Measurements of corona ion induced atmospheric electricity modification near to HV power lines

J. C. Matthews*, A. J. Buckley, P. A. Keitch, M. D. Wright, D. L. Henshaw

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Corona ions emitted from high voltage power lines and propagated by the wind can attach at a given rate to atmospheric aerosols and will create disturbances in the Earth's DC electric field. Local electric field variations have been measured using field meters upwind and downwind of power lines and a fixed site monitoring station has been built to enable space charge near a power line to be continuously recorded. At similar sites, the high resolution mobility spectra of atmospheric ions and charged small aerosols have been ascertained using two custom-built mobility spectrometers. These measurement techniques have indicated an increase in the charge state of small aerosols at ground level and an increase in space charge with high variability downwind of high voltage power lines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationELECTROSTATICS 2007
EditorsN Green
Place of PublicationBRISTOL
PublisherDeutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft & IOP Publishing Ltd
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventElectrostatics 2007 Conference - Oxford
Duration: 25 Mar 200729 Mar 2007

Publication series

NameJournal of Physics Conference Series
ISSN (Print)1742-6588


ConferenceElectrostatics 2007 Conference




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