Utilizing the Precious Asset of Right-of-Way to its Maximum

Date:   Tuesday, March 18, 2014                               Refreshments: 5:30 to 6:00 PM

Meeting:  6:00 to 7:00 PM                                                    Earn 1.0 CPD Hour

Location: AEP Office, Conference Room 2C, 700 Morrison Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Abstract:With the increasing difficulty in acquiring right-of-way for overhead transmission, existing right-of way is a precious asset. There are ways in which maximum power transfer on a right-of-way can be achieved. This includes conversion of AC circuits to DC and the various configurations that can be applied and increase in power transfer capability that can be achieved. The main issues in the conversion process will be presented. When new overhead transmission is necessary for high power transfers, compact HVDC transmission is possible for sharing existing right-of-way including roadside and rail side. This new topic of compact HVDC transmission will also be presented.


Lionel Barthold

Mr. Barthold, an honors graduate in Physics from Northwestern University, joined General Electric in 1954 following a brief tenure in the planning department of Public Service Co. of Indiana.  Following several power equipment design assignments, he joined GE’s analytical engineering group in Schenectady where he is credited with a number of innovations in transmission line and system theory including the first rigorous solution of radio interference from transmission lines. In 1959 he was named Technical Director of GE’s “Project EHV,” an 800 kV transmission research center and was later responsible for converting the site to ultra-high voltage, for ultimately transferring the facility to EPRI, and for initiating the first edition of the widely used EPRI “Red Book” of EHV line design.

Barthold left GE to found Power Technologies, Inc. (PTI) in 1969, served as President until 1986 and as chairman until 1999.  The company, since acquired by Siemens, is internationally recognized as a leader in high voltage transmission and system technologies and as the developers of PSS/E, still an internationally used model for system planning. Under his direction PTI developed joint ventures and affiliations in major countries throughout the world.

A Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Barthold has chaired several IEEE Power Engineering Society technical committees and served as President of that society from 1981-1983.  In 1989 he was granted IEEE’s Power Life Award for his work in promoting harmonious integration of power systems and the environment. He was elected a member of the U.S National Academy of Engineering in 1981.

Barthold has served as US technical advisor to several CIGRE and IEC committees and  served as chairman of a CIGRE Study Committee (41) focusing on the future of electric power transmission and systems, and as a member of a committee addressing changes in CIGRE for the new century.

Author of over one hundred technical papers in U.S. and International publications, Barthold has been awarded six US patents dealing with high voltage power transmission; one dealing with efficient conversion of three phase ac transmission lines to dc.  

Mr. Barthold was a Director of Trustco Bank New York from 1975 to 2001, was co-founder and chairman of Cellutech, llc, a chemical development company in Everett Massachusetts, and is a former trustee and past President of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy and Land Trust. He serves a director of several upstate New York arts organizations.  

Currently a resident of Lake George, N.Y., Barthold serves as a consultant in ac-to-dc line conversion technology under the corporate name iMod, Inc.

 Dennis Woodford

Dennis Woodford was Special Studies Engineer in Transmission Planning of Manitoba Hydro where he worked on the Winnipeg –Twin Cities 500 kV interconnection and the Nelson River HVDC project. He is the original developer of the PSCAD/EMTDC simulation software, which he started in 1975 while at Manitoba Hydro.

He joined the Manitoba HVDC Research Centre as Executive Director (’86 – ’01) and is now President of Electranix Corporation, a consulting company based in Winnipeg. He is participating in system studies, preparation of the technical specification, project engineering and commissioning of a number of HVDC, VSC and SVC projects.

He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Province of Manitoba and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Manitoba.  He is the recipient of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Uno Lamm Award and a Life Fellow of the IEEE.  He is Past-Chairman of the IEEE Subcommittee on HVDC and FACTS, and is active in CIGRE.

Please RSVP to Richard Smelker by email to rdsmelker@aep.comOr by phone at 614-552-1697 by 6:00PM, March 17, 2014

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