Spring 2016 – Leuven

A network training meeting took place 07 – 08 April 2016 Belgium, hosted by KU Leuven.


With Friends of the Supergrid, MEDOW hosted a Special Session on Offshore and HVDC Grids as part of the major international conference IEEE EnergyCon 2016.  Hosting this conference day as part of a wider conference enabled us to maximise our audience, present its context and work to researchers from outside the network, industry and the general public, and facilitate networking.

Special Session on Offshore and HVDC Grids

09.00-10.30 Current state of offshore developments

Moderator: Oriol Gomis-Bellmunt (UPC, Barcelona)

  • Connecting offshore wind farms: building platforms at sea -Bart Embrechts, Pascal Brunet (Fabricom – Engie)
  • Experiences with OFTOs – Chris Veal (Transmission Investment LLP)
  • Offshore connections to wind farms
  • Services from offshore wind – Nicolaos Cutululis (DTU)

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-13.00 HVDC Grid prospects in Europe

Moderator: Norman MacLeod (PB & FOSG)

  • HVDC technology ready for grid implementation – Magnus Callavik (ABB)
  • Need for standardization of HVDC grid technology and ongoing efforts (Cenelec WG working group on HVDC grids) – Frank Schettler (Siemens)
  • HVDC grid code guidelines (Cigré B4-56) – Kamran Sharifabadi (Statoil)
  • Challenges beyond technics: financing and regulation -Marta Navarrete (FOSG)
  • Structure, financing and regulation of the North Sea Grid -Ronnie Belmans (KU Leuven)

13.00–14.15 Lunch        

14.15-15.45 MEDOW Session 1

  • 15-14.30: Introduction, Dr Jun Liang- CU
  • 30-15.00: WP1 Kevin Schönleber – GE
  • 00-15.30: WP2  Abel Ferreira – CINERGIA
  • 30-15.45: Discussion – Oriol Gomis-Bellmunt – UPC

15.45-16.15 Coffee (and poster session) 

16.15-18.00: MEDOW Session 2

  • 15-16.45: WP3 Ataollah Mokhberdoran – EFACEC
  • 45–17.15: WP4 Tibin  Joseph – CU
  • 15–17.30: Discussion – Helder Leite – Univ. Porto

17.30–18.00: Networking (and poster session) 

18.00–19.00: Reception for all EnergyCon delegates (and poster session