The European Union wants to deploy 300 GW of offshore wind by 2050 to meet its climate targets and to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel. The most efficient way of transporting electricity from offshore wind is via multi-terminal high voltage direct current (HVDC) grids.
The project “Enabling interoperability of multi-vendor HVDC grids” (InterOPERA), funded by Horizon Europe, unites 21 European partners to unlock the potential of HVDC grids and foster the transition of the European energy sector at large scale.
The InterOPERA project will define technical frameworks and standards for electricity transmission and accelerate the integration of renewable energy. Ensuring that HVDC systems, HVDC transmission systems or HVDC components from different suppliers can work together – making them “interoperable”- is a top priority to accelerate Europe’s energy transition.
InterOPERA’s main objective is to make future HVDC systems mutually compatible and interoperable by design, to improve the grid forming capabilities of offshore and onshore converters and pave the way for the first HVDC multi-terminal, multi-vendor, multi-purpose real-life projects in Europe.