Energy Grid
“Democratic” supergrids “Democratic” supergrids

The share of delayed projects for new electric lines has increased, partly due to public opposition, states the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. Local communities involved ask for decision processes more transparent and inclusive 

September 2017
Creating Europe’s new backbone for efficient power distribution Creating Europe’s new backbone for efficient power distribution

Over the last few decades the energy landscape has been changing drastically in Europe. An increasing amount of electricity is now generated from renewable sources, such as solar and wind energy. These developments will require a new and efficient power infrastructure that spans the whole of Europe

July 2017
Powering the future: could Europe go dark? Powering the future: could Europe go dark?

A recent night-time blackout in the de-facto European capital of Brussels raised questions about the robustness of our energy supplies. The power production sector is facing changing demands, while also coming under huge pressure to integrate more renewable sources. So, can we expect the lights to go out more often in the future?

May 2017
Supergrids: the challenging comeback of direct current Supergrids: the challenging comeback of direct current

The number of infrastructural direct current programmes is increasing all over the world, widening the gap between energy producers and energy consumers. But alternating current will not disappear: “meshed grids” are the future

October 2016
New superconductive material for long-distance energy transmission New superconductive material for long-distance energy transmission

A new and cheaper superconductive wire could make long-distance energy transmission affordable

September 2016
Dressing the power lines to bring more renewables to the cities Dressing the power lines to bring more renewables to the cities

A higher volume of electricity delivered to the grid requires adaptation of the current transmission lines and improvement of the system’s security. To this end, innovative materials and geometries of components are being designed and tested

February 2016
Smart grid: A grid suitable for renewable energy Smart grid: A grid suitable for renewable energy

How smart can the electricity grid be? Opportunities will open for European citizens with more and more renewables on the European electricity system

December 2015
Clean energies in need of a long term vision Clean energies in need of a long term vision

Although cheaper than polluting fossil fuel-based energy, electricity coming from renewable sources lacks clear regulations that would enable it to be used at large scale.

November 2015