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Multi-terminal DC grid for offshore wind

Objective

A DC grid based on multi-terminal voltage-source converter is a newly emerging technology, which is particularly suitable for the connection of offshore wind farms. Multi-terminal DC grids will be the key technology for the European offshore SuperGrid.

In this proposal, DC power flow, DC relaying protection, steady state operation, dynamic stability, fault-ride through capability, and impacts of DC grids on the operation of AC grids and power market will be studied. Systematic comparison of DC grid topologies and stability control strategies will be carried out. DC grids for offshore wind power transmission and onshore AC grid interconnection will be investigated. Operation and control will be evaluated using various simulation platforms and experimental test rigs. The achievements from the project will greatly contribute to integrating offshore wind power into the onshore AC grids in European countries and for the European Super Grid.

The MEDOW consortium involves 11 partners (5 universities and 6 industrial organisations). Each institution in the consortium contributes various expertise on the manufacturing, design, operation, and control of multi-terminal DC grids. Three visiting scientists of outstanding international stature will be appointed to further strengthen the training capacity and quality of MEDOW.

This project will recruit 12 early-stage researchers (ESRs) and 5 experienced researchers (ERs). These researchers will receive interdisciplinary and intersectoral trainings in different countries to improve career opportunities. Research results will be disseminated through publications, intellectual properties, and direct application in the industries.

MEDOW offers a development path to researchers across Europe in the area of DC grids, in addition to fostering greater ties between industry and academia in this key development area.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Coordinator

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 568 052,64
Administrative Contact
Rebecca Blackwell (Ms.)

Participants (11)

ALSTOM WIND S.L

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Roc Boronat 78
08005 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Sala Lluma (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 338 640,61
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mercè Torrellas (Ms.)
CINERGIA POWER SOLUTIONS SLCCL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 241 048,72
Address
Carrer Can Baletes 7 Nau A Poligon
08310 Argentona (Barcelona)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Josep Rafecas (Mr.)
ALSTOM RENOVABLES ESPAÑA S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 338 640,61
Address
Roc Boronat 78
08005 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claire Blanquet (Mrs.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 220 848,10
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mafalda Marques Moreira Soeiro (Ms.)
EFACEC ENERGIA - MAQUINAS E EQUIPAMENTOS ELECTRICOS SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 220 848,10
Address
Lugar Da Arrotela
4465 587 Leca Do Balio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nuno Silva (Dr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 344 037,10
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Vanhaeren (Ms.)
ELIA SYSTEM OPERATOR
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 244 707,10
Address
Boulevard De L'empereur 20
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hubert Lemmens (Mr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 298 946,56
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karen Hyllested Thielsen (Ms.)
CHINA ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SEAL) SOE
China
EU contribution
€ 109 767,46
Address
Xiaoyingdonglu 15 Qinghe
100192 Beijing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Xiaobo Hu (Dr.)
EFACEC ENGENHARIA E SISTEMAS SA

Participation ended

Portugal
Address
Rua Eng Frederico Ulrich Guardeiras
4470 605 Maia Porto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silva Nuno (Dr.)