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Conference Location

  • Place: Grenoble INP-ENSE3 ​

  • Public Transportation: Tramway B direction presqu’ile, CEA Cambridge Stop ​

  • Conference room: 2-C-08 floor 2

International Conference on Components and Systems for DC Grids.

  • Date: 14th-15th March 2017
  • Place: Grenoble INP-ENSE3 21 rue des Martyrs, GRENOBLE, France


English will be the preferred language for papers and presentations during the conference. French language would also be an option for both sessions and the text of the communications in the final proceedings. ​ Prospective authors should submit an abstract there:


  • Dates:

  • 15th January 2017: Abstract Submission deadline

  • 23rd January 2017: Notification of acceptance

  • 15th February 2017: Full paper submission deadline

  • 14th-15th March 2017: COSYS-DC 2017, Grenoble, France

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You shall include the APIME membership fee in your payment. The "208 €" option applies only for people who have already paid their membership. Also, please don’t forget to fill in your registration form and send it as requested on the form, or at

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Final Program


In the fast changing perspective of energetic transition, direct current and more broadly power electronics appear as a solution for high voltage as well as distribution level voltages and embedded power systems. The conference will focus on dc grid equipment and topologies including protections and consider their coordination towards a sustainable, efficient and economical grid.


The integration of power electronics based equipment in various grids topologies and environments brings a number of challenges. Having them in mind from the design phase and throughout the life cycle management of the 50 year life time installations is an exercise that requires the attention of many stakeholders.


  • Date: 14th-15th March 2017
  • Place: Grenoble INP-ENSE3 21 rue des Martyrs, GRENOBLE, France

I - Grids Topologies
  • The concept of DC Grids may cover many categories of electrical installations at low, medium and high voltage levels

  • High Voltage DC grids

  • Railway supply networks

  • Smart Cities: MVDC and LVDC

  • Isolated networks dominated by Photovoltaic or wind production

  • Embedded networks in ships or aircrafts

  • Ecological impact of electrical equipment (Production, Transmission, Distribution, Use)

II - Specific Equipment and Functionalities
  • DC grids involve a set of particular equipment whose design and operation principles differ from those known in conventional AC facilities

  • AC-DC converters

  • DC-DC converters

  • DC current Limiters

  • DC Circuit Fuses and Circuit Breakers

  • Other Switching devices

  • ​Relevant Passive Components

  • Protection strategies (Internal Self-protection; Algorithms and relays to properly trigger external protective devices)

  • Voltage and current controllers

III - Constraints to comply with
  • Reliability Availability Maintainability shall be guaranteed taking into account

  • III - Constraints to comply with

  • Reliability Availability and Maintainability shall be guaranteed taking into account

  • Wind and waves for offshore platforms

  • Corrosion in salty environment

  • Temperature and humidity

  • Vibrations on mobile vehicles

  • Low footprint without sacrificing accessibility

IV - Efficiency – Ecological – Economic Impacts
  • ​Optimum trade-offs to reach acceptance

  • Targeted Markets (Congested Urban MVDC, Supergrids, ...)

  • Limited acquisition and operation costs

  • Strategy and maintenance costs

  • ​Evolutivity of the implemented systems

  • Eco-design and energy efficiency

V - Stakeholders
  • Institutions, OEM, Grid Operators, Private asset owners.

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J.-L. BESSEDE, APIME, Grenoble

S. NGUEFEU: RTE, La Défense, Co-Chair

Organization committee

Scientific & Technical Committee

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