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B4 HVDC and Power Electronics


To facilitate and promote the progress of engineering and the international exchange of in­formation and knowledge in the field of HVDC and power electronics.  To add value to this information and knowledge by means of synthesising state of the art practices and develop­ing recommendations.


The work of the Study Committee addresses all the relevant target groups in power indus­try interested in Power Electronics.  In addition to technical aspects, economical and en­vironmental subjects of this technology and asset management are covered.

The Study Committee activities include following subjects -

HVDC:  economics of HVDC, applications, planning aspects, design, performance, control, protection, control and testing of converter stations, i.e. the converting equipment itself and also the equipment associated with HVDC links.

Power Electronic for AC systems and Power Quality Improvement: economics, applica­tions, planning, design, performance, control, protection, construction and testing.

Advanced Power Electronics:  development of new converter technologies including con­trols, use of new semiconductor devices, applications of these technologies in HVDC, Power Electronics for AC systems and Power Quality Improvement.  Power Electronics used in other fields of the Electric Power Industry, interesting for other Study Committees, will be covered by demand, this Committee being the Sponsoring Committee.


Each Study Committee oversees a number of Working Groups.