Electricity is the lifeblood of our modern society; it drives us silently and invisibly.
It always takes the path of least resistance; to make it tangible and depict it seems impossible. Not so for Nadieh Bremer.
What do professional divers have to do with the construction of an extra-high-voltage link? To find out, you first need to know that the mini-tunneller, Giorgia, is currently drilling out the gallery to house the extra-high-voltage link between the substation at La Bâtiaz and Le Verney in Martigny.
Pioneering Gotthard project as multifunctional infrastructure
Given the large number of tunnels in Switzerland and the frequently expressed need for more extra-high voltage lines to be cabled, bundling these and other infrastructures together would seem to make sense and is envisaged in relation to individual projects. However, the synergies created by the Gotthard line cabling cannot be transferred to just any grid project.
Power lines and regional planning go hand in hand in Ticino
Thanks to the Studio Generale, Ticino has been playing a pioneering role in fostering dialogue and the search for synergies since 2013. Studio Generale is a cantonal working group that brings together Swissgrid, SBB and AET to work on a common goal: the search for synergies and optimisation of power line routes tailored to suit the landscape. The parties’ goal is to ensure the continuing security of the electricity supply in harmony with regional planning.
The transition towards sustainable energy sources requires the extra-high-voltage grid to be upgraded and expanded to comply with the amount of electricity that will need to be transmitted in the future.
On 8 January 2021, a grid frequency deviation occurred in Europe. ENTSO-E published an intermediate report on the incident on 26 February. In an interview, Markus Imhof, Head of Balancing & Scheduling, explains the role that Swissgrid played in this event.
Swissgrid and SiL have renovated their electrical facilities at the Romanel substation. The work has now been completed. Yves-André Bagnoud, Head of the Research & Project Office at Lausanne industrial Services (SiL), tells us about the history of this substation and its importance for SiL.