Background and activities

I work in the field of high voltage apparatus, electrical machines and power electronics at the Department of Electrical Power Engineering at NTNU. I am interested in how a system-oriented perspective and digital tools can help improve the design of electrical systems, from generation to consumption. I am the study program leader for Electrification and Digitalisation (ELDIG). I am a member of NTNU Team Wind and the Gemini Centre on Green Aviation. 


Keywords: High Voltage Apparatus, Electric Ageing Mechanisms, High Voltage Electric Machines, Partial Discharges, HVDC systems, Wind Energy, Electric Aviation, Electrostatic Machines

My research focus:

  • Insulation design for HVDC, HVAC and inverter-fed machines
  • System-oriented design of electromagnetic machines
  • Partial discharges

I have coordinated the EU proposal “Modular High Voltage Direct Current Generator for Onshore Wind (ModHVDC)” in 2018, the project received a high score but was not chosen for funding, received incentive funding from IE-faculty for high score. Partners: DTU, UGENT, Sintef Energi, Siemens Gamesa, Fabricom, Partzsch Elektromotoren, PowerCon

Received two research awards: Nowitech Innovation award (2015) and Grønn fases energipris (2016) for a compact, high voltage generator.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

Report/dissertation

  • Olsen, Pål Keim. (2020) Internal Partial Discharges at High DC Voltage and the Effect of Superimposed AC Voltage. 2020. ISBN 9788232650002. Doktoravhandlinger ved NTNU (2020:327).
  • Olsen, Pål Keim; Mauseth, Frank; Ildstad, Erling. (2020) Internal Partial Discharges at High DC Voltage and the Effect of Superimposed AC Voltage. 2020. ISBN 978-82-326-5001-9.