InnoDC: training researchers for the energy transition


Thijs Vral

System Operations

InnoDC is a consortium of 14 partners from industry, academia and the third sector offering a development path to researchers across Europe in the area of offshore wind and Direct Current (DC) grids.
Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, it will train 15 early stage researchers enrolled at the partner universities, on offshore wind power and DC grids, preparing them for their role in the energy transition.


At Elia, an early stage researcher will be working on determining what modelling approaches and software tools are required to study power systems with a high penetration of power electronic devices. Doing so, it allows us to better grasp existing software tools and suggest improvements. The research focuses on how to accurately model the components of the power system and assess what level of modelling detail is really needed for different types of system studies with this new technology.

InnoDC project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 765585.


Integrating HVDC and renewables

The increasing integration of HVDC and renewable energy has transformed the grid and our understanding of it. These changes are challenging the operation of power systems. It is Elia’s responsibility to guarantee the safe and reliable operation of the system, which makes it fundamental to understand what the impact of these new scenarios is and how to face the new challenges.