History of HVCRC

Evolution of HVCRC Technology

Mercury Cable’s high voltage composite reinforced conductor (HVCRC) is the third generation of composite conductors, founded on more than 10 years of research and development from the industry’s leading scientists and engineers.

Mercury Cable and HVCRC are decedents of the original composite core transmission lines created by W. Brandt Goldsworthy. Considered the Godfather of the Composites Industry, Goldsworthy was a pioneer in the plastics and composite industries, inventing the pultrusion process in 1955.

Goldsworthy saw potential for great improvements in electrical distribution, and conceived the idea of replacing a typical steel core with a composite core for overhead transmission. In 1998, his team created the first-generation composite conductor: the composite reinforced aluminum conductor (CRAC). The original design later evolved into an aluminum conductor composite core in 2005.

Today, Mercury Cable’s HVCRC product line has improved upon the original Goldsworthy research and design to create the strongest, lightest and most efficient next-generation transmission line, the HVCRC Smart Conductor.