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
9781509054190
ISSN 2157-4847
Volume 2016-December
Start page 666
End page 670
Total pages 5
Collection year 2018
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.
Keyword Converters
HVDC
Interconnection
Renewables
VSC
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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