Does France consider an HVDC grid connection to French Guyana?

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Sep 05, 2022 09:22 PM 0 Answers
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An aspect that seems to plague the idea of a European supergrid for electricity (i.e. the concept of a renewables-dominated electricity grid with continental or even intercontinental interconnectedness through High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) cables to address the intermittency of the local renewable power generation) is the fact that in the evening time, there is not much land to the west of Spain/Portugal/UK to extract solar energy from. So trouble might arise on such evenings if e.g. simultaneously the wind stalls above the North Sea.

However, it seems possible to go next level with those HVDC cables and bridge entire oceans with them. When I started thinking what kind of options this could imply for Europe I was quickly reminded that France has a piece of land in Guyana, apparently with acceptable irradiation characteristics. Does France have any plans for such a connection? Is there any public debate on this inside of France?

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