December 15 (Renewables Now) - The largest direct current (DC) transmission line in Latin America, of 2,092 km, became operational on Tuesday in Brazil, the Ministry of Mines and Energy announced.
The transmission line uses new technology for the country with an ultra-high voltage of 800 kV, allowing the transportation of energy with smaller losses. Before the 1st Bipolo de Belo Monte project, as it is named, Brazil used 600 kV voltage in its DC transmission systems.
This power distribution network crosses four states and allows the flow of energy produced from the Belo Monte hydropower plant (HPP) to load centres in the sub-markets of the Southeast and Midwest regions.
Belo Monte Transmitter of Energy (BMTE) is the special purpose company (SPE) that developed the project. It is led by State Grid Brazil Holding SA with a stake of 51%, Furnas Centrais Eletricas SA with 24.5% and Eletronorte Centrais Eletricas do Norte do Brasil SA.