Development of electric network in Europe: the current situation and perspectives

Publication year: 
2011
Publication Category: 
Magazine Papers
Identifier and type: 
n/a
Author: 
L. Debarberis
G. Fulli
E. Alecu
F. Gangale
Publisher: 
Science and Practice Publishing House Ltd.

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Maintaining and improving reliable, efficient grids is vital for a modern society. The European transmission and distribution networks are ageing and they are faced with different challenges that may push them to evolve following different trends and conflicting drivers.
The present paper aims therefore at assessing the current situation and at evaluating the possible future evolution of the electricity grids in Europe. It analyses technological state of the art and the expected deployment of advanced technology in transmission and distribution. The study highlights the main barriers hindering the development of the present grids and the design of future electricity networks and tries to identify a possible way forward.
The paper also focuses on possible synergies with other sectors. Many actions still need to be taken, both at European and national level, to develop the future electricity networks.

Keywords: 
Development of transmission and distribution systems in Europe, energy security, Technological innovations, Investments in electricity networks, Vertically integrated utilities, Unbundling and liberalisation, Synergies with other EU networked infrastructures