Trans-Australian HVDC interconnection investigation

Bartlett, Simon (2016). Trans-Australian HVDC interconnection investigation. In: Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, APPEEC. 2016 IEEE PES Asia Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, APPEEC 2016, Xian, China, (666-670). 25 - 28 October 2016. doi:10.1109/APPEEC.2016.7779587

Author Bartlett, Simon
Title of paper Trans-Australian HVDC interconnection investigation
Conference name 2016 IEEE PES Asia Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, APPEEC 2016
Conference location Xian, China
Conference dates 25 - 28 October 2016
Convener IEEE
Proceedings title Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, APPEEC
Journal name Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, APPEEC
Place of Publication Piscataway, NJ, United States
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1109/APPEEC.2016.7779587
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9781509054183
ISSN 2157-4847
Volume 2016-December
Start page 666
End page 670
Total pages 5
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Results are presented of a study of a proposed 1,600km inter-connector through central Australia to reinforce the existing 5,000km long HVAC grid of Australia's National Electricity Market (NEM). Alternative technologies are compared and HVDC-VSC (Voltage Sourced Converters) selected for this application. Preliminary optimization selected a capacity of 700MW, operating voltage up to 350kV, twin Sulphur AAAC conductors and full-load current of 1,000A per bi-pole. Preliminary estimates of interconnector costs and benefits justify adopting a Strategic route for the interconnector via undeveloped renewable energy resources in central Australia. Further studies are proposed including investigating innovations to reduce project costs. Non-traditional benefits are identified such as enabling the development of low-cost, remote renewable energy resources; improved capacity, robustness and efficiency of the existing NEM grid; lower and less volatile electricity market prices. The study demonstrates the value of collaboration between researchers, industry and global HVDC experts to investigate the lowest cost interconnector solutions.
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