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KPI (Levels 1&2) assessment and conclusion

The purpose of this document is to define the methodology for calculating the KPIs of level 1 and level 2 and to applicate it to obtain the aforementioned indicators. 

CBA assesment

This report has given an assessment of costs and benefits of Best Paths technologies when scaled up and deployed Europe-wide, from the perspective of European society. The assessment consists of a qualitative and a quantitative part.  

Identified barriers for replicability

The objective of this report is to identify the barriers that could prevent from the replicability of these technologies in the near future. 

Definition and building of Best Paths Scenario

The aim of this deliverable is to describe the general and specific methodologies that have been used throughout Work Package 13 "Integrated global assessment for future replication in EU27" to model European scenarios that will allow us to assess the benefits of the Best Paths technologies developed in the framework of the project.  

Technical and economical scaling rules for the implementation of demo results

The objective of this report is to assess the scalability of the Best Paths technologies considering the whole European system. The goal of this deliverable is not to arrive at a cost-optimal solution; the goal is to identify the performance boundaries of each Best Paths technology when applied on a pan-European scale.

Final recommendations for interoperability of multiterminal multivendor HVDC networks

This document delivers the main conclusions of the Best Paths DEMO #2 project dedicated to multivendor interoperability for VSC-HVDC systems.

Dissemination workshop organized by Best Paths DEMO#2 for CENELEC TC8X/WG06

PUBLISHED: 06 November 2018

Best Paths DEMO #2 organized a specific joint workshop with CENELEC TC8X/WG 06 ("System Aspects of HVDC Grids") to expose the main results of the four-year study on multivendor interoperability in VSC systems, and to provide some recommendations to this European standardisation body. These are the slides presented.

White paper: advancing superconducting links for very high power transmission

PUBLISHED: 15 October 2018

This document assesses the main elements of a new 3-gigawatt-class superconducting cable. In addition to discussing technical characteristics, electrical insulation and grid connections, the paper outlines the environmental benefits and future implementation challenges of this new technology. It also includes recommendations for industry and policymakers.

Best Paths: Project recommendations

PUBLISHED: 20 September 2018

This set of recommendations suggests how the Best Paths project experiences can be replicate and to how overcome the barriers for the wide deployment of the technologies developed.

Press Release: No time to lose: Equipping the future electricity grid

PUBLISHED: 20 September 2018

Energy experts came together today in Brussels at the final conference of the EU project Best Paths to discuss with policy makers how to upgrade and improve the European electricity grid. The conference, which was organised by Greenovate! Europe, brought together around 120 experts from all over the continent. 

Demo 5 flyer

Within the EU-funded project Best Paths, ten partners have built a prototype superconducting cable. The demonstration project aims to illustrate the technological maturity of superconducting high-voltage direct current (HVDC) links

Press release - New superconducting cable sets records for power transmission

PUBLISHED: 05 July 2018

Today major cable and wire manufacturers, including Nexans and Columbus Superconductors, together with transmission system operators such as Terna and Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE), disclosed the results of ground-breaking research on a superconducting cable system. 

Press release - Un nuovo cavo superconduttivo stabilisce il record per la trasmissione di energia elettrica

PUBLISHED: 05 July 2018

Italian version of the press release on the Demo 5 event in La Spezia, which unveiled Best Paths' ground-breaking research on a superconducting cable system.  

Press release - Pioneering methodology found to solve interoperability issues in DC transmission technology

PUBLISHED: 06 June 2018

Yesterday French Transmission System Operator RTE announced the results of its pioneering tests about the interoperability of high-voltage Alternate Current/Direct Current converters supplied by different world-leading manufacturers.

Press release - Power grid interconnecting Sardinia, Corsica and Italy is laboratory for beyond state-of-the-art technologies

PUBLISHED: 09 May 2018

Experts from across Europe met today during an international workshop in Codrongianos to appreciate the most innovative technologies developed for High Voltage Direct Current, which will play a major role in upgrading the future electricity grids.

Press release - Novel technologies to repower extra-high voltage electricity lines unveiled in Budapest

PUBLISHED: 06 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, in the context of the Demonstration No 4 of Best Paths.

3rd Best Paths Dissemination Event Report (Madrid 2017)

PUBLISHED: 24 November 2017

Here you can find the report and the PowerPoint presentations of the 3rd Dissemination Event of Best Paths titled “Innovating grid technologies for sustainable energy". The event took place on 22 November 2017 in Madrid.

Press release: Best Paths discusses the future of the European energy grid

PUBLISHED: 23 November 2017

The workshop on “Innovating grid technologies for sustainable energy” on 22nd November in Madrid gave an overview of the future of the European power grid. This was the third Annual Dissemination Event within Best Paths and was organised by Red Electrica de España and Iberdrola.

D3.2 - Results and conclusions from simulations and studies in Demo 1

PUBLISHED: 27 July 2017

This is the summarised version of the second deliverable issued by DEMO #1 and is dedicated to the operation and control behaviour of offshore wind farms connected through high voltage direct current links based on the voltage source converter technology.

Evaluation of the performance of Demo #1 converter models against Vendor models in Demo #2

PUBLISHED: 22 June 2017

Within Best Paths Demo #1, simulations have been performed employing an open MMC model elaborated by academic partners. Demo #2 is using three “black box” MMC models provided by HVDC converter manufacturers. To know the degree of similarity of the Demo #1 model and the manufacturers’ models, results from a set of simulations have been compared. 

Press release: Best Paths Special Stakeholder Workshop - HVDC links in offshore wind farms

PUBLISHED: 12 May 2017

The press release following the first Best Paths Special Stakeholder Workshop on HVDC links in offshore wind farms can be downloaded here.

D8.1 Offshore integration demonstrator

PUBLISHED: 28 April 2017

This report describes the first demonstrator (Demo 1) for the BestPaths project. The demonstrator replicates in a laboratory scale an offshore wind farm connected to a multi-terminal HVDC (MTDC) transmission system to identify potential interoperability issues.

Simulation toolbox Demo 1

PUBLISHED: 09 April 2018

MATLAB/Simulink toolbox developed by the Demo 1 partners for the grid connection of OWFs using MTDC networks. This toolbox is made of the necessary building blocks of the electrical components and their initialisation scripts. A user manual can be downloaded here. Your data will be not be used outside the frame of Best Paths project activities (i.e. information on toolbox upgrades).

Simulation Toolbox - Demo 1 - User manual

PUBLISHED: 10 February 2017

This user manual describes the MATLAB/Simulink toolbox developed by the Demo 1 partners  for the grid connection of OWFs using MTDC networks. The toolbox is made of the necessary building blocks of the electrical components and their initialisation scripts.

2nd Best Paths Dissemination Event Report (Berlin 2016)

PUBLISHED: 27 October 2016

The second Best Paths dissemination event titled, “Upgrading Europe’s grid to new high-capacity technologies”, took place on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 in Amano Grand Central Hotel in Berlin, Germany.  A short summary report, which includes the PPT presentations, can be accesed here.

D4.3 - First recommendations to enhance interoperability in HVDC-VSC multivendor schemes

PUBLISHED: 25 October 2016

This is the first version of a set of recommendations for standardisation bodies, Transmission System Operators, vendors and the academia to enhance interoperability in HVDC-Voltage Source Converters multi-vendor schemes.

D2.1 Data set, KPIs, tools & methodologies for impact assessment

PUBLISHED: 22 January 2016

This document is a deliverable produced within the framework of project's WP2 on ''Barriers, KPIs, tools and methodologies for impact assessment'', and  is available for download here. 

Press Release: Innovative Network Technologies and the Future of Europe's Electricity

PUBLISHED: 16 November 2015

The press release following the first Best Paths dissemination workshop on 5 November 2015 can be downloaded here. 

1st Best Paths Dissemination Event Report (Paris 2015)

PUBLISHED: 06 November 2015

The first Best Paths Dissemination Event, titled “Innovative Network Technologies and the Future of Europe's Electricity Grid”, took place on 5 November 2015 in Paris, France. A short summary report, which includes the PowerPoint presentations, can be accessed here.

Demo Posters

PUBLISHED: 06 November 2015

Five demo posters are available for download here. 

Best Paths Brochure

PUBLISHED: 01 April 2015

Project's brochure is available for download here. 

Press Release: Best Paths kick-off

PUBLISHED: 01 April 2015

Here you can find the press release from the project launch, in October 2014. 

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