High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Converter Station

A facility that functions as an electrical rectifier (ac-dc) or an inventor (dc-ac) to control and transmit power in a high voltage network. There are two types of HVDC valves — the mercury arc valve and the present-day technology solid state thyristor valve. Both types of valves present a fire risk due to high voltage equipment that consists of oil-filled converter transformers, wall bushings, and capacitors in addition to various polymeric components.