EU Grid for renewables

EU Grid

Interconnections are necessary to ensure the continued security of supply in the European electricity market and to secure the the supply of renewable electricity between European Countries.

The EU (European) Grid for renewables is connecting more and more countries. At this moment an interconnector is build from the Netherlands to Germany.

The Dutch Grid company TenneT uses a new proprietary ‘Wintrack Mast’. This ‘Wintrack Mast’ has a much smaller electromagnetic field than conventional masts and – because of its sleek design – it fits better in the living environment.

EU grid

Another planned connection between countries is the international connection between the Netherlands and Denmark. A new high-voltage electricity submarine cable will directly interconnect both countries. The COBRA-cable will have a capacity of approximately 700 MW and will be 325 kilometers (300 kilometers off shore) long. The start of the project is expected to be from 2017.

Interconnections are necessary to ensure the continued security of supply in the European electricity market and to secure the the supply of renewable electricity between European Countries.

Benefits

Interconnections will produce benefits for European countries in order to the realization of a sustainable international energy landscape:

  • more renewable energy can be imported, particularly wind energy generated in Denmark, sun energy generated in Germany
  • safeguarding the security of supply is very important to European countries
  • the interconnections will make local capacity structurally available to the receiving electricity grid, and vice versa
  • Submarine connections will be designed in such a way as to enable the connection of offshore wind farms at a later stage

View the video ‘TenneT Wintrack’

View the video COBRAcable

195 Grid Projects

To help create an integrated EU energy market, the European Commission has drawn up a list of 195 key energy infrastructure projects known as projects of common interest (PCIs). These are essential for completing the European integrated energy market and for reaching the EU’s energy policy objectives of affordable, secure and sustainable energy.

Energy transformation, slashing carbon

Interconnected EU grids will boost the level of renewables on the grid, slashing carbon emissions. Europe’s energy transformation will require investments worth billions in strategic infrastructure. This list of projects will help ensure that the funds serve the goal of securing clean and affordable energy for Europeans.

 

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