Hitachi enables RE transmission between Canada and New York

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Highlights:

  • Using Hitachi Energy’s HVDC Light technology, CHPE will transmit up to 1,250 MW of power from Canada to the US, capable of powering 1 million New York homes.
  • The CEO of Transmission Developers announced that construction of the Hitachi Energy project will start later this year.

Global technology leader Hitachi Energy, working on sustainable energy, announced that it has been selected by Transmission Developers, a Blackstone company specializing in renewable energy development, to supply a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter station. According to Hitachi Energy, this converter station is an important part of the transmission solution for the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) HVDC link between Québec (Canada) and the greater New York City area (USA).

The connection will enable the delivery of clean, renewable hydroelectric power between Canada and New York, helping New York achieve 70 percent renewable energy in the electricity mix by 2030. Hitachi Energy said CHPE is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by an average of 3.9 million tons per year. This equates to removing 44 percent of passenger cars from New York City.

Using Hitachi Energy’s HVDC Light technology, CHPE will transmit up to 1,250 MW of power, capable of powering 1 million New York homes. The link will transmit power more than 600 km (372 miles) underground from Hertel, Canada, through Lake Champlain and the Hudson River to an HVDC converter station in Astoria, Queens.

Niklas Persson, Managing Director, Grid Integration Business, of Hitachi Energy, said: “HVDC systems have enormous potential to bring large amounts of electricity directly to cities, which is essential to ensure sustainable and affordable energy today and in the future. “

Donald Jessome, CEO of Transmission Developers, said, “We look forward to beginning construction later this year and bringing an abundance of clean, renewable energy to New Yorkers.”

The Enabler

For the New York location, Hitachi Energy is supplying the HVDC Light converter station, which converts the direct current from Canada into alternating current and makes it available for the alternating current grid in New York.

The engineering and construction company Kiewit will be responsible for the construction work for the converter station in New York.

Hitachi Energy claims that HVDC technology makes it possible to deliver large volumes of high-quality power where it is needed most, with complete control and with a compact footprint using invisible underground or undersea cables.

The complete CHPE system, of which the HVDC converter stations are the basic technology, is expected to create more than 1,400 jobs during construction. Hitachi Energy’s official statement says it will bring nearly $50 billion in economic benefits to New York State in its first 30 years of operation.

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