Sunday 22 April 2018

Cable link key to our energy needs

Objectors to the proposed HVDC (High-Voltage Direct Current) link between Ireland and the UK claim the cables pose a health risk.

High-voltage overhead lines may well be dangerous to health, but cables do not pose such a risk because the electric and magnetic fields are contained with the cable, and DC is safer than AC because it cannot induce extraneous currents.

This is an essential project to allow Ireland to export and import power to and from the UK, and, like wind turbines and the Corrib gas pipeline, it is necessary to combat global warming, to provide some degree of energy independence and protection against peak oil prices, while posing virtually zero health risk.

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