Feasibility of DC transmission networks

TitleFeasibility of DC transmission networks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsJovcic D, van Hertem D, Linden K, Taisne J-P, Grieshaber W
Journal2011 2nd IEEE PES International Conference and Exhibition on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies
ISBN Number978-1-4577-1420-7
KeywordsCircuit Breakers, HVDC transmission, HVDC Transmission Control, power converters
AbstractThis paper examines the current status of technology and discusses technical options for developing DC transmission grids. The fast advances in VSC HVDC, the recent offshore VSC projects, the experience with multiterminal HVDC and recent development of fast DC circuit breakers bring large meshed DC grids closer to reality. The most important and most difficult remaining technical challenge is the system level protection of DC grids. The article further discusses some of the ongoing research directions like the use of travelling wave detection for fast protection or deployment of DC/DC converters for isolation of DC faults. One of the main work packages in EU funded Twenties project studies the major prerequisites for operation of DC grids. This project has delivered some major studies of DC grids and two hardware demonstration systems are under development: a mock-up DC grid at University of Lille and fast DC Circuit Breaker at ALSTOM.