Educational mission

Understanding HVDC supergrids is crucial to the energy industry

Amiel Kaplan, Training Programme Director

As an Institute for Energy Transition, SuperGrid Institute has a clear educational mission. Our training programme aims to render HVDC and MVDC technologies and innovations accessible to all, from initial training to lifelong learning. At SuperGrid Institute, we believe that effective learning is best achieved through “learning by doing.” Our collective knowledge and know-how drive our training offer to help pave the way for the power grids of the future.

Amiel Kaplan, Training Programme Director

SuperGrid Institute acts as an incubator for innovation at the forefront of power grid technologies and works to promote the energy transition through education at every level, from secondary school to life-long learning. We also support educational institutions in developing their own training curricula on HVDC & MVDC technologies.

Combining knowledge and expertise from industry and academia, our unique environment for research and innovation is at the forefront of HVDC supergrid technologies. The only privately run research centre of its kind in France, SuperGrid Institute is dedicated to making our expertise accessible at every level.

Secondary education

SuperGrid Institute encourages students – the energy experts of tomorrow – to take an interest in electrical power systems.

We conduct outreach and host visits to our research facilities whist working with schools to develop projects that explore the principles of electricity transmission and renewable energy generation in an accessible, engaging way.

Higher education

The energy industry is rapidly evolving towards DC transmission and the integration of renewable energy sources. It is essential that the next generation of electrical engineers and materials experts is prepared to operate in this new environment.

SuperGrid Institute works closely with higher education institutions to develop curricula that include projects on HVDC & MVDC technologies. We offer internship and PhD opportunities to their students, enabling them to work alongside our research engineers to carry out applied research that addresses industry needs.

Some of our projects

We count several higher education organisations amongst our shareholders and offer learning opportunities through collaborative agreements with them. A few examples follow:

SuperGrid Institute's training on DC grids.

CNAM Entreprises

The Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers and SuperGrid Institute work together to build modular courses lasting from one to five days. Focusing on DC grids, from the introductory to the confirmed-engineering level, the courses specifically at grid modelling and power converters. An internship for one of CNAM’s engineering students has helped to reinforce our partnership.

Higher education

SuperGrid Institute works with the engineering school to develop curricula focused on HVDC grids.

By sharing our expertise, we help to ensure that INSA Lyon’s graduates gain thorough knowledge of the issues involved in the electrical systems of the future. We also offer internship and contract opportunities for the institute’s PhD students.

Grenoble INP offers an international master’s programme with a Master’s in Electrical Engineering. The programme offers a major in Power Electronics and HVDC and SuperGrid Institute works with the engineering school to develop the HVDC grid-related content. Members of the SuperGrid Institute also suggest subjects for master’s-degree students and supervise their studies.

Zero carbon transition - CPER project

CPER project

Capitalising on the learning activities we internally developed, we reached out to local educational authorities and established a consortium sponsored by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region through the “DREETS”.

The project’s objective is to boost awareness of energy transition and improve the attractiveness of this field for young people and workers going through career change retraining. The 2 activities developed at SuperGrid Institute are a “Survival Game”, 25 minutes of managing the energy mix and the integration of renewables into the power grid, and a board game “The Super Team”, which promotes the diversity of careers that exist within the energy industry and uncovers the different training pathways that one can take to get there – available here.