Acquired Electronics360

Industrial & Medical Technology

First MVDC Link Planned for Europe

18 May 2017

Europe’s first medium-voltage direct current (MVDC) link is being supplied by GE Energy Connections as part of Scottish Power Energy Network’s Angle-DC project in Anglesey and North Wales. The project aims to demonstrate a novel network reinforcement technique by converting an existing 33-kV AC circuit to DC operation.

The MVDC link will enable improved power flow and voltage control as electricity demand in the region increases. Converting AC assets to DC operation will also enhance the thermal capability of the circuit.

GE’s Power Conversion AC-to-DC converters will be located at a 33-kV substation in Bangor and at a similar substation on the Isle of Anglesey. The 12 units of MV7000 converters at each substation will convert 33 kVAC to ±27kVDC using the existing AC lines between the two substations.

The company will also deliver VISOR 2.0, an asset management tool that provides remote connectivity to improve service responsiveness, and Data Historian, software that allows data collection, processing and storage, as part of the installation. Enhanced ability to capture and analyze data will allow SP Energy Networks to review the capabilities of the MVDC system and gather insights to develop optimum control algorithms for the distribution system.

Powered by CR4, the Engineering Community

Discussion – 0 comments

By posting a comment you confirm that you have read and accept our Posting Rules and Terms of Use.
Engineering Newsletter Signup
Get the Engineering360
Stay up to date on:
Features the top stories, latest news, charts, insights and more on the end-to-end electronics value chain.
Weekly Newsletter
Get news, research, and analysis
on the Electronics industry in your
inbox every week - for FREE
Sign up for our FREE eNewsletter


Date Event Location
26-28 Feb 2018 Nashville, TN
04-08 Mar 2018 San Antonio, Texas
09-10 Apr 2018 Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA
23-27 Apr 2018 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
10 May 2018 Pier 94
Find Free Electronics Datasheets