Office in course of construction

14.06.2019

A welcoming place in a modern design, where you can work efficiently and with pleasure, where you will find excellent technical equipment, and where you will feel at home as a guest, for example at meetings – this was the approach our office in Munich has taken right from the start. Since the opening in summer 2013, our office space has roughly doubled due to our strong growth and we have made several improvements for employees and visitors. Anyone who visits us these days feels like on a construction site in some places. Once again, it’s all about making even better use of the space for additional employees. It is getting narrower, and an attractive working environment and noise protection measures, for example, are all the more important. In addition, we have to deal with the problem that the round-the-clock services for our customers must continue without any restrictions – it is a bit like surgery on a beating heart.

“All work should be completed by the beginning of August”, explains Edyta Prościńska, Finance & Reporting Manager and one of the main people responsible for the Office Upgrade Project. From a design and technical point of view, all work is directed by the renowned Munich interior designer Daniela Störzinger, who has been focusing on office design for around 20 years. During the reconstruction work, everyone will have to accept a few restrictions. To minimise the constraints, alternative premises were hired from a neighbouring provider of rental offices and coworking space.

“It’s all worth it,” promises Edyta: “The new office will be even more attractive and offer excellent conditions for everyone.” The kitchen and training room, for example, will be completely revamped. There will also be new phone booths – so you can make undisturbed calls while at the same time not disturbing other people in the office. The adaptation to the growing number of employees is just one part of the project’s tasks. “In addition, office technology and security is undergoing a major update and is being prepared for growing challenges and requirements,” explains Edyta.

As the team continues to grow, TSCNET Services has a number of office conversions and extensions carried out. All steps should be completed by the beginning of August.

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“compactLine” nearly ready for commissioning

10.06.2018

The “compactLine” pilot route at the substation Jessen/Nord in the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt makes visible progress. With all pylons erected and the traverses installed, TSCNET shareholder 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), now has started to equip the towers with cables. The unconventional “compactLine” is more than just a new design: The pylons are lower and the corridor width smaller than with conventional lines. This significantly reduces the impact on the environment and increases public acceptance.

As many components had to be especially developed for “compactLine”, it took three years of preliminary studies before the 380kV line was ready for the field trial. Mike Wildgrube, project manager for “compactLine” at 50Hertz, expects the cable work to be completed in a few weeks and the line commissioning in the second half of the year. The monitoring phase for the pilot line will take at least a year to thoroughly investigate how the individual components function as an entire system in continuous operation.

Since the very beginning of the project, 50Hertz has involved the public in research and planning and also conducted a representative population survey. The TSO continues this practice by running an open dialogue programme. Besides that, the TSO received several groups of visitors on the construction site on 5 June. Among them were not only delegations of other network operators, business associations, administration or politics, but also representatives of the German environmental organisation NABU and citizen interest groups.

Picture: 50Hertz

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

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First “compactLine” pylons erected

06.03.2018

The pilot route of the innovative “compactLine” is taking shape. After three years of preliminary studies, TSCNET shareholder 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), started the construction of test “compactLine” last October at the substation Jessen/Nord in the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. Compared with conventional lines, the “compactLine” pylons are lower and the corridor width is smaller, which is why the “compactLine” reduces the impact on the environment significantly.

According to Mike Wildgrube, project manager for “compactLine” at 50Hertz, the construction work is fully in schedule. The first pylons are assembled on the site and by mid-March, all masts should be ready-made, followed by work on the traverses and cables. In the summer, the pilot route is expected to be connected to the grid. Since the beginning of the project, 50Hertz has involved the public in research and planning and is continuing this practice with the publication of an information brochure on “compactLine”.

> See 50Hertz press release, in German (html)
> Open “compactLine” info brochure, in German (pdf, 549kb)

Picture: 50Hertz

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Start of “compactLine” construction

08.10.2017

After three years of development, TSC member 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), finalises its research on the innovative overhead line project “compactLine” with the construction of a pilot route. The test “compactLine” comprises five pylons on a length of two kilometres and sets off at the substation Jessen/Nord in the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, where 50Hertz can rely on safe test conditions. It is expected to go on-grid in summer 2018.

The prime objective of 50Hertz’ research activities is to provide an additional technical alternative for future overhead line projects. The pylons of “compactLine” are lower, and its corridor width is smaller in comparison to conventional lines, thus reducing the impact on nature and local residents significantly. This opens up a potential for sustainably promoting the public acceptance of grid extension measures, which is evident from a representative population survey conducted last year on behalf of 50Hertz.

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

Illustration based on a picture by 50Hertz

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Green light for “compactLine”

13.04.2017

Since 2013, TSC member 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), is committed to the research and development project “compactLine”. The pylons of this innovative overhead line concept only reach a height of 30-36m. Furthermore, the narrow corridor width of only 55-60m reduces the impact on nature and local residents significantly in comparison to conventional overhead lines, thus helping to promote the public acceptance of the grid extension.

A representative population survey conducted last year on behalf of 50Hertz, showed a high degree of consent for the new design. Now “compactLine” has taken another important step: The competent local authority has approved the plans of 50Hertz to built a pilot model line at the substation Jessen/Nord in the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. The pilot line with a length of about 2km will comprise five pylons.

The commissioning of the test “compactLine” is scheduled for summer 2018. In a monitoring phase lasting at least one year, the entire system as well as its individual components are then being checked regularly by the German TSO. Dr. Frank Golletz, Chief Technical Officer at 50Hertz, emphasises the significance of the new line concept as “further technology option in addition to classic overhead lines and cables” which can be considered in future planning and approval procedures.

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

Illustration based on a picture by 50Hertz

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TenneT endorses Wintrack pylons

08.02.2017

Usually, the construction of new high-voltage lines is unlikely to be appreciated by affected citizens, and this for quite comprehensible reasons: Power lines require considerable space, produce magnetic fields, and are hardly regarded as eye-catchers by most people. This is why TSC member TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO), promotes the innovative Wintrack pylons which consume less space, diminish magnetic field zones, and – due to their slender and streamline shape – blend in with their surroundings much better than customary steel lattice pylons.

With respect of two planned 380kV routes, one from Eemshaven to Vierverlaten in the northeastern Dutch province of Gronigen and the other from Borssele to Rilland in the southwestern Zeeland province, TenneT now has assigned the design and construction of the pylons to a Dutch-German consortium consisting of Heijmans and Europoles, with following works to be conducted by SPIE Nederland. On these routes, the new Wintrack II pylons will come to use, being an enhanced version of Wintrack I, a pylon type already deployed by TenneT. Though preparatory works are already underway, the actual construction will not commence until all official approval procedures have been completed successfully.

> See TenneT press release (html)

Picture: TenneT (Wintrack I pylons)

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