Ocean grid research

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Ocean grid research (SP5) is Ocean Grid’s Collaborative and Knowledge-building Project. As such, its research is open and results will be published. It will foster open research and innovation aiming at advancing the state of the art in four critical thematic areas. The involvement of industry stakeholders will ensure that research is aligned with industry needs and that the activities will strengthen the innovation capabilities of all partners.

The subproject is led by SINTEF, who will conduct research in all work packages. NTNU will contribute in all work packages and supervise four Ph.D/Postdoc candidates. The time horizon for this subproject is beyond 2030 for which hydrogen is expected to be significant as a large-scale energy carrier together with an offshore electric grid.

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Subproject five is Ocean Grid's Collaborative and Knowledge-building Project, which is divided into four parts:

Illustration detailing the different parts of the Ocean Grid KSP project: Grid expansion optimisation; Energy market design; System interoperability; and Wet design subsea power cables.
Illustration detailing the different parts of the Ocean Grid KSP project: Grid expansion optimisation; Energy market design; System interoperability; and Wet design subsea power cables.
Subproject five is Ocean Grid's Collaborative and Knowledge-building Project, which is divided into four parts.
  • Grid expansion optimisation (led by SINTEF): Develop optimisation models and tools to help identify optimal step-by-step offshore energy infrastructure buildout while considering uncertainties.
  • Energy market design (led by SINTEF): Understand impact of market design with regards to offshore wind energy taking into account European demand and flexibility needs. Quantifying effects on expected price variations and wind farm profitability.
  • System interoperability (led by NTNU): Identify technical approaches to assess and ensure interoperability in a converter dominated offshore power system.
  • Wet design cables (led by SINTEF): Develop reliable and long-life subsea power cable designs by assessing the effect of water migration into new and improved insulation systems. Improve processes for material and cable manufacturing to increase the cleanliness of the insulation system.

Expected results

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