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Innovative tools for offshore wind and DC grids

Innovative tools for offshore wind and DC grids

Objective

Europe’s power system has seen significant changes in recent decades, notably the development of renewable energy sources. However, this transition is far from complete, and further changes are essential to make our energy system ready to play its part in realising the climate goals set at COP21. At present, renewable energy sources are increasing their share of electricity generation. This is particularly the case for offshore wind energy. InnoDC's 14 participants prepare 15 early career researchers to play their role in the energy transition that will take place over the next 20-40 years.
The project focusses on the development of the electricity transmission system, targeting the connection of offshore wind, the integration of offshore wind with the existing power system (including the use of HVDC), and the operation of the future power system where large scale wind is connected to a hybrid AC and DC power system.
Technological development for offshore wind is ongoing. This research project focusses on the models and methodologies for the integration of these new technologies (e.g. offshore wind turbines, VSC HVDC converters, long AC cables) into the power system.
Challenges in these areas will be addressed in this project: firstly, these new devices behave inherently differently to traditional power system components. Secondly, the multi-actor/intersectoral nature of these systems means that they have distinct elements and devices interfacing with each other, each with limited information of the overall system.
The project will train the researchers in developing prototype tools to aid the developers and users of these new energy systems.
This training network aims to train the researchers of the future in the pivotal sector of renewable energy and grid technology, which is largely led by research and industry. This project prepares the researchers of tomorrow to maintain Europe’s position of leadership in renewable, smart energy and tackling climate change.
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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

€ 1 093 151,52

Participants (8)

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UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 743 618,88

CONTROL INTEL-LIGENT DE L'ENERGIA SCCL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 238 356,36

EFACEC ENERGIA - MAQUINAS E EQUIPAMENTOS ELECTRICOS SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 238 356,36

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 580 163,76

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 250 560

CG HOLDINGS BELGIUM NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 250 560

ELIA SYSTEM OPERATOR

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 250 560

Partners (6)

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Vattenfall

TOSHIBA International (Europe) Ltd

FRIENDS OF THE SUPERGRID

CHINA ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SEAL) SOE

RED ELECTRICA DE ESPANA S.A.U.

NATIONAL GRID ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION PLC

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 765585

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2017

  • End date

    31 August 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 893 199,84

  • EU contribution

    € 3 893 199,84

Coordinated by:

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom