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Technical limitations towards a SuperGrid - A European prospective
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electric Power Systems.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electric Power Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6431-9104
2010 (English)In: Energy Conference and Exhibition (EnergyCon), 2010 IEEE International, 2010, 302-309 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the search for a more sustainable energy supply, renewable energy sources are increasingly introduced into the power system. However, most of these sources are located far from the load centers, and the existing power system is getting overloaded. A supergrid is by many seen as a viable solution that allows a massive integration of these renewable energy sources into the European power system. By connecting energy sources that are located far from each other and by offering enhanced control, balancing services can be delivered. The geographic spread in its turn allows a more diversified energy portfolio. In the meanwhile it increases the security of supply. Although the supergrid has gotten much attention, it cannot be built yet. While the basic technology might seem available, several technical limitations still exist. This paper first describes the potential and need for a supergrid. The paper focuses on a meshed, multi-terminal VSC HVDC, and it is explained why this relatively new technology is believed to be the best suitable one for such a grid. Next the different difficulties or challenges that still exist are addressed.

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2010. 302-309 p.
Keyword [en]
VSC HVDC, multi-terminal, renewable energy, supergrid
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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52847DOI: 10.1109/ENERGYCON.2010.5771696ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79958284618ISBN: 978-142449380-7OAI: diva2:467927
2010 IEEE International Energy Conference and Exhibition, EnergyCon 2010, Manama, December 18-22, 2010
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