The current hybrid offshore connections and offshore grids sometimes leave much to be desired in terms cost-effectiveness and durability. In other words, there is still much room for improvement in terms of design and operation. The CORDOBA project is strongly focused on this.
In progress
Jan 2021 - Dec 2023
Intercluster project, National project

The offshore energy sector is striving for a cost-effective, holistic and durable design and operation of hybrid offshore connections (HOC) and offshore grids. This does require overcoming a number of challenges. These include the joint development and the coordinated operation of HOCs to deliver grid-supporting services to multiple control areas.

The partners within the CORDOBA project aim to address these challenges in three main areas: by developing an optimisation model for offshore grid design, by establishing a coordinated control model for HOCs and by researching the impact of system design on the grid-supporting services.

Furthermore, an investment participation and remuneration model for HOCs will be established, which will allow multiple investors to develop different parts of the hybrid offshore grid at different times, while reliably recovering their investments. Finally, the models will be validated in two different test cases.

The project has many payback effects for the Flemish economy, and the partners’ impact analysis shows that a successful Cordoba project may lead to employment growth of ~26 FTEs and investments in the order of 23 million euro.

Partners: Elicio, Marlinks, Yuso, Enersynt and KUL

Clusters involved: Blue Cluster and Flux50

Sounding board group: Elia, BOP, Otary, Parkwind, Comillas, Wind Europe, DTU, DEME, the Benelux Secretariat and Friends of Sustainable Grids

With the support of: VLAIO (Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

Contact: Stefaan Mensaert

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