New Energy Bringing Nations Together
To hit renewables targets, countries are sharing energy across borders; It takes a lot more than adding wind turbines and solar panels to transform a giant power grid.
Andrew Blum, September 8, 2020 (Popular Science)
“…[The Nemo Link] is an “interconnector,” joining the power grids of the United Kingdom and Belgium…[Its pair of buried copper cables stretch] 87 miles across the English Channel…Nemo supplies both countries with renewable and reliable energy…With this high-voltage connection, when the U.K. is short of power, Belgium can send it; and vice-versa…The goal is for Nemo’s operation to become part of the fabric of the two countries’ grids, allowing electricity to flow either way, on demand, in 60-minute time blocks…[Both the U.K.‘s National Grid and Belgium’s Elia utilities] can save (and make) money by selling their excess…The two nations can quickly share power in the case of a spike in demand—or a blackout…
…[Nemo is] the first completed segment in a boom of building interconnectors that is, ironically, drawing British infrastructure closer to Europe…By 2023, the U.K. grid will join with that of France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, and Denmark, across two existing and four newly created links…on the way to being climate neutral by 2050, meaning whatever emissions are left will be offset by removing an equal amount of carbon from the atmosphere. Recent studies have shown that achieving this will require interconnection capacity between E.U. nations to expand between 400 and 900 percent…But these links alone will not solve the challenge of moving the grid to renewable energy. They are a stopgap, buying time for each country involved to build more of its own turbines and develop new technologies…” click here for more