transportation, and the built environment.