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What about building underwater — wouldn't you lose a lot of electricity — and wouldn't it be very expensive to cross the oceans?

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underwater electricity transmission lines, profits, global electricity grid, R. Buckminster Fuller, Dymaxion Map, links, ground lines, costs, France, England, Scandinavian countries


Electricity is already flowing in high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cables underwater in a number of places. For example, underwater links connect France to England, Morrocco and Spain,and the Scandinavian countries to Europe. Underwater cables require extra protection, plus converter/invertor stations at each end, so the costs are often triple the typical overhead line expense.

Electricity losses from underwater and above ground links have been calculated for many years. These losses are all factored into the cost-benefit analysis of any new underwater link before any cable is laid.

The distances between continents is much shorter than most people think. The underwater portions of the global electricity grid would be relatively short, since most links are across relatively straits.

GENI uses Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map to show that high-voltage tranmission lines are primarily over land. There are relatively few underwater linkages to be crossed: Bering Strait, Gibraltor, Hormuz, Suez, Malacca and Timor. As a priority, it's important to get entire continents: North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, linked first.

The ultimate intercontinental link that GENI proposes is connecting Siberia and North America via the Bering Strait — an underwater distance of only 90 miles. This is about 3 times the length of existing links across English Channel (between France and England), but would be the prime diurnal interconnection -- linking the nighttime and daytime hemispheres

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Updated: 2016/06/30

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