In the fall of 1999, two Ph.D. students at the Department for Electric Power Systems of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden spent many hours discussing the integration of wind power into power systems and possible applications of HVDC technology for offshore wind farms. It soon became clear that these topics would interest and require a wider audience including experts from the wind industry. The result was the International Workshop on Feasibility of HVDC Transmission Networks for Offshore Wind Farms organized at the Royal Institute of Technology in spring 2000.
Over the past years the key topics changed continuously, reflecting the shifting focuses in the area of wind integration, for instance modeling issues, national grid integration experience, market issues as well as grid code issues became key topics of the workshop. In October 2011, for the celebration of the 10th International Workshop the workshop was held for the first time together with the 1st Solar Integration Workshop (www.solarintegrationworkshop.org). For 2017, the 1st International E-Mobility Power System Integration Symposium (www.mobilityintegrationsymposium.org) will be preceding the Solar & Wind Integration Workshops.
By 2017, this workshop has developed into one of the premier conferences in its field, providing an excellent platform for discussing the subject of grid integration of wind power into the existing power systems under the renamed workshop title International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power into Power Systems as well as on Transmission Networks for Offshore Wind Power Plants.
By the way, in 2016, Inertia Issues and Ancillary Services have been the most popular topics of the workshop, followed by Stability Issues and Voltage Control.