Where Next for the Supergrid? - 17 Feb 2011

There are various plans currently under discussion that could see a radical transformation of Europe’s electricity transmission system. If Europe is to meet its 2020 targets of 20% renewable energy penetration (fuels, heat or electricity), a major contribution will have to come from the electricity sector.

A new generation of transmission system will not only allow significant quantities of offshore wind to be delivered, but will also enable the development of a far more liquid and physically-interconnected European energy sector.

The European Commission recently presented its energy infrastructure priorities for the next two decades, which it says are aimed at making networks fit for the 21st century.

In a recent report commissioned by Greenpeace, the authors concluded that smart grid management and control technology – together with a transmission network – can play a major role in balancing the supply of variable renewable energy with demand across the continent. It appears that the addition of new types of load (like electric vehicles) and the rapid growth of intermittent generation resources (like renewables) are fundamentally transforming the energy system in unforeseen ways.

For more information see: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2011/02/where-next-for-the-supergrid

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