AMSC Secures Three New D-VAR Contracts

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Massachusetts-based AMSC has announced three new D-VAR STATCOM contracts in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada.

According to the company, its D-VAR solutions provide dynamic voltage control, power factor correction and post-contingency reactive compensation. The D-VAR systems in the U.S. and U.K. will be used to meet grid interconnection standards and connect wind farms to the power grid. The system in Canada will be used to reduce flicker violations caused by the starting of a motor at a port and rail facility.

In the U.S., AMSC's D-VAR system will connect the Route 66 Wind Farm to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas power market. Currently under construction in Amarillo, Texas, the 150 MW wind farm will be owned and operated by First Wind.

In the U.K., Senvion, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, will use AMSC's D-VAR system to connect the Strathy North Wind Farm to the grid. The wind farm, which is owned by SSE, is currently under construction and will feature 33 Senvion MM82 wind turbines. The plant is expected to become fully operational toward the end of calendar year 2015.

In Canada, a D-VAR system will be installed near a port and rail facility to mitigate the voltage flicker caused by the starting of large electric motors at the facility. The D-VAR system is designed to maintain the voltage within acceptable limits set by the local utility.

‘These most recent projects in the United Kingdom and United States indicate forward momentum in two of our core wind markets," says Daniel P. McGahn, president and CEO of AMSC. "The installation in Canada demonstrates our continued efforts to diversify the D-VAR customer base further into industrial applications.’

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