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14/11/2014
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Our Challenge: Fostering Integration of Grids and Renewables in Europe

Our Challenge: Fostering Integration of Grids and Renewables in Europe

The Best Paths research project, co-funded by the EU, will focus on the development of interoperable HVDC multi-terminal lines as well as on the modernization and enhancement of the existing alternating current corridors. RSE is going to play a prominent role dealing with a variety of project-related activities.


The challenge is probably much more than ambitious, but the same can be said about the team that is going to take it on. Indeed, more than 40 players – leaders in the fields of research, industry, utilities, transmission system management - will share their need to identify the best solutions to foster the large-scale integration of grids and renewable sources in the European energy mix.

The newborn Best Paths research project, co-funded by the EU, will give tangible implementation to the goal of providing affordable, reliable energy supplies coast-to-coast throughout Europe. On the last 30 October, Terna Rete Italia was indeed host to this ambitious project’s kick off meeting.

The project will focus on the development of interoperable HVDC multi-terminal lines as well as on the modernization and enhancement of the existing alternating current corridors.

Results from the Best Paths  tests will be incorporated into European impact analyses aimed to demonstrate the scalability of the devised solutions. Results data will be available as of 2018 to the benefit of the main players in the pan-European transmission network. RSE is going to play a prominent role dealing with a variety of project-related activities.

The most significant contribution is the demo 3  activity carried out by Terna Rete Italia. The goal is developing research, technology, systems and components aiming to the future modernization of the SACOI continuous current connection (including Sardinia, Corsica and mainland Italy) that can be also used for other applications.

In the framework of the demo 1  activity promoted by Iberdrola, RSE will take part in the development of HVDC multi-terminal lines to transport offshore wind-energy and in the study of interaction between these grids with the mainland alternating current grids. Last but not least, the study of innovative continuous current cables based on superconductive technology (under the demo 5  activity led by Nexans) will also feature RSE contribution.