Who are we?
T&D Europe, the first European Association of the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Equipment and Services Industry, aims to promote the common technical, industrial economic, environmental and political interests of the European electricity transmission and distribution manufacturing, and product derives solutions industry.
T&D Europe was created in March 2008 by the merger of two European committees: CAPIEL HV and COTREL. It represents all relevant European national associations. The companies represented by T&D Europe account for a production worth over € 25 billion, and employ over 200.000 people in Europe.
T&D Europe is a driver for advanced solutions and technologies in the field of electricity networks, encouraging an energy-and cost-efficient as well as an environmentally friendly infrastructure.
Grid digitisation and interconnection in focus at the T&D Europe event “Reinventing electricity”
T&D Europeheld its annual energy policy event in Brussels on 29 November. Focusing this year on how to best respond to the Energy Union ambitious goals by the means of digitisation and interconnection, our “Reinventing electricity” conference gathered around 100 attendees from the EU institutions, the grid technology industry and energy regulators.
In his keynote speech Kilian Gross, from the Digital Society and Industry Commissioner Gunther Oettinger’s cabinet, underlined the importance of the energy sector in the digitisation process on the industry and the profound changes this revolution will bring to energy generators, transmitters and consumers in the near future.
In the panel discussions, Commissions officials outlined their objectives and vision for the new electricity grid, in a dialogue with Members of the European Parliament bringing society concerns in the heart of the debate. Grid technology industry CEOs provided their experience on the groundin digitisation and interconnection development in and outside the EU, and their views on how to keep EU innovation at the forefront of the world’s clean energy technology.
T&D Europe in EU events
The T&D Europe President Gerhard Seyrling participated on 23 June 2016 in the second Energy Infrastructure Forum, in his presentation he insisted that “speed of deployment is of utmost importance and not sufficient today. Whereas the European T&D industry has done its homework by developing many solutions to support the energy transition over the past 10 years, It is now up to policy makers and networks operators to accelerate deployment”.
The T&D Europe Vice President Bertrand Hugoo participated on 1 June 2016 in a workshop organised by the EG3 of the European Commission Smart Grid Task Force, in his presentation he underlined that the manufacturers of innovative electrical grid technologies represented by T&D Europe are in a position to support users (TSOs, DSOs, Power Generators of any kind, prosumers and consumers) in moving to widespread implementation of innovative solutions enabling European grids to support the political targets”.
Horizon 2020 projects
The PROMOTioN project, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, was launched in January 2016.
The project’s objective is to analyse the positive effects of a joint offshore electricity infrastructure based on meshed HVDC (high-voltage direct current) grid technology. T&D Europe is partner of the project consortium, supporting the execution of advisory activities and facilitating the discussion among companies. Three key technologies will be developed and demonstrated: diode rectifier offshore converters, multi-vendor HVDC grid protection system, and the full power testing of HVDC circuit breakers. Furthermore, a regulatory and financial framework will be developed for coordinated planning, construction and operation of integrated offshore infrastructures, including an offshore grid deployment roadmap for a future offshore grid system in Europe.
Project website: www.promotion-offshore.net
T&D Europe Press Release on the Winter Package Brussels, 30 November 2016
Harmonized Cyber Security standards for the European Union Electric Grid Brussels, 29 November 2016
ETIP “Smart Networks For The Energy Transition”: Joint Industry Input for 3rd Governing Board Meeting Brussels, 13 September 2016
T&D Europe appoints new Secretary General Brussels, 20 September 2016
T&D Europe Position paper on EU future electricity market design Brussels, 19 July 2016
R&D Strategy for the EU Energy Union Brussels, 14 July 2016
Position on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme Revision Brussels, 13 July 2016
Press Release: First anniversary of the Ecodesign Regulation for transformers Brussels, 4 July 2016
Research, Innovation, and Competitiveness Strategy for the Energy Union Brussels, 31 May 2016
2016, time to deliver an ambitious power market reform Brussels, 5 April 2016