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Introducing High Voltage Direct Current Transmission Into An Undergraduate Power Systems Course

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Learning about Power Systems and Power Consumption

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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14.805.1 - 14.805.19

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Kala Meah York College of Pennsylvania

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Kala Meah received his B.Sc. from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1998, M.Sc. from South Dakota State University in 2003, and Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming in 2007, all in Electrical Engineering. Between 1998 and 2000 he worked for several power industries in Bangladesh. Dr. Meah is with the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Physical Science at York College of Pennsylvania where he is currently an Assistant Professor. His research interest includes electrical power, HVDC transmission, renewable energy, power engineering education, and energy conversion.

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Wayne Blanding York College of Pennsylvania

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Wayne Blanding received his B.S. degree in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982, Ocean Engineer degree from the MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program in Ocean Engineering in 1990, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2007. From 1982 to 2002 was an officer in the U.S. Nav⁹s submarine force. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at York College of Pennsylvania. His research interests include target tracking, detection, estimation, and engineering education.

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T Introducing High Voltage Direct Current Transmission into an Undergraduate Power Systems Course Kala Meah,, and Wayne Blanding Electrical and Computer Engineering York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA, USA


High voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems have shown steady growth in capacity addition for the past three to four decades. More than 100,000 MW of HVDC transmission capacity is installed around the globe in more than 100 projects and over 25,000 MW of additional HVDC transmission capacity is under construction. The HVDC system is suitable for interconnecting two asynchronous power systems, as well as for undersea and underground electric transmission systems. For bulk power transmission over long distances, HVDC systems are less expensive and suffer lower losses compared to high voltage alternating current (HVAC) transmission systems. Multi-terminal HVDC systems may provide a better alternative for underground transmission systems in urban areas and large cities. As a power systems engineer it is important to have a basic understanding of HVDC transmission system operation, control features, advantages and disadvantages compared to HVAC transmission systems. This paper discusses the HVDC transmission system can be introduced into a power systems course. Introduction to the HVDC transmission system is designed for the last three class sessions of an undergraduate power systems class. By the end of the semester, students have the necessary background on power systems to understand the basics of HVDC system operation.

Class one: Introduction to HVDC transmission systems, Advantages and disadvantages of HVDC transmission systems, Assignment: comparative economic evaluation of the HVDC and HVAC systems. Class two: Detailed study of a two-terminal HVDC transmission system, Control features and modeling with software such as Matlab/Simulink. Class Three: Simulation study, Assignment: simulate a three-terminal HVDC system.


Alternating current (AC) is the most convenient form of electricity for industry/residential use and in electric distribution systems. Direct current (DC) has some distinct advantages over AC for high power long distance electric transmission systems, underground and undersea electric transmission systems, and for interconnecting two asynchronous power systems1,2. Flexible AC transmission system (FACTS) is an emerging technology in electric transmission which enhances controllability and increases the power transfer capability of the network3,4. Typically a FACTS is an electric power system controlled by power electronics. HVDC technology was first

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Meah, K., & Blanding, W. (2009, June), Introducing High Voltage Direct Current Transmission Into An Undergraduate Power Systems Course Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas.

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