Key Info

Basic Information

Prof. Dr. Armin Schnettler
Faculty / Institution:
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Societal Challenges
Project duration:
01.01.2016 to 31.12.2020
EU contribution:
34.480.931,60 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691714.  


PROMOTioN - Progress on Meshed HVDC Offshore Transmission Networks


In order to unlock the full potential of Europe’s offshore resources, network infrastructure is urgently required, linking off-shore wind parks and on-shore grids in different countries. HVDC technology is envisaged but the deployment of meshed HVDC offshore grids is currently hindered by the high cost of converter technology, lack of experience with protection systems and fault clearance components and immature international regulations and financial instruments. PROMOTioN will overcome these barriers by development and demonstration of three key technologies, a regulatory and financial framework and an offshore grid deployment plan for 2020 and beyond.


  • DNV GL Netherlands B.V., Netherlands (Coordinator)
  • ABB AB, Sweden
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan, Sweden
  • EirGrid plc, Ireland
  • SuperGrid Institute, France
  • Deutsche WindGuard GmbH, Germany
  • Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Netherlands
  • Affärsverket svenska kraftnät, Sweden
  • UK Grid Solutions Ltd., United Kingdom
  • The University Court of the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • RTE – Réseau de Transport d’Electricité, France
  • Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
  • Statoil ASA, Norway
  • TenneT TSO B.V., Netherlands
  • Stiftung OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE – Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft zur Nutzung und Erforschung der Windenergie auf See, Germany
  • Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, Germany
  • Danmarks Tekniske Universiteit, Denmark
  • Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Forschungsgemeinschaft für Elektrische Anlagen und Stromwirtschaft e.V., Germany
  • Ørsted Wind Power A/S, Denmark
  • The Carbon Trust, United Kingdom
  • Tractebel Engineering, Belgium
  • European University Institute, Italy
  • Iberdrola Renovables Energía, S.A., Spain (Participation ended)
  • Association Européenne de l’industrie des Equipments et des Services de Transmission et de Distribution d’Electricité AISBL, Belgium
  • University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
  • ADWEN Offshore S.L., Spain (Participation ended)
  • Prysmian, Italy
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
  • MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Denmark
  •, Denmark
  • Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, United Kingdom
  • SCiBreak AB, Sweden