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Re: East Coast outage?

  • From: Chris Adams
  • Date: Sun Aug 17 01:24:40 2003

Once upon a time, Chris Lewis <clewis@nortelnetworks.com> said:
> Chris Adams wrote:
> >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 was under the assumption that the transmission line was at the same 
> voltage as the end-user, because there were no good DC-DC voltage 
> converters in that day.  And a few bazillion amps at 120V needs a really 
> fat wire.

To the many that (properly) corrected me: yes, this is what I was
thinking about (well, that and the server I was restoring at the time).
I wasn't aware that there are high voltage DC long-haul lines that then
are converted to AC for local distribution.

-- 
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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