The renewable energy revolution
Cities, towns and industrial parks will be able to produce their own renewable electricity but still be connected to the big electricity production centres for back up energy needs, or even export excess electricity they may produce on their own.
Super gridThese production centres do not have to be located close to cities or industries.
Long distance efficient cables (HVDC) will provide the link, even over very large distances such as connecting North Africa with Europe.
Similar cables would also allow for connections between large-scale wind power or solar power parks to balance their variable electricity supply even before the electricity reaches the consumption centres.
Such a super grid would help compensate for periods of low wind or sun in some areas by harvesting the wind or sun in other areas, thereby reducing substantially the need for back-up power.
WWF and smart grids
- We actively support the sustainable development of smart grids and super grids through various projects
- We develop policy and scientific materials on grids across continents
- We are closely following European initiatives to build an offshore wind energy super grid
- We support cooperation between Europe and the Middle East/North Africa region for a common solar power project
- We work together with Transmission System Operators and others through the Renewable Grid Initiative to a achieve a more sustainable grid