What is Friends of the Supergrid?
Friends of the Supergrid (Supergrid), founded in 2009, is an industry initiative consisting of a group of global companies which have a mutual interest in promoting and inﬂuencing the policy and regulatory framework required to enable a European supergrid. The Association combines companies in sectors that will deliver the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) infrastructure and related technology, together with others that will develop, install, own and operate that infrastructure. We represent the entire supply chain.
What is a supergrid?
The concept of supergrid was first launched a decade ago and it is defined as “a pan-European transmission network facilitating the integration of large-scale renewable energy and the balancing and transportation of electricity, with the aim of improving the European market”. Today, the first building blocks of the supergrid are being constructed through a number of Projects of Common Interest (PCI).
What is the difference between supergrid and smart grid?
The smart grid (transmission or distribution) is a modernised electrical grid that uses information and communications technology to gather and act on information, such as information about the behaviors of suppliers and consumers, in an automated fashion to improve the efficiency, reliability, economics, and sustainability of the production and distribution/transmission of electricity. On the other hand, a supergrid refers to the transmission network that makes it possible to trade high volumes of electricity across great distances in order to integrate large-scale energy production, specially suitable for renewable energies, as well as their balancing.
Is technology ready for a European supergrid?
As a result of the modern technological advancements, it is now technically possible to transmit electricity efficiently and cheaply from remote locations at sea or in the deserts to the urban areas where most of us live and work. The Supergrid Association has not identified any technology “show-stoppers” to the development of a European supergrid.
Which will be the supergrid benefits for Europe?
- Help to meet EU and national plans to reach renewable energy consumption – 20% by 2020 and 27% by 2030.
- Integrate all renewable energy into the continent’s energy mix. Renewables are not national resources but continental by their nature.
- Bring these renewable resources to load centres across Europe over long distances.
- Balance Europe’s electricity network and enhance security of supply.
- Create a global opportunity for European companies to export sustainable energy technology and create new highly skilled jobs.
- Enhanced the single European electricity market.