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Another milestone reached in the PROMOTioN (Progress on Meshed HVDC Offshore Transmission Networks) project. ABB has successfully completed the installation of the 320 kV HVDC gas insulated switchgear (GIS) test equipment in the DNV GL’s KEMA High Voltage DC Laboratory in Kleefse Waard, Arnhem, Netherlands. 

Later this year long term testing will commence to demonstrate that this technology is ready for real world application and achieve cost savings in future offshore HVDC converter stations and switchyards. 

The benefit of using this technology over the conventional air insulated technology is the 90% reduction in volume, realizing cost-savings in applications where space comes at a premium such as offshore or in urban environments. This is the first time that such equipment is tested in an independent commercial laboratory. 

Also as part of PROMOTioN, Super Grid Institute (France) investigates the performance of different environmentally friendly insulating gases, and the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands) is developing a monitoring and diagnostics system for this technology.

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From the 11th to the 14th of June, SCiBreak AB tested a DC circuit breaker module prototype at the KEMA laboratories of DNV GL in Arnhem, as part of the EU project PROMOTioN. A fault current of 10.8 kA was delivered by low-frequency short circuit generators and was interrupted against a transient interruption voltage exceeding 40 kV.

SCiBreak is a project partner of the PROMOTioN project. The project seeks to address challenges to the development of meshed HVDC offshore transmission grids on the basis of cost-effective and reliable technological innovation in combination with a sound political, financial and legal regulatory framework.

The current tests by SCiBreak verify the functioning of a novel technology concept and constitute a major milestone for the project. Testing in the project has previously been done with equipment from Mitsubishi Electric. Testing breakers from different manufacturers supports the project objectives in several ways. Models of the breakers can be created so that analysis of multivendor operation in HVDC grids becomes possible. Furthermore, standardized test methods and test circuits are being developed.

The fault current was interrupted, and the corresponding energy of 0.6 MJ (MegaJoule) was dissipated in surge arresters included in the module. An artificial zero-crossing was created in the vacuum interrupter by an oscillating current excited by a power electronic converter. An ultra-fast Thomson coil actuator created the necessary contact separation less than 3.5 milliseconds after the trip order was received by the DCCB module.

The tests were part of the work package 10 which has a special focus on the interaction between the HVDC circuit breaker (and other identified related critical components) and its electrical environment regarding steady state DC current, rate-of-rise of fault current, current interruption, fault current commutation, counter voltage generation and energy absorption.

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On 28 September 2017, an AC short-circuit generator based high power test environment for HVDC circuit breakers was successfully demonstrated. It is the first time that such a test has been conducted in an independent accredited laboratory. Tests at DNV GL’s KEMA Laboratories showed that AC short-circuit generators operated at a reduced frequency below 50 Hz, can be used to safely and directly apply the current and energy stresses that can occur in HVDC circuit breaker units during the interruption of DC fault current. This successful demonstration is a major step in the development of test methods and circuits for HVDC circuit breakers, enabling independent verification of their performance and thereby increasing their technology readiness level...

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On 11.09.2017, SCiBreak became the 35th project partner of the PROMOTioN consortium. SCiBreak is a Swedish company founded in 2014 to commercialise new technology for interrupting electric current.
The aim of PROMOTioN is to develop and demonstrate three key technologies which are Diode Rectifier offshore converters, an HVDC (High-voltage direct current) grid protection system and existing HVDC circuit breaker prototypes. Furthermore a regulatory and financial framework will be developed, including an offshore grid deployment plan for the future offshore grid system in Europe...

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The EU project PROMOTioN launched today a new website – www.promotion-offshore.net.
“We want to strengthen the public visibility of the project and highlight the advantages of meshed HVDC offshore grids in Europe”, said Paul Raats, from project coordinator DNV GL. “A simple and well-structured website allows good access to the core themes, tasks and events of the project”, said Andreas Wagner, Managing director of German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation. The Foundation is responsible for the public relation activities of the PROMOTioN project and has developed the website and the corporate identity...

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A meshed offshore transmission grid connecting offshore wind farms to land could provide significant financial, technical and environmental benefits to the European electricity market. Launched this January, the project ‘PROgress on Meshed HVDC Offshore Transmission Networks’ (PROMOTioN) aims to investigate these benefits during the next four years. Currently it is the biggest energy project in the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research Program...

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