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News item: Sun, Wind And Wave-Powered: Europe Unites To Build Renewable Energy 'SuperGrid'

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0 comments   Add a comment   Contributor:  TheTeam (Jan-5-2010)
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A worker tends to the world's largest solar plant in Germany. Photo: Waltraud Grubitzsch/EPA/Corbis• North Sea countries plan vast clean energy project
• €30bn scheme could offer weather-proof supply

It would connect turbines off the wind-lashed north coast of Scotland with Germany's vast arrays of solar panels, and join the power of waves crashing on to the Belgian and Danish coasts with the hydro-electric dams nestled in Norway's fjords: Europe's first electricity grid dedicated to renewable power will become a political reality this month, as nine countries formally draw up plans to link their clean energy projects around the North Sea.

The network, made up of thousands of kilometres of highly efficient undersea cables that could cost up to €30bn (£26.5bn), would solve one of the biggest criticisms faced by renewable power – that unpredictable weather means it is unreliable.

With a renewables supergrid, electricity can be supplied across the continent from wherever the wind is blowing, the sun is shining or the waves are crashing.

Also read: European SuperGrid Gradually Moving Ahead

See original news item: Guardian.co.uk, Jan-3-2010  
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