SuperGrid Institute is a collaborative research platform in the field of low-carbon energy, bringing together the expertise of industry and public research, and promoting public-private investment and close cooperation between stakeholders.
The institute develops technologies for Supergrids - future electricity transmission networks for transporting gigawatts of energy over distances of up to several thousand kilometres. Supergrids will allow energy from renewable sources, which are often offshore or in remote locations, to be used where it’s needed, in industrial zones and in cities. They will help to manage the intermittent nature of renewable energy and also to ensure the stability and security of the networks.
To transmit power as efficiently as possible supergrids will use direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) at very high voltages (around one million volts). The institute is supporting this with research into conversion technologies, grid architecture, fault protection, cables and lines, and stabilisation and storage.