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Enabling grid integration of renewables at ICAE 2017 in Cardiff

22 August 2017 – “Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Systems using Direct Current Technologies” is one of the Special Sessions at the 9th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE 2017), held between the 21st and 24th August 2017 in Cardiff, UK. This Special Session looks into the replacement of so-called conventional “synchronous” generation provided by coal and gas plants to ensure the stability of electricity grids, with low-carbon technologies. The uptake of this kind of solutions has been accelerated over the last years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change.


The session places a particular focus on the grid integration of renewable energy using novel technologies based on Direct Current systems. This topic is currently investigated by the 1st of the 5 large-scale Demonstrations of the EU-funded Best Paths research project. The Best Paths project is developing and testing high-voltage grid technologies allowing larger capacity and flexibility of the network, and further integration of renewable energies into Europe’s energy mix.


The Special Session is chaired by Dr Carlos Ugalde, Principal Investigator for Cardiff University within Demo #1 of Best Paths, as Academics of Cardiff University are part of the Local Organising Committee of ICAE 2017.


On top of the latest innovations on offshore wind grid integration in Best Paths, the attendees of the session could learn about other large research projects in the field of transmission network upgrade, such as PROMOTiON and ANGLE DC.


Speakers in the Special Session include Dr Andrea Pitto (RSE S.p.A., Italy, representing Best Paths); Dr Max Parker (University of Strathclyde, Scotland, representing Best Paths); Dr Willem Leterme (KU Leuven, Belgium, representing PROMOTiON); Dr Chao Long (Cardiff University, representing ANGLE DC); Prof Bin Li (Tianjin University, China); and Dr Eduardo Prieto (UP Catalonia, Spain).

Dr. Max Parker, University of Strathclyde

ICAE 2017’s themes

The 9th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE 2017) follows former successful conferences held in Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, China, South Africa, Taiwan and United Arab Emirates.

The theme of ICAE2017 is "Energising the Future" and includes keynote and invited speeches, plenary sessions, oral presentations and poster sessions on the following topics:

  • Clean Energy Conversion Technologies;
  • Energy Management, Policy, Economics and Sustainability;
  • Energy Sciences;
  • Energy Storage;
  • Intelligent Energy Systems;
  • Mitigation Technologies;
  • Renewable Energy.
Dr. Andrea Pitto, RSE

Detailed description of the special session can be found in this flyer. Have a look at the conference website for further information: