Researchers work on pan-European DC grid for offshore wind
Offshore wind park. Featured Image: peerawat Songbundit/Shutterstock.com
Dec 8, 2014 - Cardiff University researchers are developing a multi-terminal direct current (DC) grid for the transmission across Europe of electricity generated by offshore wind farms, according to a statement on Friday.
The project known as MEDOW is a collaboration between the researchers of Cardiff University’s School of Engineering and the Leuven University in Belgium. Their hope is to help develop a pan-European electricity transmission network. Such a grid would strengthen reliability and assist in balancing electricity supply and demand.
MEDOW, which stands for Multi-terminal DC Grid for Offshore Wind, is backed by the European Commission. It counts Spain’s Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet of Denmark and China Electric Power Research Institute as its international partners.
The project team is also collaborating with six industrial organisations that have expertise in the design, installation and operation of multi-terminal DC grids.