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PROMOTioN - Progress on Meshed HVDC Offshore Transmission Networks

Objective

In order to unlock the full potential of Europe’s offshore resources, network infrastructure is urgently required, linking off-shore wind parks and on-shore grids in different countries. HVDC technology is envisaged but the deployment of meshed HVDC offshore grids is currently hindered by the high cost of converter technology, lack of experience with protection systems and fault clearance components and immature international regulations and financial instruments. PROMOTioN will overcome these barriers by development and demonstration of three key technologies, a regulatory and financial framework and an offshore grid deployment plan for 2020 and beyond. A first key technology is presented by Diode Rectifier offshore converter. This concept is ground breaking as it challenges the need for complex, bulky and expensive converters, reducing significantly investment and maintenance cost and increasing availability. A fully rated compact diode rectifier converter will be connected to an existing wind farm. The second key technology is an HVDC grid protection system which will be developed and demonstrated utilising multi-vendor methods within the full scale Multi-Terminal Test Environment. The multi-vendor approach will allow DC grid protection to become a “plug-and-play” solution. The third technology pathway will first time demonstrate performance of existing HVDC circuit breaker prototypes to provide confidence and demonstrate technology readiness of this crucial network component. The additional pathway will develop the international regulatory and financial framework, essential for funding, deployment and operation of meshed offshore HVDC grids. With 35 partners PROMOTioN is ambitious in its scope and advances crucial HVDC grid technologies from medium to high TRL. Consortium includes all major HVDC and wind turbine manufacturers, TSO’s linked to the North Sea, offshore wind developers, leading academia and consulting companies.

Coordinator

DNV GL NETHERLANDS B.V.

Address

Utrechtseweg 310
6800 Et Arnhem

Netherlands

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 7 314 051,18

KEMA NEDERLAND BV

Address

Utrechtseweg 310
6812 Ar Arnhem

Netherlands

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Participants (34)

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ABB AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 2 289 309,13

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 1 292 187,50

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 994 546,25

EIRGRID PLC

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 32 550

SUPERGRID INSTITUTE

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 520 028,37

DEUTSCHE WIND GUARD GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 330 400

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC EUROPE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 722 312,50

AFFARSVERKET SVENSKA KRAFTNAT

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 64 750

UK GRID SOLUTIONS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 353 325

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 280 721,25

RTE RESEAU DE TRANSPORT D'ELECTRICITE

France

EU Contribution

€ 207 900

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 339 033,08

EQUINOR ASA

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 199 281,25

TENNET TSO BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 757 723,94

STIFTUNG DER DEUTSCHEN WIRSCHAFT FUER DIE NUTZUNG UND ERFORSCHUNG DER WINDENERGIE AUF SEE (OFFSHORE-STIFTUNG)

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 302 500

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 174 506,86

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 1 602 208,28

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 4 142 004,73

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 729 032,50

FORSCHUNGSGEMEINSCHAFT FUER ELEKTRISCHE ANLAGEN UND STROMWIRTSCHAFT E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 580 888,13

ORSTED WIND POWER A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 101 218,75

THE CARBON TRUST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 364 250

TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 1 028 699,27

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 355 000

IBERDROLA RENOVABLES ENERGIA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 60 799,38

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DE L'INDUSTRIE DES EQUIPEMENTS ET DES SERVICES DE TRANSMISSION ET DE DISTRIBUTION D'ELECTRICITE AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 80 850

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 740 100

ADWEN OFFSHORE S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 23 409,83

PRYSMIAN

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 117 254,54

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 261 250

MHI VESTAS OFFSHORE WIND AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 309 724,88

ENERGINET.DK

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 203 070

SCOTTISH HYDRO ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 463 420

SCIBREAK AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 142 625

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 691714

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 42 811 164,36

  • EU contribution

    € 34 480 931,60

Coordinated by:

DNV GL NETHERLANDS B.V.

Netherlands