Environmentally Conscious Player
We assume social responsibility and are committed to the common good. Therefore, we are actively involved in the protection of the environment and climate in our grid area. We protect flora, fauna and biodiversity, conserve natural resources and keep our energy consumption and emissions as low as possible in our business activities.
The quantities of renewable energies that we integrate and transport in our grid are constantly increasing. Therefore, 50Hertz is constantly further developing its high voltage grid. So that this has as little impact on humans and nature as possible, the so-called NOVA principle applies: Grid optimisation before reinforcement before expansion. So we only build new lines when there is no other option. Before this, we exploit all other technical options with which we can increase the capacity of the grid.
A further step in the systematic reduction of adverse effects on the environment is the development of the new type of transmission line, the so called compactLine. This line features lower mast heights, narrower routes and a solid panel mast on a smaller scale. In the future, it should allow landscape and nature interventions by overhead lines to be reduced in sensitive areas. The compactLine is a 380-kilovolt line that, due to its compact design, fits into sections of existing 220-kilovolt lines. In the fourth quarter of 2017, we began construction work on about a two-kilometre long pilot line.