BPA Library and Visitor Center archivist Libby Burke will present the history of BPA’s High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Test Center. The HVDC Test Center, the first facility of its kind in the United States, was established to use emerging industry knowledge on conversion between alternating current and direct current. This conversion technology could enable stable long-distance electricity transmission that moved as a high voltage, direct current before it was converted to a lower voltage, alternating current when it reached the end-user home or business. Because of testing at this facility, BPA reached technological breakthroughs in the 1960s that allowed the creation of the Pacific NW-Pacific SW Intertie.
Public visitors will be required to go through airport-style security upon arrival.