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Re: East Coast outage?

  • From: Michael Painter
  • Date: Sat Aug 16 18:00:14 2003

http://www.hydro.mb.ca/our_facilities/ts_nelson.shtml

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Adams" <cmadams@hiwaay.net>
To: <nanog@merit.edu>
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2003 10:48 PM
Subject: Re: East Coast outage?


> 
> Once upon a time, Iljitsch van Beijnum <iljitsch@muada.com> said:
> > Maybe a stupid question...
> > 
> > But what if the huge distribution systems used DC and the whole thing 
> > was only converted to AC close to the users in small installations? 
> > This would get rid of the frequency problems.
> 
> Basic physics.  To run DC at the power levels required, the "wire" would
> have to be over 100 feet in diameter IIRC.  Look up the Edison vs. Tesla
> power arguments for all kinds of information on AC vs. DC.
> 
> This is one of the problems that makes the room-temperature
> superconductor a "holy grail" research area.
> 
> -- 
> Chris Adams <cmadams@hiwaay.net>
> Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
> I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.
> 




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