AMSC, a Massachusetts-based provider of wind energy and power grid solutions, has announced the installation and commissioning of three D-VAR STATCOM systems in Africa and the U.S. Two systems are connecting wind farms to the grid, and one is helping ensure power quality at an industrial site.
AMSC says its D-VAR solutions provide dynamic voltage control, power factor correction and post-contingency reactive compensation to stabilize the power grid and prevent undesirable events such as voltage collapse.
The new installations include the following:
– First Wind is using the solution to connect the 30 MW Kahuku Wind project in Oahu to Hawaiian Electric Co.'s grid.
– Consolidated Power Projects, a high-voltage construction company, has installed the D-VAR system as part of its efforts to connect the 140 MW Cookhouse Wind Farm to the grid of Eskom, South Africa's primary electric utility.
– The Yellowstone Valley Electric Co-op in Montana is using a D-VAR system to mitigate the voltage sags and flicker caused by large power draw from a local car shredding facility.
Additionally, AMSC has announced that it has won four new D-VAR contracts in Australia, North America and South Africa. For all of these new contracts, the company says the system will be used to meet interconnection standards and connect wind and solar plants to the grid.
‘To achieve our financial targets, we remain focused on winning new orders in both existing and emerging markets,’ says Daniel P. McGahn, president and CEO of AMSC. ‘The new orders we announced today, in conjunction with the new installations, demonstrate our accomplishments in our core markets of Australia and the United States – as well as in Africa, one of our targeted emerging markets.’