In recent weeks, northwestern Europe has experienced extreme flooding, especially in countries such as Germany, France and the Netherlands. The large amount of rainfall and increased meltwater are leading to alarming water levels. These rising water levels pose a threat not only to nature but also to vital systems such as the power grid.
An example of this vulnerability was seen in 2021, when parts of the southern Netherlands, Germany and Belgium were hit by floods. These events confronted us with the dependence on electricity in our daily lives. After all, without electricity, almost everything falls silent: from lighting and communications to crucial systems such as water purification and healthcare.
Stormy times call for solid connections
To reduce this dependence and make our power grid more resilient to extreme weather events, it is essential to invest in a strong and robust underground power grid. Cable joints play an important role in grid reliability. The LoviSil® cable joint uses liquid silicone technology and offers optimal protection to the cables. What really sets this cable joint apart from other technologies is its ability to withstand a water pressure of 2 bar, or 20 meters.
It is up to the government to work with stakeholders to make society less vulnerable when it comes to the changing climate. Let’s not only strengthen levees to protect us from rising water, but also invest in technological solutions that make our power grid resistant to the force of nature.
Utilities can play a role in this by investing in the right components for the power grid. LoviSil® cable joints can play a crucial role in securing our energy infrastructure and ensuring a stable society, especially in times of rising water levels.