Welcome to Underground and Submarine Power Cables


Description: The installation of power cables at HV levels became more common in recent years, with Denmark being one of the countries with a larger percentage of HVAC cables. The reasons for the increasing installation of cables go from the public resistance to overhead lines (OHL) to the need of connecting offshore wind farms, something only possible using submarine cables.

Denmark has an ambitious plan of exchange all its 132kV and 150kV OHLs by cables before the end of 2030. Such ambitious plan will affect the operation of the power system, by introducing new phenomena resultant of the different electrical parameters of the cables when compared with OHLs.

This course will address different topics related with installation and operation of underground and submarine HV cables, from their design to the more advance electromagnetic behaviour.

Several of the topics presented in the course are areas of research today and the most recent state-of-the-art will be presented for the different topics, based on existing industry procedures and recommendations from international engineering associations as Cigré. The topics of course are:

  • Fundamentals of underground and submarine cables;
  • Installation of underground and submarine cables;
  • Modelling of cables for steady-state, dynamics and electromagnetic transient phenomena;
  • Thermal studies of power cables;
  • Reactive power compensation of power cables;
  • Study of electrical phenomena characteristic of power cables including hybrid cable-OHL lines;
  • Protection of power cables and setting of relays;
  • Harmonics propagation in power cables and resonances;

Prerequisites: Degree in Electrical Power System or similar

Organizer: Associate Professor Filipe Miguel Faria da Silva, email: ffs@et.aau.dk, Aalborg University

Lecturers: Associate Professor Filipe Miguel Faria da Silva, Aalborg University External:Thomas Kvarts Dong Energy og  Rasmus Olsen Energinet


Price: 6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 1500 DKK for PhD students in Denmark, who are not from AAU. 8000 DKK for the Industry.

Time: 6-8 September

Place: PON 101- room 21

Zip code:


Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 16. August 


Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.