World’s first UHV testing facility officially launched

The Netherlands, Arnhem: Energy experts and certification body DNV GL have officially opened an expanded and upgraded KEMA High-Power Laboratory (HPL) which is the world’s first facility capable of testing ultra-high voltage (UHV) electrical grid components.

Following a €70 million investment, the extended test facility is capable of testing power transformers up to 800 kV and switchgear up to 1200 kV, DNV GL stated in a press release.

The new laboratory is expected to help the power industry’s successful transition to so-called “super grids” for a safe and reliable supply to meet rapidly growing demand for sustainable electricity.

Source: DNV GL