Open business in Munich


“Faktor A” is the trimonthly business magazine of the German Federal Employment Agency (“Bundesagentur für Arbeit”). In it’s current issue the journal discusses two different types of office environments. In this comparison, TSCNET represents the innovative concept of an flexible “Open Business Lounge”, explained by Alexander Wirth, on of our two Managing Directors.

> See “Faktor A” article “Zu mir oder zu uns?”, in German (html)

> Open “Faktor A” issue 03/2015, in German (pdf, 7.1mb)

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A “super cable” for the Dutch grid


So-called superconductors can transmit up to a thousand times more electricity than conventional underground high-voltage cables. TSC member TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO), plans to install the world’s first underground superconducting high-voltage grid cable in the Netherlands as a demonstrator project for innovative HTSC cables (high-temperature super-conducting).

> See TenneT press release (html)

Picture: van der Laan / The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Topping-out ceremony in Berlin


Yesterday, TSC member 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), celebrated the topping-out of the new company headquarters right in the centre of Berlin, Germany. The both delicate and spectacular building with informal communication zones and outdoor working spaces was developed to provide a inspiring variety of unique working environments. The 52 metre headquarters for 650 employees is called “Netzquartier” (“Grid Quarter”) and will have about 16,000 square metres of building space.

> See 50Hertz press release, in German (html)

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Graf leaves Swissgrid


TSC member Swissgrid, the Swiss transmission system operator (TSO), announced today that its CEO Pierre-Alain Graf leaves the company, following the company’s strategic and organisational realignment. Yves Zumwald, Head of Grid Operations and member of Swissgrid’s Executive Board, will take over as interim CEO with immediate effect.

> See Swissgrid press release (html)

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Put your oar in the programme


Fundamental changes are happening in Europe’s power sector. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) invites stakeholders to comment on ENTSO-E’s draft annual work programme 2016 geared to EC’s “Energy Union”. By 24 September one can submit comments by using the ENTSO-E consultation hub.

> See ENTSO-E’s draft work programme (pdf, 777kb)
> See ENTSO-E communication (html)

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Extreme heat challenges TSOs


In mid of August large parts of Europe were in the grips of a record-breaking heatwave. The high temperatures next to high solar and wind energy outputs led to an exceptional operational grid situation. Yesterday, TSC member ČEPS, the Czech transmission system operator (TSO), issued a press release about limitation of cross-border trading. Two days earlier, the Polish TSO PSE had informed the public about limitations of power supply and a package of measures to keep the grid stable.

> See ČEPS press release (html)

> See PSE press release (html)

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50Hertz launches Ostwind 1


Yesterday, TSC member 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), started the construction of the new Ostwind 1 offshore connection. The billion-euro project with a 93-kilometre cable route connecting the offshore wind farm in the Westlich Adlergrund Cluster (CWA) is 50Hertz’s largest investment so far.

> See 50Hertz press release (html)

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480 tonnes on their way to Niederzier


Highly exceptional load in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany: A new 275t transformer has been delivered to the substation Niederzier of Amprion, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs). The giant 350MVA transformer and the specialised transporter vehicle combined weighed 480 tonnes. The journey was undertaken at night – when the roads are quiet.

> See Amprion press release, in German (pdf, 18.1kb)

Picture: Amprion

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Restoration following storm damages


Yesterday evening, the 380kV line Pulgar-Vieselbach of TSC member 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), in Saxony and Thuringia was heavily damaged by a whirlwind. The storm downed five poles at Schkölen in Thuringia, a state road had to be closed off. Nevertheless, there is no regional or cross-regional threat to the security of supply. 50Hertz experts have already begun to prepare the installation of a temporary line.

> See 50Hertz press release (html)

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