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UK introduces offshore integration solution taskforce

22/05/2019
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The Offshore Wind Industry Council has launched a program to ensure that the UK’s low-carbon energy system makes the best use of power supplied by offshore wind and other renewables.

With the UK growing increasingly reliant on offshore wind farms, the newly created taskforce will develop a roadmap highlighting the most effective ways of integrating this power into the energy grid
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The research project is called Solving the Integration Challenge and is led by Baroness Brown of Cambridge. The taskforce is made up of senior representatives from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Scottish Government, the Committee on Climate Change, National Grid, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, the Energy Systems Catapult and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. There will also be representatives from private companies including ITM Power, Atkins, Good Energy, Shell, Equinor, Vattenfall and Ørsted.

These experts and business leaders will look at ways in which the UK can build the most effective, reliable modern energy system while managing variability of demand and supply. This will involve a primary focus on wind farms and the storage of hydrogen as a power source. 

They will also develop strategies for introducing more flexibility into the UK’s energy system through methods such as expanding battery storage and demand side response (DSR).

Following initial research they will publish a road map identifying innovative techniques. 

The project was launched in response to the Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal, announced in March. It also follows a report published by the Government’s advisory, the Committee on Climate Change, which suggested the UK could increase its offshore wind capacity tenfold by 2050 - from 7.9GW to 75GW.

“With the transformative Offshore Wind Sector Deal in place, and CCC’s call for more offshore wind, the time is right for the UK to reach out and embrace innovative technologies which will help us to integrate more low-cost power from renewables onto the system,” said Baroness Brown.

“This will benefit consumers and create highly skilled jobs, as well as leading by example on the global stage in taking practical measures against climate change.”

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