Interconnectors of France, Belgium and the Netherlands
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Interconnectors of France, Belgium and the Netherlands

Interconnectors allow electricity to flow between a country with excess electricity to one with a deficit. In this Quick Insight we look at interconnectors in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Summary: An interconnector is a cable that connects the electricity systems or 'grids' of nearby countries or offshore renewable energy farms, most often offshore wind farms, to a country's grid. Interconnectors allow electricity to flow between a country with excess electricity to one with a deficit. In this Quick Insight we look at interconnectors in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Why this is important: Interconnectors will be an essential part of the electricity grid of the future. Bu, they are expensive and time consuming to build, so understanding what we have now, and how it could be used, helps decide where we should be investing our efforts for the future.

The big theme: As countries move toward electricity generation systems dominated by renewables, the need for supporting infrastructure becomes greater. This will include battery/long term storage, demand management and interconnectors, which will enable balancing renewable electricity to be brought in from adjacent regions to offset periods of local shortage.



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Interconnectors : UK and Europe

An interconnector is a cable that connects the electricity systems or 'grids' of nearby countries or offshore renewable energy farms, most often offshore wind farms, to a country's grid. Interconnectors allow electricity to flow between a country with excess electricity to one with a deficit.

The UK has interconnectors with France, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Ireland. There is also one with Denmark scheduled to go live at the end of 2023.

In this Quick Insight we'll take a look at the interconnectors that three of those countries have: France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

We introduced interconnectors in a Quick Insight recently, discussing what they are and the important role they could play in an integrated electricity system.

We also focused on the UK which has 7.4 GW capacity operational now with 8.8 GW in total expected to be live by the end of 2023.

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