Challenges of HVDC Transmission Systems for Large Offshore Wind Power Plants

5 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2016 Last revised: 8 Jun 2016

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Muhammad Saad

University of South Australia; School of Engineering

Date Written: April 28, 2016


This paper outlines the challenges associated to HVDC transmission system for offshore wind power plants (OWPPs). Moreover, two technical solutions are presented in this paper, i.e. HVDC Voltage Source Converter (VSC), and HVDC Line Commutated Converter (LCC). The overall goal of this project is to compare and analyse the losses for each technology depending on size and distance. Challenges hereto include Frequency control, Reactive power and HVDC, Inverter-side Communication Failure. However, the paper describes in detail regarding reliability and the best possible explanations for power transmission. Finally, the outcome of the project is to validate aggregated models of HVDC system methodologies, fault identification, disturbances and system stability.

Keywords: Aggregated Model, HVDC, Offshore Wind Farm, HVDC, LCC, VSC, HVDC, System methodologies, Percent Losses

JEL Classification: Q25, Q41

Suggested Citation

Saad, Muhammad, Challenges of HVDC Transmission Systems for Large Offshore Wind Power Plants (April 28, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Muhammad Saad (Contact Author)

University of South Australia ( email )

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School of Engineering ( email )

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