35. Introduction to the Transmission Networks

  1. Prof. Detlef Stolten3,4 and
  2. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Viktor Scherer5
  1. Göran Andersson1,
  2. Thilo Krause1 and
  3. Wil Kling2

Published Online: 21 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch35

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

Transition to Renewable Energy Systems

How to Cite

Andersson, G., Krause, T. and Kling, W. (2013) Introduction to the Transmission Networks, in Transition to Renewable Energy Systems (eds D. Stolten and V. Scherer), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527673872.ch35

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, Leo-Brandt-Straße, IEF-3: Fuel Cells, 52425 Jülich, Germany

  2. 4

    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, IEK-3 Institut für En. & Klimaforschung, Wilhelm-Johnen-Str., 52428 Jülich, Germany

  3. 5

    Ruhr-Universität Bochum LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 Universitätsstr. 150 LS f. Energieanlagen, IB 3/126 44780 Bochum Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    ETH Zürich, Institut für El. Energieübertragung, ETL G 26, Physikstr. 3, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland

  2. 2

    Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering, Den Dolech 2, 5600 Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 28 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527332397

Online ISBN: 9783527673872



  • electric power;
  • power transmission systems;
  • high-voltage direct current transmission;
  • HVDC;
  • flexible AC transmission system;
  • FACTS;


The focus of this chapter is the development of the future European power system and in particular the transmission networks. The evolution of the power grid is described and the technical an operational reasons for its current structure are reviewed. The technical limitations for power transmission are briefly described and future technical developments discussed.