The very first IEEE Milestone in Sweden – “Gotland HVDC link, 1954” awarded to ABB and Vattenfall

May 15th, 2017 is a proud and a special day. The very first IEEE milestone in Sweden was dedicated at a ceremony at the HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) station at Ygne, Gotland, Sweden

The IEEE Milestone ceremony at the HVDC station – many joined from the industry and from academia.

“The Gotland HVDC Link was the world’s first commercial HVDC transmission link using the first submarine HVDC cable. It connected the island Gotland to mainland Sweden. The 96 km-long cable used mass-impregnated technology. The Swedish manufacturer ASEA (now ABB) produced the link for Vattenfall, the state-owned utility. The project used mercury-arc valves for the 20 MW/100 kV HVDC converters, developed by an ASEA-Vattenfall team led by Dr. Uno Lamm.”

The nomination team has done a great job for quite some time:

  • Olof Samuelsson, IEEE Sweden PES/PEL Chapter, Lund; project manager of the milestone process
  • Lina Bertling Tjernberg, Chair IEEE Sweden PES/PEL Chapter, KTH
  • Bo Nilsson, ABB HVDC
  • Per Norberg, Vattenfall Eldistribution / Chalmers

Mats Edvinsson, Chair IEEE Sweden Section and also sponsor of the milestone, officially dedicated the very first IEEE Milestone in Sweden. Lina Bertling Tjernberg, IEEE Sweden PES/PEL Chapter Chair described the IEEE Milestone process.

Vattenfall and ABB are proud receivers of the prestigious IEEE milestone – they made the excellent and groundbreaking technical achievements in 1954.

From left to right in picture above:
Olof Samuelsson, IEEE Sweden PES/PEL Chapter.
Lina Bertling Tjernberg, IEEE Sweden PES/PEL Chapter Chair, Magnus Callavik, head of R&D for the ABB business unit Grid Integration, Annika Viklund, Senior Vice President, Vattenfall Business Area Distribution and Niklas Persson, head of the ABB unit HVDC, and Mats Edvinsson, Chair IEEE Sweden Section.

A summary pdf and additional information is available here.