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2018-01: HVDC technology and HVDC grids
May 29-June 1, 2018


University of Leuven, Belgium
CITCEA-UPC, Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Cardiff University, UK
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


Dr Dirk Van Hertem (KU Leuven)
Dr Oriol Gomis-Bellmunt (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya)
Dr Jun Liang (Cardiff University)

Description of the course

The course is based on the book “HVDC Grids: For Offshore and Supergrid of the Future”, edited by the course coordinators.

In the past years, development of DC transmission has gained significant momentum as a result of two key drivers. Firstly, the development of modern conversion technology (voltage source converter) and secondly, the need for transmission of offshore wind power. Plans for the interconnection of multiple renewable power sources, loads and AC grids through DC technologies are leading to an exciting transmission concept: HVDC grids. HVDC grids and supergrids have sparked so much interest that researchers and engineers across the globe are talking about them, studying them, supporting or questioning them. The main motivation of this course is to present a complete picture of HVDC grid technologies by collecting and summarizing recent technological advances, academic research development and engineering applications.

The course covers the overall spectrum regarding HVDC technologies, including:
(1) the advantages of HVDC compared to AC technologies for power transmission;
(2) the key technologies and challenges for developing an HVDC grid;
(3) Design, operation, control and protection of HVDC grids;
(4) Non-technical aspects such as the influence of energy policy and regulatory frameworks.

Intended audience

The course would suit anyone who works in HVDC related topics, especially would suit graduate power systems engineers, postgraduate students, power systems researchers who starting to work in HVDC and junior engineers who want to extend their knowledge. This course is also a great opportunity to meet and communicate with the experts and colleagues who work in the HVDC field.

Contents and Schedule

The preliminary program can be found here


Main Location: Erasmushuis- Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, 3000, Leuven Belgium

Session on 31 May: Room Sun, EnergyVille Thor park 8310, 3600 Genk, Belgium
Session on 1 June: Friends of the Supergrid, Avenue de Cortenberg, 71, 1000 Brussels, Belgium


Course: 3,5 days (1 ECTs)
Course + exam (optional): 2 ECTs

Registration Fees

The course fees include lectures attendance, documentation (cd and binder), coffee breaks and lunches, a reception, a conference dinner and transportation between the venues

Registration Information

Registration will open start from 15th March.
Additional information regarding accommodation and venue is available on