Nearly 150 people gathered together on Monday the 8th of April to inaugurate SuperGrid Institute’s headquarters. Our HQ is 5,560 square meters of offices and platforms dedicated to developing technologies: to build the electricity transmission network of the future, and to participate in the wide-scale integration renewable energies within the power network.
SuperGrid Institute has been rewarded for its ambitious intellectual property strategy, ranking first of the top 10 patent applicants in the SME category for 2018. Created in 2014, SuperGrid Institute has already filed 50 patent applications, including 16 in 2018 alone.
PhD Loriane DESMARS “Study of electrical and thermal properties of epoxy-anhydride composite materials for high voltage insulation”
The work presented in this manuscript has been motivated by the necessity to develop more efficient electrical insulating materials compared to commercially available ones. An epoxy-anhydride matrix filled with micron sized alumina, often used to produce GIS solid insulators, has been used as a reference for this study.
The main objective of this thesis is to develop a methodology to size PETT topologies, in order to compare them.
This paper presents an overview of the dc–dc power converters dedicated to HVdc proposing a classification based on their structure. Two large families are established: those which provide galvanic isolation, and those which do not. Several subfamilies are also proposed. An overview of the main HVdc applications that can be targeted with each family is also presented, highlighting the main converter requirements for each application case.
PhD Amjad MOUHAIDALI “Contribution to the modelling of HVDC cables for electromagnetic transient simulations”
The integration of new technologies in the electric grids made them more and more complex, and most likely future growth of power grids will be based more on underground cables than overhead lines. One problem here, is that the mathematical model for electromagnetic simulation of power cables still has some shortcomings regarding stability, accuracy and passivity. In this thesis, we evaluate the cable parameters using analytical and numerical methods.
This paper provides a fault analysis of bipolar overhead line based HVDC grids using HB-MMC converters. The impacts of fault type and fault resistance are shown and the physical behaviour of the transient fault return current is explained.
The Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) is a technique used to investigate failures in a process or component and to identify the resultant effects of these failures on system operations. In this paper it is explained how the FMEA can be used to define and assess the impact of the failure modes (FM) of a protection strategy for High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) grids.
This paper first analyzes the underlying instability issue attributed to the DC reactor by using a simplified converter station model, which reveals that the DC-link capacitor can compensate for the detrimental effect of the DC reactor and increase the stability margin. This capacitor, however, is usually avoided and distributed over the capacitors in sub-modules in the state-of-the-art Modular Multilevel Converters (MMCs).
Power system stability enhancement via VSC-HVDC control using remote signals: Application on the Nordic 44-bus test system
In this paper the benefits of embedded VSC-HVDC links with supplementary controls for small-signal stability enhancement purposes using remote signals are studied and applied on the Nordic Grid.