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2022-06-23 press release

Now online: map of Germany’s extra-high-voltage grid

The VDE FNN map provides the first interactive look at the state of Germany’s grid expansion. Planning is complete for three “electricity highways” – a crucial step for getting more wind energy into Germany’s power grid.

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(Berlin, June 23, 2022) Our power grid is being expanded at the extra-high-voltage level to enable the accelerated conversion of Germany’s electricity system to renewable energy sources. For the first time, it is now possible to follow the progress online. The VDE FNN map of Germany’s extra-high-voltage grid shows that planning is complete for the three high-voltage direct current (HVDC) lines. These lines – key infrastructure for efficiently transporting wind energy from the north of Germany to load centers in the south – are now marked with start and end points. The A-Nord/Ultranet line will run from Emden/Ost via Osterath to Philippsburg; the SuedLink line will run from Brunsbüttel to Großgartach and from Wilster to Bergrheinfeld/West; and the SuedOstLink line will run from Wolmirstedt to the Isar substation near Landshut.

Zooming in on the power grid: digital map

In addition to the wall map at a scale of 1:600,000, which will be available in the VDE Shop starting in summer 2022, there is also a digital version of the map with a maximum scale of 1:200,000 (depending on the screen size and resolution). Users can zoom in on the online map to view power lines, substations, power plants and their surroundings in detail. Clicking on a line reveals its voltage level, whether it is operational or in planning/under construction, and how many circuits it has. For substations and power plants, the status is also displayed (operational, in planning, under construction) along with the energy source (for power plants) and name.

Further plans to increase transmission capacity

Plans to continue increasing the extra-high-voltage transmission capacity include upgrades from 220 kV to 380 kV lines as part of the government’s push to optimize the power grid before reinforcing and expanding it. Examples of currently planned sections include Vieselbach – Wolkramshausen – Lauchstädt in Thuringia/Saxony-Anhalt and Altheim – Ludersheim – Raitersaich in Bavaria.

The online map of Germany’s extra-high-voltage grid will be updated annually by VDE FNN and the four transmission system operators 50Hertz Transmission, Amprion, TenneT TSO and TransnetBW. The print version is updated every two years. It covers extra-high-voltage lines carrying 380 and 220 kilovolts (three-phase current), HVDC lines, interconnecting lines crossing Germany’s borders and offshore grid connections. Existing lines and those being built or planned are marked accordingly. A free overview map (in German) is available to download at www.vde.com/de/fnn/fnn-netzplan

About VDE FNN 

The Network Technology and Operation Forum within VDE (VDE FNN) develops the electricity grids with foresight. The aim is to ensure reliable system operation at all times with 100 percent renewable energies. VDE FNN makes innovative technologies practicable and provides answers to the grid technology challenges of tomorrow. Here, various specialist groups with different interests work together on solutions. Its members are over 480 manufacturers, grid operators, suppliers, system operators, authorities, and scientific institutions. 

For more information, visit www.vde.com/fnn

About VDE

VDE, one of the largest technology organizations in Europe, has been regarded as a synonym for innovation and technological progress for more than 130 years. VDE is the only organization in the world that combines science, standardization, testing, certification, and application consulting under one umbrella. The VDE mark has been synonymous with the highest safety standards and consumer protection for more than 100 years. 

Our passion is the advancement of technology, the next generation of engineers and technologists, and lifelong learning and career development “on the job”. Within the VDE network more than 2,000 employees at over 60 locations worldwide, more than 100,000 honorary experts, and around 1,500 companies are dedicated to ensuring a future worth living: networked, digital, electrical.  
Shaping the e-dialistic future. 

The VDE (VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies) is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main. For more information, visit www.vde.com