Elia Innovation

InnoDC in a nutshell

InnoDC is a consortium of 14 partners from industry, academia and the third sector offering a development path to researchers across Europe in the area of offshore wind and Direct Current (DC) grids.

Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, it will train 15 early stage researchers enrolled at the partner universities, on offshore wind power and DC grids, preparing them for their role in the energy transition.

Why InnoDC?

The increasing integration of HVDC and renewable energy has transformed the grid and our understanding of it. These changes are challenging the operation of power systems. It is Elia’s responsibility to guarantee the safe and reliable operation of the system, which makes it fundamental to understand what the impact of these new scenarios is and how to face the new challenges.

Our contribution

At Elia, an early stage researcher will be working on determining what modelling approaches and software tools are required to study power systems with a high penetration of power electronic devices. Doing so, it allows us to better grasp existing software tools and suggest improvements. The research focuses on how to accurately model the components of the power system and assess what level of modelling detail is really needed for different types of system studies with this new technology.


"Being part of the InnoDC project is a perfect opportunity to collaborate with researchers across Europe to improve the understanding of the challenges power systems will be facing. Completing the first milestone of the project really showed the participating parties dedication to the state of the art research and have provided excellent learning opportunities through collaborative efforts."

Nathalia de Morais Dias Campos, Early stage researcher

"The InnoDC project presents an outstanding opportunity for talented young individuals to kickstart their career by developing expertise on key technologies for the energy transition. The active involvement of industry partners such as Elia is crucial to speed up the uptake of newly developed solutions for tomorrow’s power systems."

Jef Beerten, Professor at KU Leuven - EnergyVille and PhD supervisor

The Partners

InnoDC InnoDC member organisations recruit and train Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). The consortium members are drawn from across Europe and China, offering the best combination of know-how and experience to help the ESRs build foundations for research careers with impact.
KULeuven KU Leuven is an institution for research and education with international appeal. All programmes at this University are based on the innovative research of its scientists and professors. KU Leuven ranks among the best 50 universities worldwide.
EU InnoDC project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 765585.