Staying ahead of the curve: 800 kV
Ultra High Voltage Direct Current (UHVDC) transmission, with voltages of up to 800 kV, is the choice being made by many energy managers around the world for the future network developments.
With generation sites becoming farther and farther away from load centers, HVDC is particularly economical for transmission distances greater than 700 km.
HVDC can transmit three times as much power per tower compared with conventional AC. This means a substantial reduction in land costs and often no new right-of-way (ROW) access permits, particularly difficult in densely populated regions.
UHVDC transmission maintains all the technical advantages associated with HVDC transmission: back-to-back or point-to-point connections for synchronized or asynchronous networks, regardless of voltage or frequency. Fully controllable, all HVDC systems prevent faults from propagating and reduce overall associated transmission losses.
However, UHVDC provides even greater advantages when applied to the very high power levels and long distances required by many large rapidly industrializing countries/regions, where rates of load growth are very high and sources of generation may be thousands of kilometers away from the load centers.