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S896 - A European Supergrid

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Inquiry into a European Supergrid: IET comments to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee.


Abstract A European Supergrid could provide some very interesting solutions for UK electricity supply, particularly in managing intermittent renewables. The term “European Supergrid” can be used to describe a range of interconnection concepts, including a North Sea supergrid connecting countries with potentially large amounts of offshore generation and a North-South supergrid bringing power from North Africa into Europe.  Technically a supergrid would be challenging on account of its large size, but would not particularly stretch the knowledge available today. However, its deployment in a complex multi-jurisdictional environment would be very challenging. It is currently not possible to predict by what date a useful supergrid could be made sufficiently complete to provide large scale benefit to the UK. However, continuing scoping and other studies are strongly supported in order to allow functionality, costs and benefits to be quantified.

Submission Details Submitted on 31 March 2011 to House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee


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Keywords and Search Terms Electricity supply industry, Europe, Power transmission, Distribution networks, Renewable energy, Power supply quality, HVDC power distribution