InnoDC’s member organisations are based in Europe and China, with supervisors and visiting scientists from industry and academia. This provides an ideal mix of knowledge and experience for the 15 recruited researchers to develop into international wind energy experts.

Researcher host/employer organisations:
Cardiff University
Universidade do Porto
ELIA System Operator
CG Holdings Belgium Nv
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Control Intel-Ligent De L’energia Sccl
EFACEC Energia Maquinas E Equipamentos Electricos Sa

Partner Organisations (to host secondments and/or provide training):
Vattenfall (Denmark)
Ecole Centrale de Lille (France)
Red Eléctrica de España S.A.U. (Spain) 
Friends of Sustainable Grids (Belgium)
China Electric Power Research Institute (China)
Toshiba International (Europe) Ltd (United Kingdom)

The project focuses on developing the electricity transmission system, targeting offshore wind connection, offshore wind integration with the existing power-system (including HVDC use), and the future power-system operation where large-scale wind is connected to a hybrid AC & DC power-system.  Technology and devices for offshore wind are constantly developing.  InnoDC’s research focuses on the models and methods for integrating the new technology (eg offshore wind turbines, VSC HVDC converters, long AC cables) into the power-system.

InnoDC researchers are working with experts to tackle key issues.  For example, these new devices behave differently to traditional power-system components.  Also, the multi-actor/intersectoral nature of these systems means that they have distinct elements and devices interfacing with each other, each with limited information of the overall system.  The project is training the researchers to develop prototype tools to aid these new energy-systems users.

Academic lead: Prof Jun Liang, Cardiff School of Engineering, LiangJ1@cardiff.ac.uk
Project manager & website editor: Ms Manon Davies, Cardiff School of Engineering, DaviesM75@cardiff.ac.uk

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