HVDC power transmission is becoming increasingly important as great amounts of energy generated by remote renewable energy sources have to be transported over large distances, and, its share grows rapidly. If transmission lines fail, it leads to huge outage costs that can seriously affect project cash flows. As a result, system operators and manufacturers are asking for equipment to be tested to the most demanding of installation conditions .

Kema Labs HVDC test laboratories are the largest in the world. Development tests can be carried out up to 1,200 kV DC on HVDC cable systems and we also test HVDC thyristor valves and carry out type tests and prequalification tests.

We have up to 1,800 m 2 of available space that can be divided in to three flexible and separated test bays.

Capability and ratings:

  • 3 HVDC generators 800 kV, 1,200 kV and 1,600 kV;
  • 3,000 kVpeak 300 kJ impulse generator
  • Heating/cooling control system for wireless measuring systems for cable temperature
  • Hall size 60 x 26 x 21 (L x W x H) meters; up to three independent areas (26 x 20 m each) separated by movable walls