ABB Power Consulting Group announces HVDC Seminar for utility planners, developers

2016-10-04 - Energy Central Article - October 3, 2016
Raleigh, NC, October 3, 2016 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is pleased to announce that its independent Power Consulting business will host a two-day, intensive training seminar entitled, “HVDC: Planning, Modeling and Economic Justification.”

The seminar, which will take place November 1-3 at ABB’s Power Grids Americas headquarters in Raleigh, includes a two-day training session on High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) planning practices and applications, followed by an optional half-day session on HVDC Economic Modeling on November 3. It is designed for personnel of electric utilities, developers and transmission system operating companies who are involved in the planning, engineering, specification and operation of power transmission systems.

“The gradual increase in HVDC projects across the US and Canada in recent years can be attributed to several key drivers, such as the power industry’s shift from coal to gas-based generation; the rise of renewable energy and the need for efficient, reliable transmission from remote sources over long distances to load centers; and the growing interest in “invisible transmission” – underground and underwater transport of power via direct current over long distances, as an alternative to traditional overhead transmission, siting and political issues, and the limitations of AC underground systems to shorter distances,” said Salman Gill who manages business development for Power Consulting in North America. “Recognizing these drivers and examining current HVDC applications will help course participants in assessing their own transmission systems.”

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