Nexans and SuperGrid Institute have recently performed a successful transient overvoltage test (TOV) on a 525kV DC cable system in accordance with new High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) recommendations. The DC cable system, produced and installed by Nexans, successfully passed several sequences of damped oscillating voltage tests at both 350 Hz and 6 kHz using SuperGrid Institute's High Voltage testing facility. This is a new milestone for the development of a resilient interconnected European grid and the integration of renewable energy.
To reach its ambitious target, Europe needs to connect a substantial amount of renewables to the grid (450 GW of offshore wind by 2050). HVDC cables will play a major role in the infrastructure necessary for renewable energy integration. Multi-terminal topologies, mixed cable overhead line systems, and hybrid AC & DC grids will progressively reinforce the single point-to-point HVDC links currently being built, increasing the reliability requirements for HVDC cable systems.
New cable testing standards to ensure system resilience against transient overvoltage events
HVDC cable systems might be subject to system-specific transient overvoltage (TOV) during disrupting events such as a fault in a converter station or a failure to ground the cable itself.
Over the past several years, work has been undertaken to list and classify the most common TOV waveforms into a new CIGRE recommendation. The main European high-voltage laboratories have designed suitable test setups to adapt to clients’ requirements and perform a wide range of TOV tests.
A first successful TOV test on a Nexans 525kV DC Cable System at SuperGrid Institute
Nexans and SuperGrid Institute have recently performed their first TOV test on a 525kV DC cable system, consisting of two external terminations, two joints, and an extruded DC cable. The DC cable system produced and installed by Nexans successfully passed several sequences of zero-crossing damped over voltage tests at both 350 Hz and 6 kHz.