[TowerTalk] DC very high voltage transmission lines

Jim Lux jimlux at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 16 10:56:04 EDT 2006

At 10:17 PM 8/15/2006, Michael Tope wrote:

>----- Original Message ----- From: "Jim Lux" <jimlux at earthlink.net>
>>>  They have experimented with lines up to 1 million volts in the U.S. and
>>>we do have some lines running DC now in the states.
>>The Pacific Intertie includes is a +/- 400 kV DC link that has been in
>>operation since the 1960s
>>This link (now running at +/- 500kV, since 1982) terminates at the Sylmar
>>converter substation just north of Los Angeles and carries arount 3 GW.
>I seem to recall someone telling me that the Sylmar link was capable of 
>operation against a ground return?

Yes.. actually a sea return.  There's a bunch of "ground electrodes" in the 
ocean, at least at the southern end.  A 48 km transmission line connects 
them.  One of those links describes it.

>Mike W4EF.............................

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