Investigation of the Possibility to Convert Medium Voltage AC Overhead Lines (OHL) to DC

Sinanuri Surawijaya, Anton Andreas Buchner, Uwe Schichler, Suwarno

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With the events related to the energy transition, a shift from a traditional towards a decentralised power generate-on can be observed. The growing use of volatile, renewable energy sources culminates in the need for storage as well as transportation capabilities in the grids of tomorrow. Transmission and distribution grids worldwide are based on alternating current (AC), a well-established technology. This concept works reliable and stable but comes along with some restrictions. The transmittable power is limited by factors like the need for reactive power, which affects the maximum transmission length. Furthermore, dielectric losses as well as the skin effect limit the efficiency of AC power transmission. Due to these restrictions, the use of Direct Current (DC) can be beneficial. The Medium Voltage Direct Current (MVDC) power transmission is a promising approach to enhance the transport capacity of transmission links, such as cables or overhead lines. As several publications point out, the possibility of converting existing Medium Voltage Alternating Current (MVAC) overhead lines (OHL) to DC operation, the aspect of using overhead lines in such systems has to be investigated. Therefore, locally used MVAC insulators (Austria, Indonesia) as well as conductors are tested in terms of flashover strength and audible noise behaviour under DC-voltages. Environmental parameters like moisture, temperature and surface pollution are to be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUPEC 2020 - 2020 55th International Universities Power Engineering Conference, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9781728110783
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020
Event55th International Universities Power Engineering Conference, UPEC 2020 - Virtual, Torino, Italy
Duration: 1 Sept 20204 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameUPEC 2020 - 2020 55th International Universities Power Engineering Conference, Proceedings


Conference55th International Universities Power Engineering Conference, UPEC 2020
CityVirtual, Torino


  • Audible Noise
  • Flashover Voltage
  • Insulator
  • MVDC
  • Overhead Lines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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