Revealed today (May 16), the company has submitted bids for both HKW site VI and HKW site VII to contribute to the Dutch government’s ambitious build out target of 21GW for offshore wind by around 2030.

The areas are located in the North Sea, about 53km off the Dutch coast.

RWE’s concept for HKW site VII is a blueprint for the perfect integration of offshore wind farms into the Dutch energy system, including 600MW electrolyser capacity onshore with access to storage capacity in the planned onshore hydrogen backbone.

The Netherlands is gearing up to be a crucial region for hydrogen technologies and imports from international countries with a focus on supplying the rest of the EU with the clean energy carrier.

With access to several large-scale ports and the North Sea, the country could be at the forefront to the hydrogen evolution and boost adoption with Europe.

Sven Utermöhlen, CEO of Offshore Wind at RWE Renewables, said, “RWE is clearly committed to contribute to the Dutch government’s ambitions for offshore wind and we are pleased to have submitted our bids in the Hollandse Kust West tender.

“Based on our 20 years of experience in developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms in close cooperation with the communities we are active in, we have proposed unique concepts for sites VI and VII.

“Our design proposal for HKW VI integrates innovations to build and operate the wind farm in harmony with the North Sea ecosystem. To foster local research and businesses, we will also invest in a comprehensive R&D programme on offshore wind with leading partners from the Netherlands.”

Utermöhlen continued, “To unlock full system integration of offshore wind farms, our concept for HKW VII demonstrates a perfect match of supply and demand through combining offshore wind with 600 MW electrolyser capacity for green hydrogen production, and other flexible demand solutions like e-boilers and battery storage.

“We are convinced that our bid will be a blueprint for developing a new generation of offshore wind farms in the North Sea and beyond.”

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