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DNV GL tests high voltage 

Upgraded Arnhem facility provide power to examine super grid components 

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DNV GL has officially opened an upgraded laboratory in the Netherlands for testing ultra-high voltage (UHV) electrical grid components.

The company said it invested €70m in the upgrade of the KEMA high-power laboratory in Arnhem.

“The new lab will help the power industry successfully transition to so-called ‘super grids’ for a safe and reliable supply to meet rapidly growing demand for sustainable electricity,” DNV GL said.

It added that the facility will give industry access to the extreme power and voltage levels needed to test the UHV components that are being used to build super grids.

DNV GL energy business chief executive Ditlev Engel said: “Today we celebrate both the opening of the world’s first facility for testing super grid components and 90 years of our involvement in the electricity transmission and distribution sector through our KEMA laboratories.”

Siemens Transformers chief executive Beatrix Natter said: “The ability to test UHV components under realistic conditions will facilitate the industry’s transition to the super grid age with real confidence.” 

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