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HVDC technology and HVDC grids

Leuven, Belgium

The University of Leuven (Belgium), along with the Technical University of Catalonia, Cardiff University and the Technical University of Denmark organised a course based on the book “HVDC Grids: For Offshore and Supergrid of the Future”, edited by the course coordinators.


In the past years, development of DC transmission has gained significant momentum as a result of two key drivers. Firstly, the development of modern conversion technology (voltage source converter) and secondly, the need for transmission of offshore wind power. Plans for the interconnection of multiple renewable power sources, loads and AC grids through DC technologies are leading to an exciting transmission concept: HVDC grids.


Carlos Ugalde, Senior lecturer at Cardiff University, presented the outcomes of the research conducted within the Demonstration 1 of Best Paths, which developed an innovative set of models and a simulation toolbox that can be used to test the integration of wind power with HVDC grids. This will help to de-risk the connection of large offshore wind farms to onshore electricity grid and to transmit large amounts of electricity with minimal losses.


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Read more about the achievements of Demo 1 for the integration of offshore wind farms