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Journal of Energy in Southern Africa

versión On-line ISSN 2413-3051
versión impresa ISSN 1021-447X

J. energy South. Afr. vol.23 no.2 Cape Town  2012


Rural electrification using overhead HVDC transmission lines



Leon Chetty; Nelson Ijumba

HVDC Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa




One of mankind's greatest modern challenges is poverty alleviation. The provision of electricity can greatly assist in this regard. The tapping of small amounts of power from an HVDC transmission line represents a solution to this problem especially in rural areas. This paper analyses the dynamic characteristics of a parallel-cascaded tapping station. The results obtained clearly indicate that the parallel-cascaded tapping station proves to be a viable solution to tapping small amounts of power from an HVDC transmission line.

Keywords: rural electrification, HVDC transmission lines, voltage source inverter



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Received 27 September 2010
Revised 19 September 2011