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Siemens to take part in EU study to investigate a network of European wind parks based on gas-insulated power transmission lines


Erlangen, Feb 13, 2007 - As a leading manufacturer of gas-insulated lines (GIL), Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD) is taking part in a study initiated by the EU Commission. The object of this study is to investigate the feasibility of creating a reliable link from offshore wind parks to the European grid via gas-insulated, high-voltage transmission lines. The countries bordering the North Sea, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom are included in the study.

The idea is to make more effective use of wind power with the aid of a joint high-voltage network between European cities such as Hamburg, Rotterdam and London and offshore wind parks. The study will examine how far it is possible to solve the problem of irregular power generation by wind force without complicated and expensive storage technology. This North Sea network could also be used for exchanging energy in the whole region and could thus help boost electricity trading within Europe.

Siemens PTD and Submarine Cable & Pipe, a subsidiary of the Bohlen & Doyen Group together with ForWind, the Wind Power Research Center of the Universities of Oldenburg and Hanover are taking part in the study, which has a total budget of 2.1 million euros. The project will be subsidized for a period of three years with a 50 percent grant from the EU Commission to study the field of trans-European networks (Energy Report TEN-E).

The Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution Group (PTD), headquartered in Erlangen, Germany, is one of the leading global players in its market sector. As a product supplier, system integrator, solution designer and service provider, Siemens PTD ensures - for utilities and industry alike - the efficient and reliable transmission of electrical energy from the power plant to the consumer. With a worldwide workforce of about 27,500 and operations in more than 100 countries, PTD had sales of 6.5 billion euros in fiscal 2006. Further information at:

Reference number: PTD H 200702.448 e


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