Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Electricity Networks News

SSEN Replaces Subsea Cables

Image: SSEN

UK-based Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) continues to make good progress with its project to replace of one of the two subsea electricity distribution cables that connect Orkney, archipelago off the northeastern coast,  to mainland Scotland, with the completion of a…

Global Energy Investment Totals $1.8trln in 2018

Pic: International Energy Agency

Global energy investment totalled more than USD 1.8 trillion in 2018, a level similar to 2017, said the International Energy Agency (IEA).The investment stabilised in 2018, ending three consecutive years of decline, as capital spending on oil, gas and coal supply bounced back while investment…

Poland and Lithuania Agree to Build Undersea Power Cable

Polish and Lithuanian power grid operators said on Friday they had agreed to build a high voltage direct current (HVDC) underwater cable by 2025 as part of a plan to connect the electricity grids of the Baltic states with those of the European Union.Poland's PSE and Lithuania's Litgrid said they signed an initial cooperation agreement regarding what the

Denmark-Netherlands Subsea Power Cable Reaches Dutch Coast

Photo: www.cobracable.eu

A subsea power line set to link the networks of Denmark and the Netherlands reached the Dutch coast on Friday as part of plans to share excess electricity from wind farms and other sources.The 325 km (202 mile) long COBRAcable, short for Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, has a capacity of around 700 megawatts (MW) and is expected to become fully opera

Rolls-Royce Invests in Qinous

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce is investing in Berlin-based start-up company Qinous GmbH, a global provider of energy storage and control systems, and adding turnkey microgrids to the portfolio.“As a strategic investor, the aim is to set up a partnership with Qinous for the development of innovative energy…

Germany Linked Up 818 MW of Offshore Wind in 2016

A typical offshore wind farm (CREDIT: Siemens)

Germany connected 818 megawatts (MW) of newly built offshore wind capacity to power networks last year, wind energy industry group BWE said on Thursday, less than in 2015 but still leaving the industry on course to beat government targets for 2020. BWE said Europe's largest economy had…

Advanced database for Grid Integration of Renewables


Australia’s most advanced database of Australian and international renewable energy grid integration projects has been released to support innovation in Australia’s energy system. The Renewables Integration Stocktake is an online, exportable database that currently catalogues 233 projects…

Europe's Power Market Reform a Boon for Struggling Utilities

European utilities welcomed long-awaited power market reform proposals on Wednesday, hoping a framework to subsidise fossil fuel plants and plans to wind down a key support for renewable energy could turn the page on years of crisis. The European Commission's 1,000-page draft reform "Winter…

ARENA Making Electricity Grids Smarter

Rooftop solar panels Photo ARENA

More than 150 households in NSW and Victoria will take part in an innovative new trial to test how smart inverters can work alongside rooftop solar and home energy storage to cut costs and improve the stability and reliability of Australia’s electricity supply. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht…

IEA: Global Energy Investment Down 8% in 2015

While the plummet in energy spending should come as little surprise to anyone knowing anything about global maritime and energy markets, the International Energy Agency helped to put the precipitous drop in perspective, reporting that the global energy spend was down 8% in 2015. In a…

Canadian Solar to Build 5 MW Plant in Australia


The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced $8.4 million funding support for Canadian Solar and Scouller Energy to construct a 5 MW DC (4.5 MW AC) solar farm near Normanton in far North-West Queensland. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said Normanton Solar Farm would help…

North American Power Grids Becoming More Reliable

Photo: NERC

North America's power grids set new records for reliability in 2014 despite being tested by extreme cold during the polar vortex and rising concerns about physical and cyber attacks on the network. Over the last year, newspapers have been full of stories about the threat posed by physical and cyber-attacks on transformers and power lines…

Smart Grids: EU's Shale Gas?

Smart grids can reduce infrastructure needs by 30 pct. Smart appliances will turn on and off as prices move. BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) - Smart grids balancing intermittent solar and wind energy with flexible power demand could do for Europe what shale gas has done for the United States, a senior European Union official said on Wednesday.

Extra Solar PV for Grid - NT Study

This project has developed innovative strategies for the distribution of mature, commercialised PV technologies within existing electricity networks, and in particular identified that up to 10MW of distributed solar PV coul

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today released a study that shows how up to 10MW of extra solar photovoltaic (PV) could be installed in the Alice Springs grid without adversely affecting supply stability. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said this additional PV would make a sizeable difference to the Alice Springs grid…

Africa Turns to Solar to Meet Energy Needs

Most sub-Saharan nations have negligible solar power; Rwanda has a 8.5MW park connected to grid. Cut in half by the equator, sunshine is one thing that Africa has in abundance. Now a growing number of African enterprises are tapping this under-utilised source to keep their businesses running.

DNV GL Led Consortium Wins Gas Vector Pathway Project

Between now and 2050, the energy systems of the UK and Europe are likely to be transformed with a more focussed drive towards a low carbon future. Although the potential energy landscape is often seen as one of increased electrification, at present, the UK gas networks carry over four times as much energy as electricity networks.

Dutch, Danish Grids to Build Subsea Power Cable

Dutch power grid operator TenneT and Danish counterpart Energinet.dk will invest over 600 million euros in a new subsea cable that will connect the two countries electricity networks, TenneT said in a statement. The new direct-current interconnector - called the COBRAcable (for COpenhagen…

China State Grid Quietly Builds Mediterranean Power Network

The European Commission has long wanted the continent's power grids to work in unison for reasons of efficiency and supply security, so far to little avail, but a regional power network could soon be a reality, courtesy of State Grid Corporation of China. While Europe's utilities have…

Preparing for the Next Big Solar Storm: Kemp

The probability of a solar storm striking Earth in the next decade with enough force to do serious damage to electricity networks could be as high as 12 percent, according to solar scientists. One such storm erupted from the surface of the Sun two years ago, on July 23, 2012. If it had been directed at this planet…