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 in collaborative projects which propel applied research forward and lead to industrial innovations that respond to market needs. National and European public bodies organise the frameworks 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


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 and how it 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


This project aims to create a DC network that connects multiple offshore wind farms within one DC hub, without the need for intermediate DC/AC and AC/DC conversion. The aim is 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 equipement. This will allow DCCBs to be integrated into any future network design in the UK.

SuperGrid Institute’s contribution to this consortium involves proposing a protection system design and conducting 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


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, facilitating the integration of large amounts of renewable energy.

SuperGrid Institute is not only the project coordinator. We also lead a work package to identify, assess and model emerging technologies for HVDC-based grid architectures, as well as activities around control and protection concepts for AC/DC architectures. These tasks will be carried out not only through offline simulations, but also through real-time and hardware-in-the-loop experiments using SuperGrid Institute’s test platform. We are also 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


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 four technical work packages. Our 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

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 within the current decade. By 2050, the target is climate neutrality. These ambitious targets will be achieved through the implementation of a range of 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-hub concept, which is crucial to facing the challenges of energy transition. The Institute will offer guidance on selecting optimum power system architectures to provide the right balance between needs, costs, performance, modularity and security. SuperGrid Institute’s contribution is part of the work package ‘Stable and resilient hub design’.


Denmark – EUDP R&I project


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 contributes to several work packages, leading the work on electrical system architecture and protection, and delivering the Resistive Superconducting Fault Current Limiter module demonstrator. This involves demonstrating the module in limitation mode in subcooled liquid nitrogen inside the high voltage cryostat and using our high-power test platform to provide targeted DC fault current under the rated module voltage.

Within the SCARLET project, SuperGrid Institute contributes to several work packages, leading the work on electrical system architecture and protection, and delivering the Resistive Superconducting Fault Current Limiter module demonstrator.

Horizon Europe R&I project


BILASURF brings together 10 European partners to reduce the environmental impact of surface functionalisation, by developing and integrating a process whereby complex 3D surfaces can be created using a high-rate laser.

This solution, which involves functionalising surfaces with a texture that mimics those found in nature, will reduce friction and improve the environmental footprint of industrial parts in hydraulic machines and industrial fans.

Our experts will assess the riblets’ influence on the hydraulic behaviour of a hydro turbine. We are also delighted to be leading a task on translating our demonstrator results into recommendations for full-scale turbines, to contribute to existing industry standards.


Horizon Europe R&I project


The aim of this project is to develop and demonstrate a commercial low-to-medium voltage bidirectional DC/DC converter prototype which can be introduced to the market within less than three years. To achieve this ambitious target, the project team focuses on the development of ultra-high voltage (UHV) SiC-based switching devices. This will make it possible to significantly simplify the converter topology and create a very compact design when coupled with high-frequency operation. The project involves the design, fabrication and testing of 15 kV SiC IGBT modules, as well as series connected SiC MOSFETs.

SuperGrid Institute participates in seven of the project’s eight work packages and leads two of them: Use Case and Requirements definition, and DC/DC Converter Demonstrator.

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

Horizon Europe R&I project


The project “Enabling interoperability of multi-vendor HVDC grids”, funded by the EU programme for research and innovation, unites more than 20 European partners to define future interoperability standards for electricity grids.

InterOPERA’s main objective is to make future HVDC systems mutually compatible and interoperable by design, and to improve the grid forming capabilities of offshore and onshore converters. InterOPERA is not only about developing technical standards but also about agreeing on the procurement, commercial, legal and regulatory frameworks that will facilitate the tendering, building and operation of full-scale HVDC multi-terminal, multi-vendor, multi-purpose real-life applications anticipated by 2030.

SuperGrid Institute is the coordinator of the project and is involve in several work packages.

SuperGrid Institute develop control and protection concepts for HVDC systems and define the requirements for key components of the system.

Horizon Europe R&I project

Our past projects

SuperGrid Institute collaborative projects.


H2020 European R&I project

As 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.


H2020 European R&I project

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 to 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 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.


Spain – Grid2030 Programme

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 proposals 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.



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


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) focused 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 the mechanical and electrical characterisation of new formulated materials (WP4).

Project ARCHIVE - SuperGrid Institute


France- Germany

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

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


H2020 European R&I project

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.


Horizon Europe R&I project

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

SuperGrid Institute was leader of the first work package, focused on modelling, simulation frameworks and data sharing for multi-vendor HVDC interaction studies and large-scale EMT simulation.

SiCRET project, SuperGrid Institute



The Silicon Carbide Reliability Evaluation for Transport (SiCRET) project reunited ten members, headed by the IRT Saint Exupery Technological Research Institute. This two-year project assessed 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 led the work on HV applications and components thanks to our unique expertise and cutting-edge test platforms.

Audrey Dieudonné

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Audrey DIEUDONNÉ, Collaborative Projects Developer