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Offshore Wind Transmission Course






June 27 - June 28, 2024


Virtual (Live)

Course Status


Offshore Wind Transmission Course

Explore the intricate world of offshore wind transmission in this comprehensive two-day course. Gain a deep understanding of the electrical systems that connect offshore wind farms to onshore grids, including both High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) and High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) solutions.

Course Overview:

This course offers a comprehensive exploration of offshore wind transmission, covering every vital component of the process. Delve into the intricacies of both offshore and onshore substations and get a thorough understanding of the electrical components that make these systems function efficiently.

Who Should Attend:

- Engineers and Technicians

- Project Managers

- Regulatory and Compliance Specialists

- Renewable Energy Developers

- Grid Operators and Utility Professionals

- Environmental and Regulatory Experts

- Government Officials and Policymakers

- Consultants and Advisors

- Academics and Researchers

- Energy Analysts and Economists

Course Outline

1. Introduction to Offshore Wind Transmission

- Role of Transmission in Offshore Wind Projects

- Key Challenges and Considerations in Offshore Wind Transmission

- Regulatory and Environmental Aspects

2. Onshore Substation Design - HVAC Technology

- Fundamentals of Onshore and Offshore Substations

- Equipment and Components

- Interconnection with the Grid

- Control and Protection Systems

- Project System Studies

- Case Studies and Best Practices

3. Offshore Substation Design - HVDC Technology

- Fundamentals of HVDC Technology

- Equipment and Components

- Considerations for Onshore Substations, Interconnection with the onshore Grid

- Considerations for and Offshore Substation Platform and Offshore windfarm

- Control and Protection Systems

- Project System Studies

- Case Studies and Best Practices

4. Transmission

- Power Flow within an Offshore Wind Farm

- Voltage Levels and Load Balancing

- Grid Connection Strategies

- Integration with Onshore Grids

- Grid Codes and Compliance

5. Export and Array Cable

- Types of Export and Array Cables

- Cable Selection Criteria

- Cable Monitoring, Protection and Maintenance

6. Trending Technology

- Case Studies on Technological Innovations

  • DC Grids, Floating Substations, DC Breakers, DC/DC Convereters..

Course Instructors

Neil Kirby

Business Development Manager, HVDC

GE Grid Solutions

Neil Kirby graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1983, starting work with GEC in Stafford, England, which evolved over the years through GEC Alsthom to Alstom, to Areva, to Alstom and most recently to GE.

He has held many roles in Control System Hardware and Software design, Site Commissioning and Project Engineering in HVDC systems worldwide.

Neil is currently HVDC Business Development Manager, living in Port St Lucie, Florida.

Neil is a Senior Member of IEEE, Cigre B4 Regular Member for the US National Committee, and is active on several IEEE and Cigre working groups.

Hongbiao Song

Global Technical Tender Leader for Offshore Wind

GE Grid Solutions

Hongbiao Song graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA with Ph. D degree in Electrical Engineering in Dec 2006.  He worked in Bechtel between Oct 2006 and Jan 2014 as Senior Electrical Engineer involving in many large international and US Oil & Gas (O&G) projects such as LNG, refineries, petrochemical, gasification, pipelines, etc. He worked in GE since Jan 2014 with multiple technical and commercial roles involving large international and US projects such as power generation, utilities, O&G, O&G electrification, offshore wind. He had extensive system domain and equipment domain knowledge so he can lead and coordinate with GE internal teams and external partners from different regions and different organizations to win and execute large projects. He led multiple innovative R&D programs in GE such as Trailer Mounted HV Substation, Containerized HV Substation, Fast Power HV Substation Standardization, Floating Offshore Substation.

Hongbiao is currently Global Technical Tender Leader for Offshore Wind in GE Grid Solutions, living in Houston, Texas. 

Hongbiao is a Senior Member of IEEE, Cigre B4 Member for the US National Committee, and is active on Cigre B4.98 working group.

The course outline is subject to change and a detailed agenda will be shared after enrollment.

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