Virtual Power Seminar: Offshore Multi-terminal HVDC (MTDC) grid design for the U.S. Atlantic Coast


August 23, 2022    
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm

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Title: Offshore Multi-terminal HVDC (MTDC) grid design for the U.S. Atlantic Coast

Speaker: Moazzam Nazir, Clemson University

The offshore wind energy potential in the United States is 2000GW, as per the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). To accrue maximum benefit from this resource, such as, enhanced reliability and resiliency, congestion reduction and capacity addition, the offshore grid must be planned prudently. The multi-terminal HVDC (MTDC) networks are a way forward due to their ability to be transformed into a backbone offshore grid that has a series of benefits in terms of reliability, economy, and flexibility. This seminar will provide an overview of different multi-terminal networks in Europe, China, and North America, both onshore and offshore, with more focus towards offshore MTDC networks considering the focus of this seminar more towards offshore wind energy bulk power transfer. It will propose a way forward for a future integrated onshore/offshore electricity grid by describing a feasible offshore grid design for large scale integration of offshore wind (OSW) on the U.S. Eastern coast. It will address several technical issues pertinent to planned offshore grid development in the U.S., including voltage levels and HVDC converter technology to improve grid operations, reliability, and availability.

Speaker Bio:  Moazzam Nazir received the bachelor’s degree from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan, in 2010, the master’s degree from Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2012, and the PhD degree from Clemson University, in 2022, all in electrical engineering. He has more than five years of work experience in research organizations and industry pertaining to electrical and electronics engineering. He secured the Fulbright Ph.D. scholarship from the U.S. Department of State in 2017 and completed his PhD research on a Savannah River National Laboratory project related to power systems reliability enhancement through protection of transmission and distribution transformers against DC. He won the Clemson University Harris Award for Outstanding Graduate Researcher in 2020 for his PhD research endeavors. He is currently working as an eGRID Lab Leader at the Dominion Energy Innovation Center (EIC) – Clemson University. His research interests include power systems protection, renewable technologies, power converters, and control systems.



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