Budapest, 6 April 2018 – Yesterday major players in the electricity sector unveiled pioneering technologies to repower and improve the design, operation and maintenance of existing high voltage power lines. The breakthroughs were presented at an international workshop in Budapest, organised by Hungarian Transmission System Operator (TSO) MAVIR and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), in cooperation with German TSO 50Hertz.
This work was developed in the context of the Demonstration No4 of BEST PATHS, the largest FP7 research project ever financed by the European Commission in the energy sector. Experts from the following companies took part in these research initiatives: 50Hertz (Germany), BAM (Germany), BME VIKING (Hungary) EFLA (Norway), ELIA (Belgium), i²G on behalf of STRI (Sweden), MAVIR (Hungary), Red Electrica de España (Spain), Relogable (Spain), Statnett (Norway).
Matthias Müller-Mienack, Head of Research and Studies at GridLab in Germany and Chairman of BEST PATHS’ Demo 4 said “Between the 1960’s and the 90’s, building new high voltage overhead lines was common practice. But today citizens are more vocal against the construction of new power lines. And what’s more, even maintenance measures have to be planned years in advance because of the higher loading of the network, which makes it more difficult now to operate the network without critical lines for long periods.
Our research stems from this need to improve and repower existing power lines, to overcome the current lack of long-lasting experience with new conductor technologies among European Transmission System Operators. Our results are going to affect the lives of millions of energy consumers in Europe, because the improved management of electricity lines will ensure the correct supply of electricity, decrease the risk of blackouts, reduce the visual impact of towers and enable the integration of more renewables.”
Best Path’s Demo 4 is developing and testing the following innovations:
As a special highlight of the workshop in Budapest, participants visited the high-voltage testing laboratory of BME, where MAVIR and BME held a live presentation of a damper exchange and an insulator replacement under voltage while applying the developed live-line working technologies.
Note to editors
All the presentations of the workshop can be found here, the agenda of the workshop here and the pictures of the day.
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