‘World’s first’ ultra-high voltage test centre opens

A test facility for ultra-high voltage grid components, claimed to be the world’s first, has been opened in the Netherlands. Certification body DNV GL has expanded and upgraded the KEMA High-Power Laboratory (HPL) in Arnhem at a cost of around €70 million (£62.5m). The firm says it will help the power industry successfully transition to […]

“Super grid” could share renewable energy around the EU

Researchers at Cardiff University are looking into new ways of creating a “super grid” that will allow the EU to share the energy it creates. The project, a Multi-terminal DC Grid for Offshore Wind (MEDOW), will work with five universities and six industrial companies to create the concept. The funding is likely to come from […]

UK-Denmark connection study begins

The UK’s National Grid has announced it is starting a study with the owner of the main electricity and natural gas grids in Denmark, Energinet.dk, to see if developing an electricity power connection between the two countries is possible. Terry McCormick, head of UK and European Business Development at National Grid said: “More interconnection with […]

European interconnector study lands funding

The EU is funding a study examining the electricity interconnectivity between the UK and Norway. NorthConnect, the company behind the study, received the funding worth €690,000 (£575,000). It claims the device will improve security of energy supply in both the UK and Scandinavian markets. It also claims that once the interconnector is in operation, it […]

Scotland lands Japanese renewables deal

Scotland is set to share its marine expertise with Japan following a deal completed last week. The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Ocean Energy Association of Japan (OEAJ) have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop Japan’s first marine energy test centre. Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, Japan has been […]

Getting smart on the Grid

Steve Holliday talks about the role the National Grid must play in the green agenda

European ministers sign pact for offshore super grid

Ten ministers from all the ‘North Seas countries’ have signed an agreement to develop an offshore electricity grid. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by ministers and the European Commission in Brussels, is the starting point to create a new offshore grid and to tear down unnecessary and costly barriers to electricity trade between EU Member […]