HVDC Onshore Wind Converter Station Dangers

HVDC Onshore Wind Converter Station Dangers 
Offshore wind power electric generation is going to use HVDC, high voltage direct current. High voltage direct current transmission is new in the United States. Every household in the US uses alternating current since the invention of the light bulb.   
The HVDC power from the offshore wind turbines must be changed on land to alternating current at a high-voltage direct current converter station. The electric cables coming onshore at 1200 megawatts generally are more than a nuclear plant power with voltages up to 345,000 volts. These cables to the converter station will be in some cases buried through residential towns including neighborhood streets. 
The large amount of heat generated during the conversion of AC to DC requires these systems must be cooled when operating by any means possible. The cooling could require a local water supply, well water, fans, volitive petroleum transformer mineral oil, and SF 6 gas. In case of an accident, there has to be some type of containment from the local water drinking supply contamination.  
HVDC converters contain two types of switchgear, transformers, capacitors, and filters for harmonic suppression. There is always the possibility of a lightning strike requiring types of fire suppression that won't harm the local environment.   
Due to the electronic field inspection robots are needed inside an HVDC converter while operating or the plant has to be shut down for human inspection.
A standard 1200-megawatt HVDC converter station requires around 6 acres of land and an additional site to accommodate a 400-megawatt battery backup to prevent the larger electric power grid from failing. 
  • HVDC converter stations produce acoustic noise. These stations can generate high levels of radio-frequency interference requiring high walls to provide noise protection. The only land-based wind turbine noise mitigation is distances of thousands of feet from turbines in residential neighborhoods.
There do not appear to be any peer-reviewed health and safety studies of direct current converter stations in the United States. In many cases, New England state legislatures and administrations failed the public by placing commercial wind turbines close to residential neighborhoods. Annoyances of regulatory noise, infrasound, and shadow flicker caused massive litigation for years. Politicians ignored aesthetic concerns for a green agenda.
In the Bronx, New York a children's museum is concerned about a high voltage direct current converter in a seven-story building proposed on a one-acre site. 
The New York concerns are the health threat from strong electromagnetic fields that have been associated with childhood leukemia in multiple international studies. The site will create a dangerous and inhospitable environment for the neighborhood. A dramatic increase in construction traffic over a long period. The noise hum and acoustic sounds associated with transformers and the safe operation of the museum.  
Operating HVDC systems is complex requiring continuous communication between all terminals.
When short circuits occur on the high voltage output side of a HVDC converter station a power fault can be created. 
Offshore Wind is building an HVDC converter station and a battery backup site on an old brownfield site at the old Brayton Point coal power station in the vicinity of Fall River, Massachusetts. This site looks appropriate as contaminants usually contain acres of coal residue hydrocarbons, heavy metals, etc. 
On the other hand, Offshore Wind is also proposing a six-acre site in Falmouth Massachusetts a vacation and boating destination. The site is being proposed on the Cape Cod Aquifer which provides 100 percent of the drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency has designated the Cape Cod water supply a sole source aquifer under the Safe Drinking Water Act. 
Are HVDC converter stations worth the risk of polluting groundwater near homes dependent on safe drinking water?


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Comment by Willem Post on January 18, 2024 at 10:17am

We do not care about Kerry’s huge CO2 footprint.
We care about what nonsense comes out of his mouth, which has not been connected to his brain for decades

Here is another nonsense spouter

The UN chief, Antonio Guterres, scare-mongered about a “boiling earth”.


The Kerry and Guterres pronouncements are relentlessly magnified by the IPCC, associated entities and mainstream Media. They are colluding to keep people misinformed.


COP28 had a gigantic CO2 footprint, with 88,000 registered in the blue zone and 40,000 in the green zone,including the world’s elite, with jet planes, yachts, staying at 5-star hotels, etc.

They spouted a pseudo-science, based on subjective air temperature models for a non-existent problem. 

The image of the temperature models is a distortion of reality, as seen through the lens of biased observers

The essential shortcoming of the IPCC-sanctioned climate models is, they do not reflect the reality of objective data, such as measured by satellites since 1979.

The divergence between subjective, IPCC-sanctioned models and satellite reality is mind boggling. See image 1

Oh, do not forget. Kerry is going to help Biden with his campaign. Obama must be getting desperate.

The US had a coup d’etat in 2020, and had Jan6 riots to protest that malfeasance by a free people,

Those riots were aided and abetted by Pelosi (in charge of US House security), etc., and FBI, DOJ, etc., in a false-flag manner.

The consequences of the “Election” of someone in the basement was worse than the Japanese inflicting Pearl Harbor on the US.


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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