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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What is the background for the establishment of PROMOTioN?


To unlock the full potential of Europe’s offshore resources, a coordinated approach to network infrastructure is urgently needed, in order to link offshore wind parks and onshore grids in costal countries. For this purpose PROMOTioN will develop and demonstrate key technologies, a regulatory and financial framework and an offshore grid deployment plan for 2020 and beyond.

What is the political context of the project?

North Seas Countries have signed a political declaration on energy cooperation, with the aim to create good conditions for offshore wind energy in order to ensure sustainable, secure and affordable energy supply in the region, facilitate and increase energy links and reinforce regional energy cooperation. The declaration focusses on maritime spatial planning, development of a common infrastructural offshore regulatory framework, supportive financial frameworks and a coordinated approach for offshore standards and technical rules.


Background: The North Seas Countries’ Offshore Grid Initiative (NSCOGI) was formed as the responsible body to evaluate and facilitate coordinated development of a possible offshore grid that maximises the efficiency and economic use of those renewable source and infrastructure investments. Its Memorandum of Understanding which was signed in 2010 contributed in paving the way for the PROMOTioN project.

What are the challenges facing the deployment of a common meshed offshore HVDC grid?

The main challenges the PROMOTioN project addresses are of technological, financial and regulatory nature. Technologically, there is the need for further research and development into more cost-effective and reliable converter technologies as well as effective grid protection systems. From a financial point of view, the lack of a coherent financing regime for offshore infrastructure development represents a major challenge. Lastly, the absence of a coordinated deployment plan and a regulatory framework, as well as missing agreements between manufacturers, developers and operators of the grid also represent current obstacles to the deployment of a meshed HVDC offshore grid, which the PROMOTioN project pursues to surmount.

What are the main objectives of PROMOTioN?

  • Identification of technical requirements and an investigation to possible topologies of meshed HVAC/DC offshore grids
  • Development of protection components
  • Establishment of components for interoperability and initiate standardisation
  • Development of a coherent EU and national  regulatory framework for DC offshore grids, financing recommendations and infrastructure deployment
  • Demonstration of cost-effective offshore HVDC equipment
  • Develop and deployment plan for HVDC grid implementation

How is the project organised and managed, and which are its core components?

The project consortium which is coordinated by DNV GL includes 34 partners from 11 countries – all major HVDC manufacturers, TSO’s linked to the North Sea, several wind turbine suppliers, offshore wind developers, leading academics, and consulting companies. A series of stakeholder workshops and events will be organised during the project phase to discuss the various technological and regulatory approaches.

The organisational structure of PROMOTioN is based on 14 work packages (WP), each looking into different aspects of the challenges mentioned earlier. They are closely interlinked and build upon each other.

What is the timeframe of PROMOTioN?

The project runs from January 2016 until December 2019.

How is the project funded?

PROMOTioN applied for funding under the framework EU Horizon 2020 programme call ‘Competitive Low-Carbon Energy’ 5 (LCE 5). Currently it is the biggest energy project in the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research Program. The total estimated cost is at roughly €51 million of which about €39 million come from EU contributions.

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SEBASTIAN BOIE

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