France and Spain have just completed a historic milestone for energy. The first trans-Europe energy converting line has just begun construction, meaning that this is the first time in Europe that an electricity link of this power is using innovative VSC (voltage source converter) technology. What does this mean for the future of energy sending across borders? The ability to convert alternating to direct current very rapidly. Since alternating energy does not have one direct route, and constantly changes direction, it is not ideal for long travel; direct energy usage is usually costly, but since it only moves in one direction, is the better alternative for long-distance travel.
By being able to first use direct energy transport and then convert it into alternative energy once it gets within a certain region, Europeans will be able to double the amount of energy they are able to use. Along with doubling energy between Spain, and ideally, the rest of Europe outside of France, the new line will hopefully improve the reliability of the European power supply system, and promote the production and commercialisation of electricity from renewable energy sources.
With job creation looking to be at the forefront of many European policy-maker's agendas, the building of the line along the smaller provinces of Santa Llogaia (near Figueras) and Baixas (near Perpignan), this improvement is expected to be seen, if only on a temporary basis. More concretely, the promise of a new high-speed rail line – powered by higher energy – from Barcelona may not only encourage new jobs, but also encourage increased tourist volumes in these two areas.