Italian power grid operator and GO15 member Terna has been awarded the International Edison Award, a world-premier recognition issued by the Edison Electric Institute, for a 190km electrical interconnection project between Piossasco (Province of Turin) and Grande-Île (Southern France). This interconnection will be the world’s longest HVDC underground cable power line installed along a motorway infrastructure, with therefore zero impact on the surrounding environment.
Once fully operational, the connection will increase the transport capacity between Italy in France by 1200 MW, reaching a maximum exchange capacity of 4350 MW, with an increase of around 40%.
It is an important step for European energy grids, which will contribute to the further integration of renewable energy production and the reduction of carbon emissions. For this reason, since 2013 the work has been included in the list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) which the European Commission has identified as a key priority to interconnect the energy infrastructure in the European Union.
Find out more here about this project.