Andreas Mölich, Senior Manager
TenneT owns and operates over 25,000 km of high-voltage lines and cables and delivers electricity to 43 million domestic and business users. They are now modernizing their infrastructure to meet the growing electricity demand associated with the energy transition.
“To enable the integration of renewable energies into the transmission grid via the distribution grid, we need a significant number of new high-performance transformers. With today's signing of the framework contract, we enable the construction and modernization of our substations. This investment is crucial for ensuring sustainable electricity supply in Germany and the Netherlands", said Tim Meyerjürgens, COO of TenneT.
Hitachi Energy will supply power transformers and shunt reactors for the German part of the program, a significant share of the total investment. They will be produced in Europe leveraging Hitachi Energy's wide design, production, and service footprint with facilities within European countries.
Using fossil-free electricity in our manufacturing premises and low-carbon emission materials will improve the transformers and reactors' overall sustainability performance, contributing to the responsible use of natural resources.
"We are proud to be part of Germany’s massive grid infrastructure development as we advance toward a sustainable energy future for all. In the race toward net zero, we must act fast with new ways of collaboration and strong partnerships like this, committing with the entire value chain to deliver the scale and speed needed to decarbonize energy systems"
Norbert Beatrix, Head of Hitachi Energy Transformers Business in Europe
The agreement is another important milestone of Hitachi Energy and TenneT's strategic partnership, resulting in new ways of accelerating the energy transition through impactful programs. Just to cite an example, the 2 GW offshore wind project in coastal Germany and the Nether-lands is ongoing, with Hitachi Energy pioneering high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology to contribute to the world's most ambitious offshore wind initiative with multiple offshore and on-shore HVDC converter stations.