Grid super-highway project launch

A  research consortium, partly supported by the European Commission, has launched the e-Highway2050 project, which paves the way for incorporating renewables into the grid.

The consortium of transmission system operators, energy associations, research institutions, universities, private companies and a non-governmental organisation, led by French grid operator RTE, is planning the expansion of the grid on a transnational basis up to 2050.

The central planks of the project are the implementation of electricity superhighways and the need to transport distributed generation from wind, solar and biomass to areas of demand with smart grids and energy storage.

The project will take into account cost-benefit analyses that include aspects such as public acceptance of new structures and environmental benefits.

The scheme will examine a range of generation and demand scenarios for 2030, 2040 and 2050.

The e-Highway2050 plan – which will continue to the end of 2015 – will build on the current Ten Years Network Development Plan, drafted by the European Network of Transmission Systems Operators for Electricity.

It is supported by the commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation within the Seventh Framework Programme for Research.