SCiBreak joins European PROMOTioN Offshore Grid project

SCiBreak, InnoEnergy supported start-up, is now part of the European PROMOTioN consortium. The Swedish start-up will bring its HVDC breaker technology to the project – a valued addition to better address interoperability issues in multi-vendors HVDC grid systems.

The PROgress on Meshed HVDC Offshore Transmission Networks (PROMOTioN) aims to develop meshed HVDC offshore grids on the basis of cost-effective and reliable technological innovation combined with a solid political, financial and legal regulatory framework. During the project three key technologies will be demonstrated: Diode Rectifier offshore converters, an HVDC (High-voltage direct current) grid protection system and existing HVDC circuit breaker prototypes. A regulatory and financial framework will also be proposed, including an offshore grid deployment plan for the future offshore grid system in Europe.

SCiBreak intends to take part in the efforts towards standardization in the field of HVDC breakers within the project, together with the other project partners. The start-up will also support the work towards creating mathematical models of HVDC breakers on different levels of abstraction, so that their interaction with the overall system can be studied by simulation.

In addition, SCiBreak will contribute to:

  • the development of practices and standards for testing of HVDC breakers. A prototype of their breaker technology will be made available for testing at DNV GL’s facilities.
  • a techno-economic analysis of HVDC equipment that will serve as one input to the deployment plan for a European offshore HVDC grid that PROMOTioN will provide.


About SCiBreak: SCiBreak is a Swedish start-up founded in 2014 to commercialize new technology for interrupting electric current. The technology allows for interruption of high AC or DC currents with high returning voltage within a few milliseconds. Combining power electronics and mechanical interrupting elements, it allows safe and fault-tolerant operation of HVDC grids at a substantially lower cost compared to existing breaker solutions.

About PROMOTioN: PROMOTioN is presently the biggest energy project in the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research Program. The project consortium which is coordinated by DNV GL includes 35 partners from 11 countries – all major HVDC manufacturers, TSO’s linked to the North Sea, several wind turbine suppliers, offshore wind developers, leading academics, industry organisations and consulting companies.


Based on PROMOTioN press release. Read full article here.