An optimised onshore and offshore grid architecture is essential for the integration of renewable energy in the European power system. To become climate-neutral the EU needs 300 GW of offshore wind by 2050. The interoperability of multi-terminal and multi-vendor HVDC systems is essential to achieve this.

ENTSO-ET&D Europe and WindEurope have teamed up to tackle the challenge of HVDC interoperability in offshore wind development. We will be pleased to publish a joint report on “The development of multi-vendor HVDC systems and other power electronics interfaced devices”. It will set out our views on the technology options to deliver multi-terminal, multi-purpose HVDC systems integrating multiple converter stations from a variety of technology providers.

On 21 June from 14:30 to 17:00 CEST, the three associations organise a webinar to go through the outcomes of this joint workstream. A panel session will allow ENTSO-E, T&D Europe and WindEurope to discuss their perspectives on HVDC interoperability with a broad audience.

Draft agenda of the discussion:

  • Opening – Moderators: Vasiliki Klonari (WindEurope) & Paulius Butkus (ENTSO-E) 
  • Statement by Director DG Energy

    • Catharina Sikow-Magny
  • Statements by ENTSO-E, T&D Europe, WindEurope:

    • Sonya Twohig – Secretary General, ENTSO-E
    • Jochen Kreusel – Deputy President, T&D Europe
    • Giles Dickson – CEO, WindEurope
  • Break
  • Introduction and overview of workstreams – Norela Constantinescu (ENTSO-E)

    • Standardized interaction study processes and interfaces – Olivier Despouys (RTE)
    • Assessment of interoperability in multi-vendor HVDC systems – Mario Ndreko (Tennet)
    • Multi-terminal, multi-vendor real industrial scale project – Pablo Briff (T&D Europe)
    • Cooperation framework and governance – Tobias Møller Ruby (Ørsted) & Simon Wenig (Transnetbw)
    • Network planning, project financing and procurement – Philipp Ruffing (Amprion)
  • Panel discussion  - Moderators: Vasiliki Klonari (WindEurope) & Paulius Butkus (ENTSO-E)

    • Mark Van Stiphout (DG Energy)
    • Frank Schettler (T&D Europe)
    • Wilhelm Winter (ENTSO-E/Tennet)
    • Troels Stybe Sørensen (Ørsted)
  • Conclusion word - Moderators: Vasiliki Klonari (WindEurope) & Paulius Butkus (ENTSO-E)

You can register to the webinar here. Registered participants will receive the report by email.