About the Supergrid
Aug 14,2008 - airtricity.com
The Supergrid is a high voltage sub sea
|It could ultimately cover the Baltic
Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea, English Channel, the Bay
of Biscay and the Mediterranean.
The Supergrid treats wind as a continental
resource and enables EU member states to share in this enormous
energy source, to their mutual advantage.
This will be achieved by the member states
cooperating in the capture of their common wind resources
and the conversion of this free energy into a reliable and
predictable supply of electricity.
As power is always being generated on the
Supergrid it can be fed into the national grids to meet
The Supergrid also acts as an interconnector
between national markets and thereby helps to create a properly
functioning internal market in electricity.
This will bring additional benefits for
European consumers in terms of greater competition, lower
prices and increased security of supply.
In common with other natural resources,
wind has its own particular characteristics in terms of
physics and energy conversion. The most notable features
are its limitless supply and fluctuating availability. The
challenge in harnessing this energy supply is to overcome
the problem of variability by ensuring a reliable source
of power from wind.
In the vision offered here, the problem
of variability is solved by exploiting the meteorological
characteristics of the European weather system. At any given
time, areas of high pressure are matched by areas of low
pressure some hundreds of kilometres apart. In this way
it can be said that regions negatively correlate with each
other in terms of wind availability. In short, the wind
is always blowing somewhere.
By building wind farms in the seas around
Northern and Western Europe, as well as areas of the Mediterranean,
it would become possible to harness the wind whenever it
is blowing and transform it into a stable source of power.
This exploitation of the negative correlation between regional
weather systems turns a perceived disadvantage of wind into
From a European Union perspective, the
Supergrid offers a truly unique opportunity for joint action
by the Member States in pursuit of a common good. The Supergrid
will best function if it stretches geographically from the
Baltic Sea via the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the
Mediterranean . At any given point along this superhighway,
the power generated is a common European asset.