Eel River Converter Station


Eel River Converter Station

The Eel River Converter Station is the designation of the first operative HVDC system equipped with thyristors. The Eel River Converter Station, Canada, was the first operating fully solid-state HVDC converter station in the world, although some stations in Europe had mixed thyristor valves in with their original mercury-arc valves.Fact|date=May 2007 The design and equipment for the Eel River HVDC station was provided by General Electric with its commissioning being completed in 1972.

The Eel River Converter Station consists of two separate 12-pulse bidirectional solid-state non-synchronous HVDC ties (each nominally rated 160 MW) connecting 230-kV transmission systems of Hydro-Québec and NB Power. The station is physically located in northern New Brunswick near the town of Dalhousie. The converter station has a nominal throughput rating of 40 MW to 320 MW and an overload capability of up to 350 MW. The station was built to provide Hydro-Québec with its first major power interconnection with the remainder of eastern North America to enable export of surplus energy made available by the completion of the Churchill Falls hydro-electric project in Labrador. For the first thirteen years of its operation, Eel River operated at a capacity factor of over 100%, making it the most heavily utillized HVDC station in the world.

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*G. Sinclair (1977). [http://ieee.ca/journal/CJECE_Abstracts/1977.pdf Prospects for fusion energy] . Retrieved March 27, 2005.


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