The world’s large TSO went into the summer with many developments.
In the latest issue of the TSO News, read on the grant awarded to the best energy startup from TERNA and Digital Magics EnergyTech; how Denmark’s gas system is going to conserve the wind energy in hydrogen, and in which way countries in the Baltic and continental Europe are going to synchronise their grids. More news coming up.
- An increase in number of vehicles won’t affect the work of the French power system
The French power system can cope with predicted increase in demand for electric vehicles by 2035. It was state by the French transmission system operator RTE. At present there are some 223 thousands of electric cars and their number can reach 15.6 mln by 2035. However, according to the RTE’s research, electricity demand for this number of electric vehicles won’t exceed 48 TWh a year that constitutes about 10% of the current cumulative demand. In order to cope with peaks, France plans to use the advantages of the remote management systems of the electro vehicles charge stations that will also allow expanding the use of green energy.
- Underwater power cable with unite link power systems of France and Ireland
The first direct electricity connection between power systems of France and Ireland (HVDC connection of 320 kV and 700 MW) is expected to become operational in 2026. The length of Celtic Interconnector project would be 575 km with approximately 500 km of the subsea cable. TSOs of Ireland (EirGrid) and France (RTE) are in charge of the project. The regulators of Ireland (CRU) and France (CRE) agreed on the sources of the financing of the common project. The total expected cost of Celtic Interconnector project is 930 mln euro. EU will cover at least 60% of the costs of the project that is of the EU’s common interest. The project is necessary due to the relatively isolated Ireland energy market and the expected Brexit. The electrical interconnector between Ireland’s and France’s power systems is expected to increase the reliability of the energy supply in Ireland.
- Terna and Digital Magics will offer a grant for the best start-up in energy
The Italian TSO together with Digital Magics EnergyTech (special accelerator for IT-start-ups in energy) announced a best start-up and innovative project in energy contest. Participants have to
present digital solutions for improving personal safety and principal processes of energy company. A finalist who presents the best project will receive a reward of 15 000 euros for the realization of his idea.
- An agreement: Baltic and continental European countries synchronize their power grids.
On May 15 2019 the Lithuanian government approved the Agreement on the synchronization of the power systems of Baltic and continental European countries. In coming days the Agreement will be signed by the Lithuanian TSO Litgrid after the approval by the company’s shareholders. The conditions for the interconnection of the power systems of Baltic and European countries are set, that confirms the feasibility of their synchronization by 2025. After the Agreement approved by the Latvian and Lithuanian governments, the document will be signed by TSOs of Latvia, Estonia and Poland, and at least by two members of the regional group Continental Europe formed by ENTSO-E. The power system synchronization is a project of strategic importance. Its realization will cause Latvia’s, Lithuania’s and Estonia’s power systems to disconnect from Energy Circle BRELL (Belarus-Russia-Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania) and guarantee safety in future. In January 2019 European Commission allocated 323 mln euro for the first stage of the synchronization project, namely modernization of the Baltic countries energy infrastructure. At present, European Commission works on the development of the guidelines for the realization of the project.
- The Danish gas grid will store the wind energy converted into hydrogen
The Danish gas grid could be an important tool to transport solar and wind energy in the energy system of the future, using hydrogen as an energy carrier. As part of the ‘Hydrogen injection in the gas grid’ project, Energinet is working with the Danish Gas Technology Centre and IRD Fuel Cells to test how much hydrogen the gas grid is capable of handling. The results are quite promising so far. The participants hope to reach 15% comparing to 2% in 2017. The purpose of the project is to ensure that the gas grid can play a major role in integrating the renewables and contribute to achieving the goal of a 100% carbon neutral energy system in Denmark by 2050.