SuperGrid Institute’s collaborative projects

Strengthening relationships: academia, industry and institutes

At SuperGrid Institute, collaboration is part of our DNA.

Our structure brings together industry and academia, and collaborative projects propel applied research forward and lead to industrial innovations that respond to market needs. National and European public bodies organise the framework for these collaborations and provide funding.

Thanks to our expertise and state-of-the-art testing facilities, we are increasingly recognised by our national and international partners for our ability to lead, innovate and deliver ideas and solutions.

At SuperGrid Institute, collaborative projects are part of our DNA, with our structure that brings together industry and academia.

Ongoing projects

ARCHIVE

The ARCHIVE (ARchitectured Ceramic for HIgh Voltage power Electronics) project aims to innovate power electronics module technologies by enabling the use of Silicon carbide (SiC) components up to 20 kV. It addresses both electrical insulation and thermal management.

The technical solutions researched by ARCHIVE are based on an advanced ceramic substrate with specific geometrics and an innovative cooling approach which distributes the electrical insulation between the ceramic and the cooling fluid.

SuperGrid Institute's collaborative projects

France / Germany
2019-2022

XFLEX HYDRO

With a consortium of 19 members, the XFLEX HYDRO project demonstrates how innovative hydropower technologies can ensure the safety and flexibility of the power system. SuperGrid Institute leads this work to illustrate the economic and socio-environmental benefits of hydropower technologies and provide guidelines for their deployment and operation.

Our Hydro Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop (HydroPHIL) test platform makes it possible to assess the behaviour of innovative and flexible solutions for the electrical system, driving the development of a mature technology.

SuperGrid Institute collaborative projects.

H2020 European R&I project
2019-2023

SiCRET

The Silicon Carbide Reliability Evaluation for Transport (SiCRET) project comprises ten members, headed by the IRT Saint Exupery Technological Research Institute. This two-year project assesses and benchmarks emerging SiC technologies, focusing on reliability (lifespan and robustness), to enable the deployment of components and systems of SiC-based power electronics in transport.

SuperGrid Institute is leading the work on HV applications and components thanks to our unique expertise and cutting-edge test platforms.

SuperGrid Institute collaborative projects.

France
2020-2023

LOLABAT

LOLABAT focuses on developing and validating new generations of batteries for stationary applications (e.g., renewable energy storage). The project’s aim is to develop a reliable, safe and low-cost nickel-zinc rechargeable battery as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries, the current leader on the market. SuperGrid Institute is leading the work to demonstrate the potential of this technology within different applications by demonstrating how this technology can increase network flexibility. We are also involved in the hybridisation of a hydraulic power plant, where we will validate the battery technology through simulation and testing on a reduced-scale model.

SuperGrid Institute's collaborative projects

H2020 European R&I project
2021-2024

NETWORK DC

The project aims to create a DC network that connects multiple offshore wind farms into one DC hub, without the need for an intermediate DC/AC and AC/DC conversion in order to reduce the number of AC substations in coastal regions and to simplify the redistribution of generated power to other areas.

The Network DC project will work closely with regulators and potential direct current circuit breaker (DCCB) manufacturers to validate the technical requirements of DCCBs within future DC networks, and to establish an appropriate regulatory framework for this piece of equipement. This will allow DCCBs to be integrated into any future network design in the UK.

SuperGrid Institute’s contribution to this consortium will be to propose a protection system design and techno-economic evaluation of the onshore DC hub switching station.

wind turbine farm with rays of light at sunset_SuperGrid_Institute

UK – Ofgem’s Strategic Innovation Fund R&I project
2022-2022

READY4DC

In a key step towards developing future multi-vendor DC electrical networks in Europe, the READY4DC project brings together a community of experts and create the optimum conditions for them to discuss the implications of this process, both from a technical and a legal perspective.

The project aims to collect opinions and chart the latest research on interoperability issues in multi-vendor DC networks from all stakeholders so as to ensure that any technical or regulatory solution will be thoroughly assessed before the actual development of DC grids in Europe.

The first work package, led by our institute, focuses on modelling, simulation frameworks and data sharing for multi-vendor HVDC interaction studies and large-scale EMT simulation.

SuperGrid Institute joined the consortium READY4DC.

Horizon Europe R&I project
2022-2023

HVDC-WISE

The HVDC-Wise project will foster the development of large HVDC-based transmission grid infrastructures to improve the resilience and reliability of existing transmission systems in order to facilitate the integration of forthcoming large amounts of renewable energy.

SuperGrid Institute 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 and lead the activities around control and protection concepts for AC/DC architectures. This task will be carried out not only with offline simulations, but also with real-time and Hardware-in-the-Loop experiments using SuperGrid Institute’s test platform. We will also be involved in several other tasks, notably the development of tools for techno-economic analyses and the design of the HVDC systems to be considered in the realistic test cases.

Horizon Europe R&I project
2022-2026

NEWGEN

The NEWGEN project aims to develop new insulation materials, cable manufacturing solutions, online condition monitoring technologies and comprehensive life and reliability modelling tools for the next-generation of extruded HVDC cables and cable systems, thereby improving the reliability and resilience of inter-connected European HVAC/-DC transmission grids.

SuperGrid Institute is involved in each of the project’s 4 technical work packages . The Institute’s main role is to carry out short-term dielectric characterisation of flat material specimens and prototype HVDC cable peelings, to characterise the dielectric properties of type A model cables and to develop an online leakage current measurement sensor for HVDC cables for the detection of pre-fault conditions.

SuperGrid Institute's in the NEWGEN project.

Horizon Europe R&I project
2022-2026

Offshore Energy Hub

By 2030, Danish CO2 emissions must be reduced to 70% of their 1990 level, with half of the reduction to be achieved in the current decade. By 2050, the target is climate neutrality. These ambitious targets must be achieved through the implementation of a range of different measures such as the electrification of industry and the use of green fuels by Power-to-X (PtX), etc.

SuperGrid Institute’s contribution to this all-Danish consortium will be to offer a high level of expertise and knowledge of the energy hubs concept, a concept which is crucial to facing the challenges of energy transition. The Institute will offer guidance on selecting optimum power system architectures which provide the right balance between needs, costs, performances, modularity and security. SuperGrid Institute’s contribution is part of the work package ‘Stable and resilient hub design’.

Barrow_Offshore_wind_turbines_SuperGrid_Institute

Denmark – EUDP R&I project
2022-2026

SCARLET

The SCARLET project (“Superconducting cables for sustainable energy transition”) unites 15 partners from 7 countries around the goal of designing and industrially manufacturing superconducting cables to enable more efficient and less costly power transmission from renewable electricity generation sites.

Within the SCARLET project, SuperGrid Institute will be contributing to several work packages, and will notably be leading the one on Electrical system architecture and protection and delivering the Resistive Superconducting Fault Current Limiter module demonstrator. We will demonstrate the module in limitation mode in subcooled liquid nitrogen inside the high-voltage size cryostat and will use its high-power test platform to provide the targeted DC fault current under the rated module voltage.

HVDC_Cable_System_and_Jonctions_SuperGrid_Institute

Horizon Europe R&I project
2022-2027

FOR²ENSICS

The aim of this project is to develop and demonstrate a commercial low voltage to medium voltage bidirectional DC/DC converter prototype which can be introduced to the market within a short timescale: less than 3 years. To achieve such an ambitious target, the project team has decided to focus on the development of ultra-high voltage (UHV) SiC-based switching devices which will make it possible to significantly simplify the converter topology and create a very compact design when coupled with high frequency operation. For this purpose, the project aims to design, fabricate and test 15 kV SiC IGBTs modules, as well as series connected SiC MOSFETs.

SuperGrid Institute will be participating in 7 of the project’s 8 Work Packages and will lead 2 of them: the work packages on the “Use case and requirements definition” and the “DC/DC Converter Demonstrator”.

Power converter condition and health monitoring with reliability and life-cycle modelling

Horizon Europe R&I project
2023-2026

Our past projects

SuperGrid Institute collaborative projects.

PROMOTioN

H2020 European R&I project
2016-2020

Part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, this project comprised several work packages with a common aim: developing meshed HVDC offshore grids to improve the integration of offshore renewable energy into electricity grids.

SuperGrid Institute’s contribution included developing pioneering fault-clearing-strategy proposals for meshed HVDC grids and providing demonstrations using Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) real-time simulation, as well as assessing the behaviour of partial discharges in SF6-free gas-insulated switchgear.

SuperGrid Institute collaborative projects.

FASTGRID

H2020 European R&I project
2017-2020

This H2020 European R&I project brought together nine academic and three industrial partners for the development of a superconductive fault current limiter associated with a DC breaker which would fulfil the requirements of a protection strategy for future HVDC networks.

SuperGrid Institute played a major role in this project, participating in the design of a prototype of a 50 kV fault current limiter and testing it under conditions representative of the operating environment of future multi-terminal HVDC networks.

SuperGrid Institute collaborative projects.

RITSE

Spain – Grid2030 Programme
2018-2020

With the support of Red Electrica de Espana (REE), SuperGrid Institute joined forces with IMDEA Energy to put forward the Reduced Inertia Transient Stability Enhancement (RITSE) project, which was selected from among more than 60 applications by the Spanish transmission system operator.

The RITSE project, led by SuperGrid Institute, demonstrated how the transient stability of AC networks can be improved by coordinating the use of batteries and HVDC links. It proposed a new control structure for HVDC links which shows great potential for enhancing the transient stability of the European power network.

SuperGrid Institute collaborative projects.

LISORE

France
2019-2020

This 15-month project brought together nine partners to explore the viability of innovative offshore substation solutions (floating or subsea) for the integration of offshore renewable energies into electricity grids. It also developed a technological roadmap for their deployment in future commercial projects.

SuperGrid Institute was involved in the techno-economic assessment of the solutions proposed and in identifying technological barriers.

SuperGrid Institute collaborative projects.

NanocompEIM 2

UK
2016-2019

The goal of this project was to develop nanocomposite-based electrical insulation materials to increase the operational performance of solid epoxy-based dielectrics. SuperGrid Institute led the work packages (WP) focussed on: the design and deployment of test rigs for the performance assessment of nanomaterial-based insulating spacers (170 kV) within gas-insulated substations (WP3); and on the mechanical and electrical characterisation of new formulated materials (WP4).

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