The SuedLink power line is one of the key projects of the energy transition in Germany. The extra-high voltage line is destined to transfer electricity from Schleswig-Holstein in the very north of Germany – where large amounts of wind energy are being produced – to Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in the country’s industrially highly developed and energy consuming south. SuedLink is a cooperation of two TSC members: The Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT and TransnetBW, the TSO from the southwest of Germany. The European Commission selected SuedLink as one of eighteen European energy projects of common interest in the frame of the “Connecting Europe Facility” programme and supports the power line with €40m.
The Commission emphasised in its funding decision the significance of SuedLink as the first infrastructure project of its kind with such dimensions: A DC line with a length of 700km to be realised for the most part by means of underground cables. Moreover, the Commission highlighted the importance of SuedLink for the increase of electrical transmission capacities and the integration of the renewables in Germany.
Picture: Screenshot taken from video “TenneT SuedLink: Erdkabelverlegung bei der Anbindung von Offshore-Windparks” (TenneT, YouTube)
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