Definition and Classification of Terms for HVDC Networks

Til Kristian Vrana, Keith Bell, Poul Ejnar Sørensen, Tobias Hennig

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


    A systematic terminology for the field of HVDC networks has been developed, closing the gap between the well-established terminologies from AC power systems and HVDC technology. The most relevant items, topologies and concepts have been given clear and unique defined names, and these have been classified in a systematic way. The motivation for this work has been to help to reduce the communication problems that are emerging when power system engineers talk to HVDC technology engineers. The main guidelines underpinning the approach taken here is to minimise conflicts with the mentioned two existing terminologies and with existing publications on HVDC networks. A significant effort has been made to make the terminology “future-proof ” not only covering today’s HVDC technology but also potential future developments like large meshed HVDC grids and high power HVDC-HVDC converters.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCIGRE Science & Engineering
    Pages (from-to)15-25
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • HVDC grids
    • HVDC networks
    • HVDC power systems
    • Multi-terminal HVDC
    • Super grid


    Dive into the research topics of 'Definition and Classification of Terms for HVDC Networks'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this