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Decarbonising transmission lines

Erich Kaltmann, managing director of Mosdorfer GmbH. (Image source: Mosdorfer)

Erich Kaltmann, managing director of Mosdorfer, tells Technical Review Middle East about the company’s latest innovations in the sustainability sphere

The company is highlighting its solutions at Middle East Energy as well, which is taking place from 16-18 April this year. At their booth, visitors can catch up on the latest product and system developments in the fields of transmission & distribution, substation equipment, dynamic line rating and railway catenary systems.

Erich Kaltmann, managing director of the company, spoke about Mosdorfer’s products, and the future of the industry.

Kaltmann estimates that Mosdorfer has a market share of around 50% or higher in the high voltage field, in the market. “What we see at the moment is a huge trend towards HVDC transmission lines, especially for interconnections nowadays between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Automation in the industry

“There is a new product, which we will also showcase at the Middle East Energy in April in Dubai,” said Kaltmann.

“It is our grid monitoring system, which we have developed over the past years. It is a sensor based measurement system which we can apply on each and every high voltage transmission line, directly on the conductor itself.

“It allows us to measure a lot of conditions on the line itself. We run our own analytic software and analytic tools, which give us enough information to submit recommendations on how to operate the line, in terms of optimising the utilisation of the capacity of the theoretical and the real capacity of the line.”

Adapting to new technology

“From a technology point of view, we don't have any problems adapting to the demands, which are specifically coming from the Middle East.

“While South America, Europe, and North America is where most of the decarbonisation trends are taking place, the Middle East is catching up very quickly. However supply issues due to geo-conflict remain. We are very fast in terms of developing products, which covers the local demands. From a technology point of view, our main challenges, as for everyone else, are the attacks in the Red Sea. These disrupt basically our complete supply chain,” he said.

The future

“By what we see this decentralised generation is a big trend, whether it's solar, wind-powered farms, or more demand-based production.

“We develop our products for resilience. We definitely see a trend towards more electrification and therefore the requirements for transmission lines and distribution of energy will continue to grow.”