SuperGrid Institute

Working together for energy transition

SuperGrid Institute: A world-class expert at the service of the Energy Transition.

Who are we

SuperGrid Institute is a privately owned company with expertise in high and medium voltage direct current (HVDC & MVDC) systems and technologies – key components for the energy networks of the future. Our work actively contributes to energy transition by removing the technical barriers facing the deployment of future power grids, known as “supergrids”.

We pool the expertise of specialists from numerous domains of research in a collaborative work environment equipped with state-of-the-art test platforms and resources. Industrialists and academics interact with our teams and share their knowledge, enabling us to develop acute competencies, technologies and solutions that address both small- and large-scale needs in the energy sector.

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Why a supergrid?

A supergrid is a wide-area transmission network that connects AC networks and renewable energy resources, a significant portion of which are offshore and the majority of which are located far away from the load centres. Using HVDC enables the transport of large volumes of electricity over long distances with reduced losses. The long-distance transmission lines balance out the network and contribute to its stability, also enabling interconnections among countries.
By providing technologies to interconnect HVDC grids with existing alternating current systems, SuperGrid Institute offer solutions that make it possible to manage the intermittent nature of renewable energy, ensuring stability and security within the network.
Why do we need a supergrid?

Purpose & activities

Our purpose

We are an independent private company, experts in innovative power systems. We provide technological solutions and services for our clients and partners to accelerate the development of future power grids and the massive integration of renewable energies.

Our activities

  • We identify and address the technological challenges faced by our partners and customers.

  • We co-develop solutions and products with European industrial and academic partners.

  • We offer high value-added testing, expertise and research services.
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An Institute for Energy Transition

SuperGrid Institute is an Institute for Energy Transition. In France, ITE are interdisciplinary innovation and research centres dedicated to exploring new energy technologies. They pool expertise from public and private companies, academic organisations and laboratories with the aim of defining and driving research programmes, creating value for research results, and contributing to life-long and professional training in the field of energy transition.

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Governance

The richness and variety of our team is reflected in the scientific and strategic committees that guide our activities:

  • President: Michel Augonnet

  • Managing Director: Hubert de la Grandière

  • Chief Technology Officer: Bruno Luscan

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SuperGrid Institute's unique environment creates the opportunity for numerous specialists from different domains of research to interact and share their knowledge.

Our shareholders & partners

Industrial shareholders

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersAs a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the transport sector. Alstom offers a complete range of solutions (from high-speed trains to metros, tramways and e-buses), passenger solutions, customized services (maintenance, modernisation), infrastructure, signaling and digital mobility solutions.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersThe EDF Group is one of the world’s foremost electricity companies, embracing all of the different electricity-related activities, from generation to commerce. It is the global leader in nuclear generation, the European leader in hydropower, and a front-rank player in other renewables. It has the best low-carbon energy mix of any of the world’s major electricity companies, proving that it is possible to generate three-quarters of its electricity with zero CO2 emissions, and to do so competitively.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersGE’s Grid Solutions business serves customers globally with over 17,000 employees in approximately 80 countries. Grid Solutions helps enable utilities and industry to effectively manage electricity from the point of generation to the point of consumption, helping to maximize the reliability, efficiency and resiliency of the grid.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersGE Hydro’s portfolio of solutions for hydropower generation includes the broadest range of hydro solutions and services: from water to wire, from individual equipment to complete turnkey solutions, for new plants and the installed base.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersAs a global leader in advanced cabling and connectivity solutions, Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of best-in-class products and innovative services. For over 120 years, innovation has been the company’s hallmark, enabling Nexans to drive a safer, smarter and more efficient future together with its customers.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersSince 1933, Vettiner is based in Lyon (France) and improves its know-how in the design and manufacture of extreme measuring solutions intended for the sectors of energy, transportation, electrical industries, services and laboratories. Specialized in measuring solutions for qualification (R&D, QMS, types tests…), tests in series (production, routine tests…), off-line field tests, on-line field and connected tests, Vettiner operates its activity in quite one hundred countries in the world and became a world leader on several fields of expertise (HV standard capacitors up to 1 200 kV, Accurate Schering Bridges, Inter-turn surge testers, ratio and phase angle testers on all kinds of transformers…).

Academic & Institutions shareholders

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersCentraleSupélec, a Public Institution of a scientific, cultural and professional nature, was created by the merging of Ecole Centrale Paris and Supélec in January 2015.Today, CentraleSupélec consists of 3 campuses in France. It has 4,300 students, 3,200 being engineering students, and includes 17 laboratories or research teams. As an international School, CentraleSupélec is also located in China, India and Morocco; has 5 international laboratories. CentraleSupélec is a reference center in the field of engineering sciences and systems and a leading School in higher education and research, ranked among the best institutions in the world. CentraleSupélec is a founding member of Paris-Saclay University and chairs the Ecole Centrale Group.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersThe mission of Ecole Centrale de Lyon is to educate its students to become generalist engineers and multi-disciplined post-graduate leaders in their field, with an open-minded, wide-ranging vision of the world. Along with a fundamental basis of scientific and technical skills, the School combines an approach towards humanities and the social sciences that provides graduates of Ecole Centrale de Lyon with an ability to quickly acquire the competencies needed to execute the management positions and international roles they may hold in the future.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersGrenoble INP comprises six schools of engineering whose mission is to prepare tomorrow’s engineers to meet future challenges in energy, the digital world, micro and nanotechnologies, the environment and industry. Grenoble INP is engaged in world-class research in  37  laboratories and six technology platforms in Université Grenoble Alpes. Since its creation, Grenoble INP has closely collaborated with industry, thereby contributing to technological advances and innovative solutions.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersINSA Lyon is one of the largest engineering graduate schools in Europe, and operates a fully integrated Education, Research and Innovation approach. Located on the LyonTech campus, INSA Lyon delivers every year more than 1000 engineering degrees equivalent to the Master degree, over 300 other master’s degrees and around 150 PhDs. Since its creation in 1957, the international development has been essential, through more than 250 bilateral agreements for academic and research partnerships. Organised around 6 poles of competences involving 21 laboratories, research at INSA Lyon involves over 800 researchers and professors, 650 PhD students and carries over a thousand industrial contracts.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersA university at the cutting edge of innovation, Lyon 1 delivers highquality education and research excellence within an attractive environment. Its international reach extends through the fields of science, technology, health and sport. Lyon 1 is also a university that is committed to support, creation and sharing with respect to everyone within its community.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersThe Université Grenoble Alpes is a major player in higher education and research in France. As the world is becoming more and more competitive, the institution aims to better respond to the challenges the world poses universities today and in the future, and to be more visible and attractive internationally. The Université Grenoble Alpes already features in the top 100 and top 200 universities in major international rankings (Reuters, Shanghai, Times Higher Education and QS for example) for some of its scientific fields.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersUniversité Paris-Saclay offers a complete and varied range of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees, whose quality is recognised internationally thanks to the reputation of its research and the commitment of its teaching staff. Its constituent faculties and component institutions further expand this offer with cutting-edge thematic training in science and engineering, life sciences and health, social sciences and humanities.

Public shareholder

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersBanque des Territoires, a unique structure, has been created to modernize the French territories, fight against the inequality that affects them and take concrete action to serve the public interest. In order for the nation’s transformation to be beneficial for all, Banque des Territoires provides customized financial and support solutions to all its clients : local authorities, local public companies, social housing agencies and legal professions.

Associated laboratories

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersThanks to its focus on engineering sciences, Grenoble INP University owns state-of-the-art facilities distributed in various research laboratories. The CREMHyG is one of them. It is a hydraulic machinery research and test center, dedicated to the development of Turbo Machines for the sector of energy, with several experimental test rig (TM1 to TM5).

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersThe Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory covers the whole spectrum of the electrical engineering science, from materials to systems, from processes to actuators, from micro systems to large power systems, from production to usage of electrical power. Throughout its history, G2Elab has been driven by simple guidelines: expand its expertize, capitalize on its research, develop new concepts and transfer knowledge to companies, relying on an intimate knowledge of materials and a proven ability to model and simulate devices of Electrical Engineering.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersAmpère is a research laboratory from CNRS and Université de Lyon. We can find the Ampère laboratory in three sites: the Ecole Centrale de Lyon at Ecully, the INSA Lyon and the Université Lyon 1 in Villeurbanne. The main objective of its Electrical Energy Department is to create and optimize the devices for the transmission, distribution and conversion of electric power taking into account their environment.

Logo SuperGrid Institute's partnersL2S knowhow is broad in exact sciences and engineering: automatic control, signal processing (image, voice, vision), CAD, modelling, optimisation, wavelets, physical systems, applied math, electrotechnics, mechatronics, energy … Its activities cover all these areas and more through edge-cutting research and development, project management, teaching and training. L2S is organized in four groups of comparable size: the Control group, the Sigals group, the Networks group.

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