By 2050 the majority of Europe’s electricity will come from renewable energy sources. However, existing transmission grids are not geared towards transporting large amounts of offshore wind-generated electricity, for example. The large-scale development of grid infrastructure – including its optimisation, expansion, and strengthening – is therefore critical to achieving Europe’s long-term energy and sustainability goals. The BEST-PATHS project is part of a European-wide research initiative on energy transmission. The IASS is responsible for the scientific coordination of one of the project’s five large-scale demonstration areas. Research in this area explores the technical feasibility of integrating high-power superconducting cable links within the electricity grid to enhance transmission levels and provide a stable electricity supply.
BEST PATHS stands for "BEyond State-of-the-art Technologies for rePowering Ac corridors and multi-Terminal Hvdc Systems”. It is co-funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under the grant agreement no. 612748.