Pan European Networks - Horizon 2020 - page 135

contribute to the formation of a future European
‘supergrid’, a pan-European electricity
transmission network that will support the
integration of large scale renewable energy,
allow the EU to export sustainable energy
technology and create skilled new jobs, and
facilitate a single European electricity market.
The researchers are investigating some of the
major technical challenges of transmitting
offshore wind power through DC grids with
multi-terminal voltage source converter
technologies. They are studying DC grid
topologies, DC power flow, DC relaying
protection, steady state operation, dynamic
stability, fault ride-through capability and the
impact of DC grids on the operation of AC
(onshore) grids. Operation and control are being
evaluated using various simulation platforms
and experimental test rigs.
MSCAs
The MEDOW project is a Marie Skłodowska-
Curie Actions Initial Training Network (ITN). In
the MSCA programme, the focus of the funding
is on the researcher and their training and
development. Currently, there is a lack of
operational experience and of skilled engineers
in DC grids in Europe. Therefore, as an ITN,
MEDOW aims not only to address technical
challenges but also to train and develop
promising early-career researchers. This will
help form a pool of expertise in the field and
assist researchers with technical and
transferrable skills and private sector
experience, as well as building an established
network of contacts.
The ITN will also provide researchers with
opportunities which will point them in the right
direction to undertake successful research
careers with an impact in a field which is
shaped by industry demand. It will also help
to address the current and future skills
shortage in power and energy engineering.
MEDOW
MEDOW’s appointed researchers, 12 of whom
are studying at PhD level, and five of whom are
recent postdoctoral researchers, are benefitting
from wide-ranging training, including:
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Secondments to other partners in the
consortium, ensuring that all researchers
spend time based in both the private sector
and a university;
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Support to attend and present their work
at high level international conferences;
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Regular training and input from our visiting scientists of outstanding
international stature – they have been appointed to further strengthen
MEDOW’s training capacity and quality;
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A network training programme which is delivered at biannual
meetings – at these training sessions, researchers receive technical
and transferrable skills training, attend industrial site visits, and take
part in public outreach activities; and
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Understanding the important role of international collaboration to the
project and the importance of working with other researchers from
across the world.
Project partners
The MEDOW consortium is co-ordinated by Cardiff University and
consists of ten full beneficiaries (five universities and five industrial
organisations) and one associated private sector partner with expertise
in the manufacturing, design and operation of multi-terminal DC grids.
The consortium partners are Cardiff University, UK, which also acts as
co-ordinator; the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain; Control
Intel.ligent de l’energia, Spain; Alstom Renovables Espana, Spain; the
Universidade do Porto, Portugal; Efacec Energia – Máquinas e
Equipamentos Eléctricos, Portugal; Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven,
Belgium; Elia System Operator, Belgium; Danmarks Tekniske Universitet,
Denmark; China Electric Power Research Institute, China; and the
National Grid in the UK, which acts as the associated partner.
The combination of academic and private sector partners not only
contributes to the researchers’ training and development but also serves
to foster greater ties between industry and academia in this key
development area.
International links
The benefits of international collaboration are vast: a network like
MEDOW allows the recruited researchers to benefit from the wide-
ranging skills, experience and facilities of all partner institutions. Research
co-operation encourages the sharing and transfer of knowledge and
skills and new strengths to be built from the combined efforts of a range
of people.
The MEDOW project is
supported by the
European Union’s
Marie Skłodowska-
Curie Actions
programme
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