× Comprehensive Solution ATC needed a solution that could control the power flow across the Straits of Mackinac and the UP, and at the same time operate reliably in challenging, remote parts of the system. The solution was a high voltage, direct current (HVDC) converter station using voltage source converter technology, operating in a back-to-back configuration to stabilize the system. Black & Veatch assisted ATC in developing a comprehensive solution, starting from the initial system analysis through conceptual design, engineering, construction and commissioning for the HVDC converter station. As the owner’s engineer, Black & Veatch ensured that the project met the technical requirements needed to restore system flexibility. “ATC needed an expert in HVDC technology, and we looked for a partner we could depend on to help educate, advise and assist with the Mackinac HVDC project. Black & Veatch was our unanimous choice.” Ken Jauquet, Project Manager, American Transmission Company The HVDC converter station is rated to transfer up to 200 megawatts of power bidirectionally and provide reactive power for local voltage support within milliseconds under extremely dynamic conditions. The benefits to ATC’s more than 300,000 customers are system stability, prevention of overloads and the ability to utilize more diverse sources of energy. The project has allowed ATC to schedule outages so that upgrades to existing transmission infrastructure, as well as construction of new lines and substations, can take place as needed. The Mackinac station is the world’s first HVDC back-to-back system for transmission using voltage source converter technology. Photo Gallery Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you. 0 Related Insights Commercial, industrial manufacturers press for sustainability, rethink energy options The changing energy landscape is prodding businesses to rethink how they use and manage electricity. Sustainability and Automation: Two Megatrends Reshaping the Commercial & Industrial Space After a significant focus on investments in labor productivity, forward-looking data from the 2019 Strategic Directions: Commercial & Industrial Report reflects a projected shift in sustainability investments towards IT, data and communications infrastructure. Let’s Embrace Distributed Infrastructure to Decrease Power Outages For outages caused by a loss of power, data center operators now have an opportunity to reverse the trend, and more importantly associated declines in revenue and brand power. The Stormwater Resilience Roadmap: Integration of Delivery Frameworks and Financial Capacity A structured path to a paradigm shift in stormwater management can be developed by integrating an alternative program planning and execution framework, and by enhancing financial resilience through effective funding mechanisms. 5 Investments Utilities Can Make to Remain Happily Married to Ratepayers For those that want to keep their ratepayer relationships intact, it’s time for utilities to offer their customers not only what they need now, but what they will certainly be clamoring for in the future: cheaper, cleaner energy. Related Project Stories DIY Approach Makes Water Treatment Safer for Hong Kong Citizens The Hong Kong Water Supplies Department is bringing more clean drinking water to its citizens in much safer ways. Ultimately, the department set out to double the Tai Po Water Treatment Works’ production. Achieving that goal was an amazing feat in itself, but the department saw beyond the infrastructure to boldly address the equally complex challenge of safe and sustainable treatment. Lifting the Burdens of Capital Improvement Programs For more than 20 years, Black & Veatch worked with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission to upgrade its wastewater treatment system on a project-by-project basis. There were many short-term wins, but resilience dated master plan made the long-term a bit less clear. The real win, and biggest cost savings, required a different approach. Shell Microgrid Doubles as Research Lab for Testing New Energy Solutions Black & Veatch designed, procured and constructed a microgrid for Shell, which is using it to generate power while it also serves as a working test lab to explore advancements in renewable energy. Client Removes Transmission Lines with Minimal Disruption to Auto, Train Traffic Below The United Illuminating Company needed to replace existing transmission line conductors located on 100-year-old lattice towers built on a historic railroad bridge, hiring Black & Veatch as the EPC contractor. Black & Veatch’s EPC Expertise Expands Capacity, Ensures Reliable Power Delivery in West Texas Black & Veatch provided engineering, procurement and construction services, including permitting, for the new Cassava Substation, enabling AEP to prepare for future growth by providing greater capacity and higher voltage to support area oilfields.