Impact Moderation of Power Transmission Lines on the Environment by the Shielding of Trees

Hongwei Zhou, Ling Ma, Liping Sun, Hongjv Zhou, Desheng Liu, Liping Cai


Dense high voltage power transmission lines limit human living space and affect the natural landscape and environment. Concerns about the environment in the corridor of high voltage power transmission lines and the occupied land area need to be addressed. Trees are a dissipative medium that can affect polarization in electric fields, leading to excitation of the induced electric field and shielding the impact of electric fields. A mathematical model for the electric field calculation of trees was established by selecting, mapping, and calculating the larch tree species in an experimental forest field at Northeast Forestry University, Heilongjiang Province, China. This study used the finite element method of equivalent excitation sources and the equivalent tree model to estimate the electric field shielding effectiveness of trees. The shielding effect of trees on the electric field of high voltage transmission lines was obvious. Planting trees reduced the transmission lines corridor width by 50.7%, and the maximum electric field in the ground decreased by 95.9%. Thus, planting trees to reduce the electric field of power transmission lines was more effective than the currently widely used method of erecting wires.


Trees; Transmission lines; Shielding; Electric field; Equivalent model; Finite element method

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