SuperGrid Institute is coordinator
of the European project HVDC-WISE

The HVDC-WISE project was officially launched on the 10th of October with a kick-off meeting assembling all project partners in Lyon (France), hosted by SuperGrid Institute, the project coordinator. This new European project – part of the Horizon Europe 21-22 framework – will foster the development of large HVDC-based transmission grid infrastructures, to improve the resilience and reliability of existing electrical systems and facilitate the integration of forthcoming large amounts of renewable energy.

The Horizon Europe HVDC-WISE project aims to achieve these ambitious objectives by developing a complete reliability-&-resilience-oriented grid-expansion planning toolset and identifying different HVDC-based grid architecture concepts that can be readily deployed in widespread AC/DC system development plans.

“HVDC-WISE will provide, on one hand, a set of technology-based solutions to leverage the full potential of HVDC systems to improve the resilience of transmission systems and, on the other hand, the necessary tools for system operators to de-risk future investments in HVDC systems planned for their network expansion.” comments Juan Carlos Gonzalez, expert in Power Systems at SuperGrid Institute.

This exciting project, coordinated by SuperGrid Institute, brings together 13 partners for a period of 42 months of collaborative work.

Delegates of each of the project partners came together in Lyon on the 10th of October for the kick-off meeting. The following day was dedicated to the first work package workshops that took place at SuperGrid Institute’s headquarters. During the day, the delegates had the opportunity to visit the Institute’s facilities and platforms.

These two days, rich in exchanges, allowed the delegates to get to know each other and begin their work together.

Coordinator and leader of several work packages

SuperGrid Institute, a leading expert in DC technologies, is not only the project coordinator but is also leading a work package to identify, assess and model emerging technologies for HVDC-based grid architecture concepts. These concepts are necessary for the deep deployment and integration of hybrid AC/DC transmission grids.

In addition to these responsibilities, the French Institute for Energy Transition will also lead the activities surrounding protection concepts for AC/DC architectures, notably through the validation of control and protection concepts within the realistic test case: “Multipurpose HVDC grid for offshore wind integration and interarea energy trade”. This task will be based not only on EMT simulations, but also on real-time and Hardware-in-the-Loop experiments using SuperGrid Institute’s test platform.

SuperGrid Institute will also be involved in several other tasks, notably the control of AC/DC architectures and the development of tools for techno-economic analyses.

Project participants: SuperGrid Institute, TenneT TSO, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, University of Strathclyde, RWTH Aachen, EPRI Europe, TU Delft, Engie Impact, University of Cyprus, RSE, Energinet, Amprion & Statnett.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101075424.