Integration of Offshore Wind Power using High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Systems

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid-Spain.

19th October 2012

1. Objective:

The use of high voltages (HV) is the key to efficient transmission and distribution of electrical power. The objective of this seminar is to provide an overview about the basic concepts used on High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) system and its use to integrate offshore wind power into the classical power systems. Special emphasis would be given on linking the theoretical concepts with the practical applications.

HVDC is often a preferred technology for overhead power transmission over long distances and under-ground cables for relatively shorter distances. A bulk of the new offshore transmission infrastructure in the UK and worldwide is envisaged to be employing HVDC. In this context, the first part of the seminar on ‘Integration of Offshore Wind Power using HVDC Systems’ would give an introduction to the HVDC technology; its advantages (and disadvantage) over conventional AC transmission; operation and control of HVDC and it’s interaction with the existing AC transmission network. Emerging technologies through use of voltage source converters would be covered. The second half of the seminar on ‘Wind power and HVDC Transmission Systems’ would outline the benefits of using DC transmission to integrate wind power into the classical AC power systems.

2. Duration:

This seminar is designed for duration of 3 hours.

3. Location:

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

4. Audience:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Utility engineers, system operators, maintenance staff
  • Wind power and HVDC producers
  • Consultants and researchers on wind energy and HVDC systems

5. Seminar Outline:


I. Introduction into HVDC Systems

II. HVDC Technologies

III. Components of an HVDC Transmission System

IV. HVDC Control Systems 4 Converter Control

V. Wind Power Technologies

VI. Integration of Wind Power Technologies Using HVDC