Expertise "In the middle of Difficulty lies Opportunity" Albert Einstein

Eng. Darko Vasilev

Power Systems and der High-Voltage Engineer
Bachelor and Master of Science Electrical Engineering (University)

Eng. Darko Vasilev is the founder and owner of the engineering firm VD Hochspannungstechnik in Ulm. He is known in many countries as an academic and project specialist with hands-on approach in the fields of High-voltage engineering and Power system. For more than a decade he has worked in various countries and, thanks to his high technical affinity, he was appointed to a leading engineering position at a very young age. He has actively participated in more than 25 mega projects with a total order volume of more than one billion euros.

In his youth, Eng. Vasilev was diagnosed as exceptionally gifted. As a result, he received a university scholarship. During his bachelor’s studies in the field of power systems, he conducted scientific research at the University of Glasgow. Soon after his bachelor’s thesis defence, he enrolled for a master’s degree program, specialising in high performance drives, power transformers and large rotating machinery. He graduated with distinction.

His next stay abroad took him to the United Arab Emirates, after which he was drawn to the Emirate of Qatar for many years. There he worked for one of the largest Danish Engineering Consultants, which is one of the top 20 consulting companies in the world – first as a planning engineer in the field of power T&D and power plants, soon as lead engineer; for he could not hide his special talent, his very profound knowledge and his passion for technology for long. In 2013, for example, he had an outstanding idea for the customer “Qatar Aluminium / Norsk Hydro ASA”, which saved the company 7.5 million dollars a year and earned Vasilev the company’s “Cost Improvement Award”.

Eng. Vasilev soon returned to Europe and took up a similar position in Germany with a technology conglomerate where he was responsible for projects in Pakistan, Portugal, Spain and Australia. Meanwhile, he was planning to invest the prize money in his own engineering firm and to let customers benefit from his knowledge and vast experience.


Key qualifications

  • 800kV 550kV 420kV 245kV 145kV 72.5kV SF6 Gas Insulated Switchgears (GIS)
  • 800kV 550kV 420kV 245kV 12 kV Air Insulated Switchgears
  • 550kV 420kV 245kV 145kV 123 kV Overhead Transmission Lines
  • 420kV 245kV 145kV 72.5kV 36kV 24kV 12 kV Transmission and Distribution Cable systems
  • 36kV 24kV 12kV Metal Enclosed Air and SF6 Gas Insulated Switchgears
  • Large Electrical Rotating Machinery and Variable Speed Drives
  • Substation Control Systems and Protection Systems
  • Power Transformers/Autotransformers and Reactors
  • Earthing and Lightning protection
  • Small Power and Lighting
  • Switching Certificate till 110kV und 155kV
  • Switching Certificate till 380kV


Winner: „Cost Improvement Award”

(Qatalum Ltd.-Norsk Hydro ASA)