Europe needs more reliable, affordable and publicly acceptable grids. ENTSO-E estimates some 40,000 km of new or refurbished high and extra-high voltage power lines will be built across Europe by 2030. Nearly 50% of the distances to be covered will be using land and submarine cables.
Land and submarine cables will be needed to:
- carry electricity ashore from offshore wind farms or from remote photovoltaic installations to the centres of consumption;
- build power lines to bridge across member state borders carrying high loads; and
- distribute electricity to supply increasingly smart homes, electric vehicles and industry installations.
Europacable member companies offer the full range of power cables needed to modernise and extend Europe’s electricity networks:
- High voltage Direct Current (DC) cables up to 600 kV which will be the backbone of a future system of electricity highways, securing Europe’s power supplies over long distances both on land and offshore;
- Extra high voltage Alternating Current (AC) cables up to 500 kV to enable grid extensions and facilitate the integration of renewable energies in Europe;
- High voltage power cables up to 150 kV for Europe’s future – smart – distribution grids; and
- Low and medium voltage power cables up to 36 kV to transport power to the ultimate point of consumption.
A key question is how and where new power lines are to be introduced while at the same time respecting the comfort and quality of people living close to such lines, the environment surrounding it and the cost allocated to the project. As an innovative answer to this question Europacable has developed the Concept of Partial Undergrounding which foresees that underground cables complement overhead lines in sensitive areas for extra high voltage power transmission projects.