HVDC-VSC Training

From planning to operation and maintenance

March 18th - 22nd, 2019

Training centre Jonage
23 Avenue Lionel Terray, 69330 Jonage

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- Industry: 2,800€*
- Professors & Students: 2,000€*

*A 3% fee is applied for credit card payments



The objective of the training is to present a technical hands-on on HVDC-VSC systems. It is organized in collaboration with RTE.

The training covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to VSC-MMC technology
  • Modeling and simulation of HVDC-VSC systems with EMTP
  • Control and protection of VSC-MMC stations
  • Specifications of HVDC-VSC projects
  • Maintenance of HVDC converters

This course presents practical and technical information on HVDC-VSC systems and operations based on real projects.

Temporary EMTP licenses will be provided to the audience. EMTP will be used to illustrate concepts and performances of HVDC-VSC systems.

Intended audience

This course is intended for engineers, researchers, operators and maintenance personnel. It provides an up-to-date technical expertise on HVDC-VSC projects.

Training structure

The duration is 5 days.
The training starts at 8:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm every day.
Lunch breaks (included in the course fee) are from noon to 1:00 pm.


Manuel Aguado

HVDC Project Engineer, RTE

Manuel Aguado was born in Zaragoza, Spain on May 5, 1972. He obtained his degree in Industrial Engineering, electrical specialization, from the Centro Politecnico Superior de Zaragoza in 1997. He worked in Germany and France for ABB as project leader in the field of power stations and for ALTRAN as consultant in the telecom, medical and rail environments. Since 2004 he works for RTE, the French electricity network operator, in the market, operations and development areas. In the last 4 years his work is  converter station engineer for several HVDC interconnectors projects at different states (feasibility, tendering and under construction).

Samy Akkari, Ph.D.

HVDC Expert Engineer, RTE

Samy Akkari graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan in applied physics and Electrical Engineering where he undertook a double master degree with Polytechnique on renewable energies and power grids. He then pushed on with a doctorate with Supélec, in collaboration with Centrale Lille, on the feasibility and control of HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) multi-terminal electrical networks. He
is now a national expert at RTE in the National Center for Grid Expertise, on the monitoring and maintenance of the HVDC and SVC French facilities.

Sébastien Dennetière, Ph.D.

Senior Principal Engineer, RTE

Sébatien Dennetière graduated from École Supérieure d'Electricité (Supélec) in France in 2002. He received the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Polytechnique Montréal in 2003 and 2017, respectively. From 2002 to 2004 he worked at IREQ (Hydro-Québec) on research and development activities related to the simulation and analysis of electromagnetic transients. From 2004 to 2009 he worked at the research center of EDF in the field of insulation coordination and power system simulations. In January 2010 he joined the French TSO RTE (Réseau de Transport d'Electricité) where he is currently involved in power system simulation.

Jean Mahseredjian, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow

Professor, Polytechnique Montreal, Lead developer of EMTP, www.emtp.com

Jean Mahseredjian is the creator and lead developer of EMTP. From 1987 to 2004 he worked at IREQ (Hydro-Quebec) on research and development activities related to the simulation and analysis of electromagnetic transients. He is currently with the faculty of electrical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, where he is pursuing research activities in the field of power system transients and power system analysis in general. Since 2018, Jean is also the CEO of PGSTech where EMTP development and consulting services are offered.

Pierre Rault, Ph.D.

Senior Engineer, RTE

Pierre Rault obtained a Ph.D. degree at Ecole Centrale de Lille in 2014, named “Dynamic Modeling and Control of Multi-Terminal HVDC Grids” in collaboration with RTE. Since then, he is working at RTE doing research on HVDC activities such as interoperability MMC and he also provides support for current RTE HVDC projects. His field of expertise includes EMT offline and real-time simulations of HVDC systems.

Hani Saad, Ph.D.

Senior Engineer, Lead and Principal Designer, RTE

Hani Saad received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal in 2007 and 2015, respectively. From 2008 to 2010 he worked at Techimp Spa. in the Laboratory of Materials Engineering and High Voltages (LIMAT) of the University of Bologna on research and development activities. In 2014, he joined the French TSO RTE (Réseau de Transport d’Electricité), where he is currently involved in HVDC projects and EMT studies.

Marco Schudel

HVDC Project Engineer, RTE

Marco Schudel is an engineer in the Power Electronics Department of RTE currently working on converter stations for HVDC interconnectors. He previously worked in the Power System Expertise department of RTE’s R&D Direction on electricity market designs and optimal power-flow models. He graduated from the engineering school École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) in 2014 and has a double degree (MSc) in applied mathematics from Université Pierre et Marie Curie.


March 18th, 2019: Basics on HVDC-VSC technology for transmission grid

P. Rault, S. Dennetière, J. Mahseredjian

9.00 - 12.00

  • Basics on HVDC
  • Introduction to VSC: AC/DC converters, basis on VSC controls, HVDC links with VSC
  • First hans-one experience with EMTP-RV to illustrate HVDC basics

13.00 - 17.00

  • HVDC MMC station main equipment description
  • Converter cell description
  • Transformer arrangement and arm reactor
  • AC/DC filters
  • PQ diagram


March 19th, 2019: HVDC-VSC Control and Protection

H. Saad, P. Rault

9.00 - 12.00

  • Basis on MMC modeling and simple test cases in EMTP-RV
  • General description of VSC controls
  • Specific upper level and low level controls for MMC converters

13.00 - 17.00

  • General overview of converter protection strategy and implementation in real systems
  • Impacts of VSC converter on AC protection relays (balanced and unbalanced conditions)
  • Losses estimation for MMC converters


March 20th, 2019: Studies with HVDC VSC systems

H. Saad, P. Rault, S. Dennetière

9.00 - 12.00

  • EMT studies over the life cycle of VSC systems
  • Transient during normal operation: analysis of start-up and shut-down sequences

13.00 - 17.00

  • DC side transients analysis: analysis of typical DC faults
  • Interaction studies

March 21nd, 2019: HVDC VSC project management

M. Aguado, M. Schudel

9.00 - 12.00

  • Basic Design approach
    • Key technical parameters (Techno/DC voltage/Topology and link to Cable technology)
    • Project valorisation
  • Tender Principles
    • Supplier pre-selection principles (PQQ)
    • Equipment pre-qualification
    • ITT principles (Best offer versus Valorisation of technical criteria, number of rounds, etc.)

13.00 - 17.00

  • Technical Specifications
    • Contract
    • Interfaces
    • Basis of Design
    • Equipment
    • Maintenance
  • Project Execution
    • Organisation chart
    • Design review principles (time to review, level of Employer participation in factory tests, what needs to be challenged)
    • Commissioning organisation and sequence

March 22nd, 2019: Maintenance of HVDC-VSC systems and integration in AC grids

S. Akkari, S. Dennetière, Y. Vernay, H. Saad

9.00 - 12.00

  • Maintenance of HVDC-VSC
    • Maintenance of HVDC-VSC converter stations for HV equipment, auxiliary systems and controls
    • Maintenance experiences and recommendations

13.00 - 17.00

  • HVDC control and protection replicas
    • Usage of control replicas in a real projects - rationale and experiences
    • Modeling of VSC converter stations with real-time simulation tools
  • Lab training on a real Control and Protection replica
  • Analysis of studies examples bases on real projects



Training centre Jonage
23 Avenue Lionel Terray, 69330 Jonage



Which hotel to book in Lyon?
Hotels are not included in your registration fee. We recommend that you reserve
your hotel as soon as possible. The course will be held in the RTE training center in Jonage. You need 35 minutes to go there by tram from “La Part-Dieu” district in Lyon, close to the “Lyon Part-Dieu” railway station.

You can reserve your hotel close to the training center (Hôtel Kyriad Meyzieu Lyon Est) but this is an industrial area. We suggest hotels closer to the tram station in “La Part-Dieu” district in Lyon. Some hotel options are provided below:

Modern hotel with a bar

Nice deisgn hotel

Modern hotel with restaurant & bar

Nice hotel for smaller budget




General conditions for HVDC-VSC Training:

Participants will have to pay 100% in advance before the course.

Advance payment is required by Credit Card (*3% tax will apply on credit card payment) or by Bank wire Transfer.


Cancellation can be made according to Powersys’ General Conditions for training:

In case you cannot attend the training after having registered, please contact us as soon as possible at marketing@powersys.fr.
In case of cancellation three weeks or more before the beginning of the training, the participants will not be charged.
In case of cancellation less than three weeks before the beginning of the training, the participants will be charged 50% of the training fees.

Please note that the participants will not be reimbursed of any travel and/or accommodation expenditure in case of cancellation of the training.
We recommend you to make your travel arrangements once the training is confirmed by email.

This training is organized in collaboration with RTE

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Contact for training information:

Frédérique PEYRET | Marketing Manager, Powersys


Jean MAHSEREDJIAN, Ph.D, IEEE Fellow | Lead developer of EMTP