SuperGrid is a synergistic bridge which will create Europe’s future

by Jasmina Nikoloska

Energetika.NET – reliable energy news for SEE Zubaidah Razak: SuperGrid is a solution for transmitting energy overseas Author: Jasmina Nikoloska

Ten ministers from northern and western European countries, representatives of the Offshore Grid Initiative and the European Commissioner for Energy assembled in early December 2010 to discuss a project known as SuperGrid. Their gathering resulted in the signing of a memorandum of understanding to develop this offshore electricity grid enabling interconnection between continental, offshore and British energy resources.

SuperGrid is an ambitious project that could secure the feeding of renewable energy generated offshore into the grid and delivery to where needed.

PHOTO: Jasmina Nikoloska

From 19 to 21 January, at the Synergistic SuperGrid for Transmitting Energy Overseas 2011 event in London, leading industry representatives, ministries, associations, solution providers and investors got together to extensively discuss insights into SuperGrid development, pathways to achieving efficiency and seeking upcoming opportunities in Europe and abroad.

Energetika.NET spoke with Zubaidah Razak, managing director at InnoQube, the organiser of Synergistic SuperGrid for Transmitting Energy Overseas 2011.

In your opinion, how important is this event in promoting the SuperGrid project and can it help to push faster the development of grid infrastructure and regulatory framework?

I would even say that there are lot of an events related to SuperGrid, based on the event I am organising – Synergistic SuperGrid for Transmitting Energy Overseas 2011. It is important and beneficial to have these three days, because we have a lot of people from different industries and backgrounds: the operators, the solution providers, the government. Planning for the event was done diligently, and we are getting good feedback from people who now understand much more. Compared with other events that only touch a little bit, we are having very good coverage.

Do you believe that SuperGrid is a synergistic bridge which will create Europe’s future?

Definitely, of course! We need something to connect, so SuperGrid, I would say, is the only thing that will help the European Union ambition to promote and to share energy among Europe, the Middle East and Africa, so SuperGrid is a solution.

This conference is coming to an end: What does your future hold?

Based on the feedback we received, as well as what we heard, and understanding more about this project, our plan is to fine-tune to get much more coverage in the development of SuperGrid, because we also want to contribute and help by organising the next event aiming at 2020-2050.

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