Covering a total of 623 kilometers, NordLink is a HVDC (high-voltage direct current) transmission link which will increase energy security in both countries.
The consortium behind NordLink, which includes utilities Statnett and TenneT, has three important reasons for constructing the link. First, it supports the European Union’s target for CO2 emission reduction by allowing greater integration of renewables. The surplus wind power produced in Germany, which must be used as it is produced, can be transmitted to Norway.
Second, at the other end of the link, Norway can export more stable hydropower to help Germany meet the daily power demand. With the hydropower being used as a battery to balance the wind power generation, the link efficiently balances out fluctuations in demand, both daily and seasonal.
Third, the NordLink offers security of supply: interconnecting grids result in higher availability. The link is fundamental to connect Scandinavia with Germany and is designated to help create an integrated European energy market.