Westborough, Massachusetts [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] American Superconductor Corporation received two orders for its D-VAR voltage regulation solution for use in wind farms being constructed in the U.S.; each order exceeds $1 million.
These latest D-VAR systems will serve two wind farms in the Midwestern United States with nearly 450 megawatts of combined wind power capacity. The wind farms use wind energy systems from Mitsubishi, Vestas and GE. Both wind farms are scheduled for operation within the next 12 months.
“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 United States based largely on requirements put in place by local utilities,” said Chuck Stankiewicz, senior vice president and general manager of AMSC Power Systems. “We see this trend continuing as wind plays a more prominent role in our domestic power supply in the years ahead.”
The AMSC D-VAR units will be delivered in the second half of 2007 and 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. These are the 29th and 30th wind farms worldwide (8th and 9th wind farms in the U.S.) to have purchased AMSC’s D-VAR systems.