Reinforcement and development of the grid
Since the power lines are more and more operated at their limits and congestion is on the rise, grid usage optimization is not always sufficient to master the transport needs of the future.
The Elia Group’s investments in grid reinforcement and development are mainly driven by the growing share of renewable energy generation, including offshore wind in both the North (Belgium) and Baltic (Germany) Sea.
The new production areas of fast developing renewables trigger an increasingly decentralized evolution. However, at the same time, the need to transport huge amounts of electricity over larger distances with a network of new wide-area power highways increases as well.
Within the Elia Group, a number of substation and line projects - currently being implemented in Belgium and Germany - begin to form the nucleus of a new pan-European electricity grid:
North-South DC links are planned in Germany and between Germany and Belgium (Project ALEGrO
), strong backbones linking new production centres to consumption areas (Project Stevin
and the Thuringhian Power Bridge
), new cross-border connectors with the UK (Project Nemo),
Denmark (Project Combined Grid Solution) or Sweden (Project Hansa Power Bridge) are currently being implemented.
These projects may look like classical grid projects of purely national interest, but they are at the same time the elements of a wider architecture that will serve the needs of European society as a whole.