Jean-Jacques Archambault

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Jean-Jacques Archambault was a Quebec engineer, died December 23, 2001. He worked at Hydro-Québec and is known for his work on the 735kV electric transmission technology.

735-kV transmission line[edit]

Shortly after being hired as a planner at Hydro-Québec he showed interest in the 735-kV innovative idea. In 1962, while many American specialists affirmed that a 735-kV line was impossible to develop, the Commission hydroélectrique de Québec approved his idea and launched a project to install a transmission line between Montreal and the Manicouagan-Outardes complex.[1] The 735-kV technology was described as the technological innovation of the 20th century for Quebec by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.[2]

The Eastern Canada Council of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers gives out the Jean-Jacques Archambault Award of Merit in his honour, An amphitheatre in the Hydro-Québec Building in Montreal is also named for him.

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  1. ^ IEEE Canada (31 July 2006). "Biography of Jean Jacques Archambault". Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  2. ^ Hydro-Québec (29 November 2005). "Hydro-Québec célèbre le 40e anniversaire de la mise en service de la première ligne à 735 kV" (in French). Retrieved 2009-11-25.