Why a new generation of interconnector holds the key.
Interconnectors already provide a way to share electricity between countries safely and reliably. But what if they could do much more than that? What if interconnectors could become an offshore connection hub for green energy?
Instead of individual wind farms connecting one by one to the shore, Multi-Purpose Interconnectors will allow clusters of offshore wind farms to connect all in one go, plugging into the energy systems of neighbouring countries.
Today, offshore wind and interconnectors operate alongside each other, connecting to the shore individually. In the future, Multi-Purpose Interconnectors could enable offshore wind and interconnection to work together as a combined asset.
Take a look at our interactive infographic below for more detail on the benefits of Multi-Purpose interconnectors:
Projects combining interconnections and offshore wind will help reduce the amount of electricity works onshore, meaning that any impact on coastal communities is kept to a minimum. As offshore wind developers are determined to work closely with local communities and to be good neighbours, this is an important consideration for our sector.
Barnaby Wharton, RenewableUK's Director of Future Electricity Systems
To achieve a cleaner energy future, the EU and the UK need to work closely together on the energy transition. We have so much in common already. We share similar strategic climate targets, including a legally binding approach to net zero by 2050, and our markets have been built together for decades.Find out more on how we can achieve these ambitious targets