Cardiff’s ‘super grid’ research showcased at Shanghai launch

10 October 2016

MEDOW - Wind farm

Cardiff University’s work to design a pan-European renewable energy ‘super-grid’ has been showcased in an international UK innovation report.

Cardiff’s School of Engineering is leading a €3.9 million international academic-industry partnership, pioneering the development of super-grids for offshore wind – known as the ‘Multi-terminal DC grid for Offshore Wind’ or MEDOW.

International Innovation by UK Universities highlights the project as an exemplar of how UK universities contribute to international innovation.

The report was launched in Shanghai by Jo Johnson MP, UK Minister of State for Universities and Science, as he visited China for events highlighting the strength of UK-China education, science and innovation relationships.

Lead engineer, Dr Jun Liang, said: “MEDOW runs until 2017, but we hope to be able to apply for further funding to continue the project - MEDOW-2. We now head the Energy cluster within the Vision2020 Network - a pan-European research network for SMEs and universities.”

The MEDOW consortium consists of five academic and six industrial partners from the UK, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Denmark and China – an example of the UK’s global innovation in action following the EU referendum result.

The super-grids are planned to span the European continent and beyond, linking sources of renewable power generation to ensure constant provision to millions of homes.

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