How do we expand wind power generation while ensuring better sector integration?

The Netherlands and Denmark are both frontrunners in deploying renewable energy in power generation and are developing innovate solutions in the next steps of a European green energy transition. The installed capacity of offshore wind alone in the Netherlands will be increased to approximately 11 GW by 2030 and in Denmark at least 7 GW, including two offshore wind energy hubs, will be added to the existing capacity within the same timeframe. There are, however, challenges integrating the still larger quantities of electricity based on wind in the electricity system. Expanding the use of electricity into new sectors and ensuring flexible and smart use will help enable the potential of a fluctuating energy source such as wind. 

Solutions to integrate the renewable energy production in a future energy system is dependent on both an expansion of renewables, but also efficient transmission, storage and flexible use. Simply put, finding ways of storing wind energy to ensure that the consumption of electricity is decoupled from the generation, is a crucial part of a future fossil free energy sector. Being able to either use the electricity close to where it is generated or efficiently transmit it to other regions will also be a necessary part of the solution.