On October 30th, the ancient city of Rome welcomed an important new initiative for the large-scale integration of grids and of renewables sources into Europe’s energy mix, with nearly 40 leading organisations from research, industry, utilities, transmission systems operators announcing their united goal to find the BEST PATHS to deliver affordable, reliable power in Europe from “coast to coast”.
An ambitious research project which will be funded by the European Commission, BEST PATHS, will focus on the development of high-capacity transmission networks needed to meet Europe’s long-term energy goals and incorporation of renewable energy sources.
The project unites expert partners around five large-scale demonstration areas focused on ensuring increased network capacity and system flexibility – incorporating innovative transmission systems and industrial solutions to link offshore wind farms and improve the interconnections of the entire power grid.
Project coordinator, Mr. Vicente González López of Red Eléctrica de España (REE) addressed the opening of a new challenge for the European power industry: “It goes beyond the intrinsic complexity of the individual developments proposed, since the project is going to require an effort of coordination to jointly analyse the results of each individual demonstrations and evaluate their combined impact in the European power system of the future.”
Describing the actors working to deliver this ambitious project, Mr. González López said:
“Thirty-nine key players have joined together to deliver a substantial change to the power grid’s capacity and flexibility. They represent the entire chain of innovation in Europe, from universities and research centres generating new knowledge, the power industry developing new products, Transmission Systems Operators and utilities, specifying their needs of new industrial solutions to allow the grid to better serve society.”
The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) acts as one of the aforementioned partners. The capacity of overhead power lines can be enhanced using High Temperature – Low Sag (HTLS) conductors. This technology allows an increase in the current rating of up to 50%, for a given voltage level and tower height.
Researchers at BAM will provide data on the relevant physical material properties of different HTLS conductors. These will be done within the scope of one BEST PATHS demonstration project, in order to refine numerical models and ensure safe design.
The experimental work will address short term characteristics like elastic behavior under elevated temperatures and thermo mechanical coupling effects as well as long term performance criteria e.g. creep, fatigue and durability. The experimental data from tests on lines and joints will provide design rules ensuring that the entire system (conductors and fittings) remain damage-free over time (inclusive of load cycle impacts).
Bridging the gap from often remote renewable electricity production to high-load consumption centres, BEST PATHS will focus on developing inter-operable multi-terminal High Voltage Direct Current grids; innovative upgrading and repowering existing AC corridors; and superconducting high power links.
The experimental results of BEST PATHS will be integrated into European impact analyses to show the scalability of the solutions and will be made available as soon as 2018 to benefit replication across the pan-European transmission network and electricity market.
BEST PATHS stands for ‘’BEyond State-of-the-art Technologies for rePowering Ac corridors and multi-Terminal HVDC Systems’’. It involves 39 partners, with a budget of 63 million Euros that will be 56% co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under grant agreement no. 612748. It is coordinated by Red Eléctrica de España (REE), and is set to run until September 2018.
Dr.-Ing. Milad Mehdianpour
Department 7 Safety of Structures
Dr. Ulrike Rockland | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft
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