American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC), headquartered in Westborough, Mass., has received two additional orders for its D-VAR voltage regulation solution for use in wind farms being constructed in the U.S. Each order is worth over $1 million.
The D-VAR units will serve two wind farms in the Midwestern U.S. with nearly 450 MW of combined wind power capacity, according to AMSC. The systems – expected to be delivered in the second half of 2007 – will provide voltage regulation and power factor correction, along with contingency assistance to prevent voltage collapse for the power grid to which the wind farms will be connected.
‘Wind farm developers, owners and operators are turning to AMSC's D-VAR solution for grid interconnection in increasing numbers,’ says Chuck Stankiewicz, senior vice president and general manager of AMSC Power Systems. ‘While most of our orders have come from overseas where government-imposed dynamic voltage requirements are in place, we are beginning to generate more business in the U.S. based largely on requirements put in place by local utilities.’