Advantages and Disadvantages Of D.C Transmission


Advantages of D.C transmission

There is a fundamental difference between the transmission of power in a d.c. and in an a.с. system. In an a.с. system power is given by P =E1E2/X sin δ, where E1 and E2 are line voltages at the two ends, δ the electrical angle between E, and E and X is the line reactance whereas in d.c. the power is given by

                                P=(Ed1-Ed2/R) Ed2

where Edi and Ed are the d.c. voltages at the two ends and R is the line resistance.

From this it is clear that the d.c. power is proportional to the difference of the line voltages and thus will vary much more with the voltages than in the case of the a.c. transmission, where the power is proportional to the product of the line end voltages.

 Line Circuit: The line construction is simpler as compared to a.c. trans- mission. A single conductor line with ground as return can be compared with a 3-phase single circuit line. Hence the line is relatively cheaper and has the same reliability as that of a 3-phase single circuit line because 3-phase lines cannot operate, except for a short time when there is a single line to ground fault or a L-L fault as this creates unbalancing in the voltages and hence interfere with the communication lines and other sensitive apparatus on the system. It is claimed that a bipolar has the same reliability index as a two-circuit 3-phase line having six-line conductors.

Power per Conductor: For transmitting power both on a.c. and d.c. circuits let us assume that the two lines have the same number of conductors and insulators. Assuming that the current is limited by temperature rise, the direct current.  the rms alternating current. Since the crest voltage in both cases is same for the insulators the direct voltage is V2 times the rms alternating voltage.

 No Charging Current: In case of a.c. the charging current flows in the cable conductor, a severe decrease in the value of load current transmit able occurs if thermal rating is not to be exceeded; in the higher voltage range lengths of the order of 32 km create a need for drastic derating A further current loading reduction is caused by the appreciable magnitude of dielectric losses at high voltages. Since in case of d.c. the charges current is totally absent the length of transmission is not limited and the cable need not be derated.

No Skin Effect: The a.c. resistance of a conductor is somewhat higher than its d.c. resistance because in case of a.c. the current is not uniform distributed over the section of the conductor. The current density is higher on the outer section of the conductor as compared to the inner section This is known as skin effect. As a result of this the conductor se not utilized fully. This effect is absent in case of dc.

No Compensation Required: Long distance a.c. power transmission a feasible only with the use of series and shunt compensation, applied at intervals along the line. For such lines shunt compensation (shunt reactors) is required to absorb the line charging kVAs during light load condition and series compensation (use of series capacitors) for stability reason Since d.c. line operate at unity power factor and charging current absent no compensation is required.

Less Corona Loss and Radio Interference: The corona loss is proportional to (f+25), where f is the frequency of supply. F being zero in case of d.c, the corona losses are less as compared to a.c.  the corona lose and radio interference are directly related and hence radio interference zero in case of dc . is less as compared to a.c.  Also, corona and radio interference slightly decrease by foul weather conditions (snow, rain or fog) in case of D c, whereas they increase appreciably in case of a c, supply.

Higher Operating Voltages Possible: The modern high voltage transmission lines are designed based on the expected switching surges rather than the lightning voltages because the former is more severe as compared to the latter. The level of switching surges due to d.c. is lower as compared to as, and hence, the same size of conductors and string insulators can be used for higher voltages in case of d.c. as compared to a.c. In cables, where the limiting factor is usually the normal working voltage the insulation will withstand a direct voltage higher than that of alternating voltage, which already 1.4 times the rms value of the alternating voltage.

No Stability Problem: For a two machine system the power transmitted from one machine to another through a lossless system is given by

                                P=(E1E2/X) sinẟ

 where X is the inductive reactance between the machines. The longer the length of the line, the higher is the value of X and hence lower will be the capability of the system to transmit power from one end to the other. With this the steady state stability limit of the system is reduced. The transient state stability limit is normally lower than the steady state; therefore, with longer lines used for transmission the transient stability also becomes very low, A d.c, transmission line does not have any stability problem in itself because d.e, operation is an asynchronous operation of the machines. In fact, two separates a.c. systems interconnected only by a d.c. link do not operate in synchronism even if their nominal frequencies are equal and they can operate at different nominal frequencies e.g. one operating at 60 Hz and the other at 50 Hz.

Low Short Circuit Currents: The interconnection of a.c. system through an a.c. system increases the fault level to the extent that sometimes the existing switchgear has to be replaced. However, the interconnection of a .c system with de. links does not increase the level so much and is limited automatically by the grid control to twice its rated current. As a result of links this fault do not draw large currents from the a.c. system.

Disadvantages of D.C transmission

However, the d.c, transmission has certain disadvantages as well which are listed below

Expensive Converters:

The converters required at both ends of the line have proved to be reliable but they are much more expensive than conventional a.c equipment. The converters have very little overload capacity and they absorb reactive power which must be supplied locally. the converters produce lot of harmonics both on d.c. and a.c. sides which radiofrequency commutation lines Filters are required on the a.c. side of each converter for diminishing the

Electrical Power Systems:Magnitude of harmonics in the a.c. networks. These also increase the cost of the converters.

 Voltage Transformation: The power transmitted can be used at lower voltage only. Voltage transformation is not easier in case of d.c. and hence it has to be done on the a.c. side of the system. Circuit breaking for multi-terminal lines is difficult.

Also Read- Methods of improving stability


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