Call for Papers
1 May 2012
Paper submission deadline
17 Dec 2012
Acceptance Notifications
28 Feb 2013
Camera ready papers
15 Apr 2013
1-4 July 2013

Panel session: Towards the grid of the future: Offshore grid and the supergrid

Session chair
Dirk Van Hertem, University of Leuven, Belgium

  • Dr. Nicoloas Cutululis (Technical University of Denmark, Offshore DC)
    Offshore DC grids for large scale integration of wind power
  • Prof. Oriol Gomis (IREC, CITCEA-UPC)
    Operation and control of multi-terminal HVDC transmission systems with offshore wind power plants
  • Jean Kowal (Medgrid)
    Medgrid, a co-development project for the exchanges of electricity in the Mediterranean basin
  • Callum MacIver (University of Strathclyde, UK)
    Challenges for the integration of offshore networks


Recent developments in technology and energy policy has led to a strong increase in renewable energy sources throughout Europe. To continue this trend, the power sector is facing a number of challenges. Connecting all energy sources with the consumers is a critical one, specifically because we need to transmit higher quantities of electrical power over larger distances. There is also a trend to move further from shore to reach the plentiful wind and solar resources at places where there is currently no transmission system. A fundamental upgrade of the transmission system is needed, and for this upgrade, HVDC grids are considered to be a realistic alternative. This panel will focus on requirements and challenges for the transmission infrastructure which is required.