Decarbonizing Europe and Solving The Energy Crisis Charted In A New Book

Authors predict that a supergrid will provide endless amounts of clean power at low prices to consumers.

Supergrid Super Solution will be launched by Tánaiste Micheál Martin at the Examinations Hall in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday February 23rd  at 6pm.

This book can change the world. It is the encapsulation of a big idea that solves the energy crisis and decarbonises Europe through unprecedented collaboration between countries.  It is the trigger for transformational change in generating clean energy at a scale never seen before.

Europe has more than enough renewable energy resources but its current electricity grid is not fit for purpose; an innovative pan-European Supergrid (using proven superconductor technology) is required.

Connecting Europe’s northern windfarms – especially offshore in the Atlantic – with its southern solar PV capacity around the Mediterranean via this Supergrid will cost in excess of €900 billion yet can generate a payback within 7.8 years, according to new analysis in Supergrid – Super Solution.

Harnessing the abundance of renewable energy, particular off the west coast of Ireland, and distributing it across Europe via the Supergrid is a radical solution bringing energy security and ending wildly fluctuating fossil fuel prices across the Continent, it concludes.

Authors, Eddie O’Connor (founder of Airtricity, Mainstream Renewable Power and SuperNode) and Kevin O’Sullivan (former editor of The Irish Times and current Environment & Science Editor) launch this ground-breaking book in Dublin today. They explain how this plan will also boost the Irish economy significantly, creating jobs, leading to the exporting of surplus energy and, ultimately, solving the energy crisis forever.

“There are many countries in Europe which have not got sufficient renewable resources to decarbonise their economies. There are others, such as Ireland with huge potential surpluses.  There is currently no way of getting wind and solar renewably generated electricity from remote areas at the edge of the continent to those countries which want to decarbonise but don’t have the means to do so from their own resources.

There can be no transition to decarbonisation without the Supergrid, none whatever.

In this book, Supergrid – Super Solution, we lay out the way to build the European Supergrid.”

Kevin O’Sullivan commented: “I fervently believe the Supergrid concept is ‘the big solution’ called for when the EU unveiled its European Green Deal to decarbonise the EU. It is even more critical in the wake of the Ukraine war, and can become ‘the great facilitator’ under the REPowerEU initiative to generate affordable, secure and sustainable energy for Europe.”

The unique elements in this book are its comprehensive costing of a European Supergrid backed by a detailed outline of how it can be rolled out with a new regulatory structure and combined with reform of the European electricity market. It proposes the putting in place a not-for-profit governance structure to oversee development of the Supergrid in a transnational initiative for the collective benefit of European consumers.

The final chapter in Supergrid – Super Solution makes a compelling case for phasing out fossil fuels rapidly and appeals to young people everywhere to challenge and demand changes with greater urgency in the face of accelerating climate and biodiversity crises – in particular, scaling up rollout of offshore wind and solar PV tied in with the pursuit of a new European Supergrid.

This book is not an academic work on an obscure possibility of electrical engineering. It is packed with graphics, facts, figures and calculations, yet written in a way that is accessible to its audience of political decision makers, influencers, investors and anyone interested in sustainability.

‘Pursuing this path needs great courage and leadership from politicians of all persuasions. It requires
relentless commitment from energy companies (both state and private); green investors,
scientists and engineers. It is a task beyond one country; beyond one company. It requires
collective action in the best interests of all and the natural environment where we have our being.’

What others say about the book:
 “We stand on the cusp of the deepest, fastest energy transformation in human history.”
Pat Cox, former European Parliament President  
“This book marries aspiration of clean energy and hard facts.” Andris Piebalgs, former European Commissioner for Energy
“An exciting volume – none of this is easy, but some of it is simple and utterly necessary.”
Bill McKibben, Environmentalist