LV DC technologies: potential applications for a clean energy transition

The Commission is organising a webinar on low voltage direct current (LVDC) and direct current (DC) technologies for interested energy stakeholders.

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Participants will need to register (the registration link will be available soon on the event page).

Date/Time/Sessions: Monday 8, Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 November 2021, 09.10 ÷ 12.30

Monday 8 – Session I: LVDC technologies and systems – State of affairs

Tuesday 9- Session II: LVDC technologies and systems – Potential development and applications

Wednesday 10 – Session III: barriers, needs for further development & EC role


The duration of the presentations is 10 min while the keynote and the introductory presentations last 20 min each. There will be the possibility for questions in the Panel Sessions.

Panel sessions:

In each Panel session, the first 10 min will be dedicated to Q&A about the presentations. At the beginning of the panel session, the moderator will have the online Q&A and then the topic of the panel session will be debated.

Below you can find a summary of the webinar and in attachment a draft agenda of the event.

The growing penetration of DC-based renewables in the electricity system in combination with the existing DC-based loads are the drivers that inevitably push R&I to develop DC technologies and its application in the market. Renewables such as PV panels generate DC (Direct Current) or need a double conversion AC/DC/AC, such as wind turbine generators, to meet the AC grid quality requirements. On the consumption side, most of the loads are in DC (computers, cell phones, radios, TVs, LEDs, etc.). Furthermore, storage components as batteries and supercapacitors have a DC character.

In this context, Low Voltage DC (LVDC) can have a significant role in the distribution system, in microgrids, in charging station systems, in home applications and others.

The European Green Deal aims at climate neutrality by 2050 to transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. It covers all sectors of the economy, in particular transport, energy, agriculture and infrastructure, but also others such as ICT, for example. The energy sector is involved in all the aspects that can contribute to this aim, including the DC technologies.

The webinar on “Low Voltage Direct Current (LVDC) and DC Technologies: Potential applications for a clean energy transition” aims to:

  • Take stock of the actual development and the potentialities of applying LVDC technologies in the actual electricity grid and in homes;
  • Identify the barriers (technical, regulatory, standardisation) for further development;
  • Collect input/recommendations for further actions.
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