SuperGrid Institute’s test platforms
for HVDC & MVDC applications
We have invested in high-end test platforms providing our clients the best while supporting our R&D departments
We perform characterisation tests on solid, liquid and gas insulation mediums at highly competitive rates.
With our specialisation in HVDC & MVDC applications technologies, HV & MV substation equipment and cables, our services are aimed at HV & MV equipment and cable manufacturers, component suppliers and research laboratories with advanced testing needs.
Thanks to our innovative platforms and test benches that reproduce real-life usage conditions, we can assess power converters from different topologies, as well as integrated semiconductors and medium frequency transformers.
Power switches characterisation
At SuperGrid Institute we have a set of dedicated platforms for testing and qualifying high voltage and high current power switches according to your needs.
We are capable of performing static, dynamic, thermal impedance, reliability and robustness tests based on commercial designs or new power switch designs you have developed at your company.
Hardware-in-the-Loop & Power Hardware-in-the-Loop
Our Hardware-in-the-Loop and Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop testing facilities offer an excellent alternative to traditional testing methods.
With our state-of-the-art software models, we recreate various electrical systems and provide accurate, comprehensive closed-loop testing of your algorithms’ and equipment’s interactions with control systems and other power equipment in real-time.
characterisation & ageing platform
Understanding the properties of insulating materials is fundamental when designing equipment subject to high levels of electric fields, using low to high voltages.
Our material testing department has developed an expertise in dielectric materials, with a core competency of analysing material ageing under thermoelectric stress. We offer services focusing on our customers’ specific material needs, according to their specifications.
We offer comprehensive solutions for the characterisation of medium frequency transformers (MFT) under various conditions (no-load, full-load, short-circuit; with sinusoidal and square wave excitation signals), to validate your design in real-life environment.
The MFT can be tested, and its harmonic transfers checked, inside our converter, which can operate up to 100 kHz.
We also offer services related to the design of MFTs, based on your specifications.
& vacuum brazing
Researching plasma, optimising the process of brazing various types of metals under vacuum conditions, and understanding physical phenomena of plasma require expensive equipment and specialist expertise.
At SuperGrid Institute, we use our vacuum brazing platform and services to support you in your research or small-scale part production.
Our hyperbaric chamber is designed for testing subsea equipment under water pressure of up to 40 bars (400 metres depth).
Using our high voltage testing equipment, our hyperbaric test platform is specifically aimed at testing subsea cables and their accessories such as connectors or penetrators, for AC/DC medium to extra high voltage.
Located in Grenoble, the hydraulic platform is the only independent hydraulic test rig in France able to perform tests according to IEC 60193 standards.
We can investigate physical hydraulic phenomena such as S-shape, hump region or cavitation characteristics thanks to combined measurements, the ability to visualise water flow on reduced-scale turbine runners and Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation (CFD).
Our customers and partners spending capital on research and development with us via their French legal entities can benefit from research tax credit (CIR), in accordance with eligibility requirements.