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High voltage direct current (HVDC) & direct current (DC) technologies


The SET Plan High voltage direct current (HVDC) & direct current (DC) technologies working group brings together stakeholders of the energy sector (transmission system operators, HVDC systems manufacturers, wind turbines manufacturers, wind farm developers, etc.) to join forces in identifying the needs and pathways for the development and deployment of HVDC and DC technologies in the EU. 

The HVDC and DC technologies working group helps to align ongoing research, development and innovation actions at the national and EU level and develop new joint actions. It also raises interest in DC systems and related power electronics at the national and EU level to support this key technology for the energy transition. Finally, it increases collaboration and coordination with the SET Plan countries and ensures their active involvement in the EU technology development. 

The HVDC and DC technologies will play an important role on the renewable energy sources integration in the EU energy system, according to the stakeholders of the energy sector. For instance, innovative HDVC technologies are fundamental to integrate the offshore electricity generated in line with the objectives of the EU strategy on offshore renewable energy. Thus, these technologies will contribute to the attainment of the Green Deal objectives by 2030 and 2050. 

Targets and objectives

  1. foster productive exchanges and collaboration between the SET Plan countries to facilitate funding streams for HVDC and DC technologies research at the national and regional level
  2. inform members about policy developments and relevant funding opportunities at the European level
  3. collect information from the SET Plan countries on their national progress on HVDC and DC technologies-related projects for SET Plan purposes
  4. allow SET Plan countries to share their best practices in fostering HVDC and DC technologies research and innovation. 


Belgium and Denmark are co-chairing this group. Its members include representatives of     representatives of industrial associations, regional and national authorities in charge of research, innovation, education, climate action, and  energy in the following SET Plan countries: 

Participating countries (in alphabetical order):

Belgium (Co-chair)
Denmark (Co-chair)
Iceland (associated country) 
Norway (associated country) 
Turkey (associated country) 


Strategic plan7 February 2022
Implementation plan on High voltage direct current (HVDC) & direct current (DC) technologies