New report K13A published
The North Sea plays a key role in the transformation to meet the European offshore
wind plans of 75 GW by 2030. In the Netherlands, the national government aims to
develop an offshore wind portfolio of at least 11.5 GW by 2030 corresponding to the
40% of the current electricity consumption. In 2020, the strongest offshore wind
deployment in Europe took place in The Netherlands with 1.493 GW.
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has agreed that TNO
performs measurement campaigns in the North Sea from 2014 until 2030 at different
locations, reviewed on annual basis. Currently, the locations of the measurements
are Lichteiland Goeree platform (LEG), Europlatform (EPL) and Wintershall
Noordzee B.V. platform K13a, under the project Wind@Sea.
TNO is responsible for the entire life cycle during the measurements: from the
installation plan at the platform to the purchase and selection of the instrumentation,
analysis, reporting and dissemination of the data. This report refers to the analysis of
the measurement campaign at K13a from 2016 to 2020.
The weather analysis indicates that the measured data captures the variability of the
local and regional climate of the area, including past extreme weather events.
Particularly, during the winter of 2019-2020 five extreme events occurred in the form
of storms with strong winds. The LiDAR was capable to capture the storms measuring
wind speeds above 35 m/s at heights above 200m. The accuracy and high quality
data obtained, render this dataset valuable for additional applications in the energy
sector. In addition, accurate and long term meteorological measurements are crucial
for the feasibility and valuation of the wind farm site and for the financial decision to
ensure the profitability of the business plans.
Via this link you can find the report Offshore wind energy deployment in the North Sea by 2030: long-term measurement campaign.