Underground HVDC cable systems for sustainable renewable energy integration
Germany’s electricity supply is becoming greener every year. The share of renewables in electricity consumption has steadily grown over the last few years. By 2030, 65% of electricity consumed in Germany is to derive from renewables and by 2050 it will be 80% generated by renewable sources.
The German Corridor projects are important contributors to the energy transition, also called the “Energiewende”.
The SuedLink is the largest of the three corridor projects, with a total length of almost 1,340 km. It connects to the interconnector NordLink in the north and transmit renewable power to the south via two power cable sections. NKT has been awarded the longest of the two; the Western section covering a total of 750 km.
The SuedOstLink will play an important role in securing the power supplies to the Southeast of Germany over the coming decades. In total the link comprises of 1,100 km cable divided in 5 lots. NKT has been awarded 3 of the lots, covering the northern parts of the link.
NKT President and CEO Claes Westerlind says:
- The orders for the SuedLink and SuedOstLink corridor project underlines NKTs position as a major partner in the German transition to renewable energy and in connecting the national grids. Our power cables will ensure that renewable power can be transported all the way from Norway via the NordLink and SuedLink interconnectors to Southern Germany. I am excited that our leading expertise and know-how within 525 kV XLPE HVDC technology is once again recognized and as a market leading provider we are well positioned be part of future projects supporting the green transformation of societies.