Supporting Greater Integration of Renewable Energy & Cross Border Trade in the Mediterranean Region
About TuNur Italy
TuNur Italy is a 2,000MW transmission line purposefully built to deliver low cost baseload solar power from TuNur’s hybrid solar facility in Southern Tunisia, to the heart of the European network from 2028.
TuNur’s hybrid solar facility will be situated in the Tunisian desert where solar resources are extremely high enabling the most efficient integration of solar PV and solar CSP, with thermal storage. The combination of these two technologies enables the plant to produce low cost solar power 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
To deliver the power to private buyers in Europe the TuNur Italy dedicated transmission line will connect the power plant to the European network via Terna’s HV network in Italy.
The transmission line is based on High Voltage Direct Current technology combining +/-500kV DC architecture and VSC (Voltage Source Control) HVDC converter technology. The project will consist of two independent 1,000MW bipolar systems providing a high reliability and efficiency of the transmission system.
HVDC technology is a key driver for increased cross border electricity transfer and renewable energy deployment. There is growing demand from Europe to enhance transmission and integration with neighbouring regions including North Africa.
> 4.8M Tonnes
The HVDC transmission line starts with the connection point to the solar power plant in Southern Tunisia and then runs North to a landfall point in Northern Tunisia before moving via submarine line to a landing point at Montalto di Castro, just north of Rome, in Italy. The transmission architecture is based on two independent VSC bipolar HVDC systems whereby each system has two transmission cables.
The TuNur Italy project will faciliate many benefits to Tunisia, Italy and Europe by enabling the investment in signficant amounts of new renewable energy capacity capable of producing low cost baseload zero carbon power. The project will also generate signficant investment, job creation and socio-economic development in Tunisia and the region.
HVDC technology is used to transfer a large amount of energy over long distances facilitating the transfer of electricity from high-capacity generation plants to the local networks where the energy is consumed.
HVDC transmission system presents many advantages for transiting large capacities over long distances including low losses; system reliability and flexibility. HVDC provides an economic solution for long distances with minimal low losses, suitability for underwater applications and ability to manage instabilities.
For this reason, HVDC technology is a key driver for increased cross border electricity interconnection and renewable energy deployment.
As of today there are a large number of cross border HVDC projects ongoing in Europe and globally, for both on land and subsea applications.
TuNur Italy has been included in the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (“ENTSO-E”) Ten Year Network Development Plan for 2020 (“TYNDP 2020”) under Project No.283