Carbon-Free Energy

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 8th January 2007.

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Photo of Howard Stoate Howard Stoate Labour, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research his Department has carried out into the feasibility of constructing a high-voltage direct current grid across the European region to enable the long distance transport of carbon-free energy.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry

While my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is aware that a number of academics, entrepreneurs and manufacturers have proposed an overarching "European DC Supergrid" as a means of connecting offshore wind farms in particular to existing AC power systems, no specific research on this concept has been carried out by the DTI.

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