Electromagnetic environment around HVDC transmission lines

March 13th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize

by Matthew Sibanda and Robert van Zyl, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Nishanth Parus, Eskom

The purpose of this paper is twofold. Firstly, an overview of the interaction between high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission lines and the environment they are operated in is presented. Secondly, the equipment required to characterise this environment is discussed. There is a need to understand the environmental effects of transmission lines due to regulations involved in new line design. General effects of both high voltage alternating current (HVAC) and HVDC overhead transmission lines are provided.

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