AMSC Announces Order for Wind Farm on PEI, Canada

American Superconductor Corporation announced another order for its D-VAR reactive compensation product to meet grid interconnection standards for wind farms. Delivery of the system is expected in the second half of 2007 and will be the 27th wind farm worldwide to use AMSC’s D-VAR solution.

AMSC will provide a four-megaVAR (MVAR) D-VAR system for the new West Cape Wind Farm under construction on Prince Edward Island (PEI). This wind farm is being developed in two phases by Ventus Energy Inc. of Toronto, Ontario. Phase I commenced construction in September 2006 and consists of eleven Vestas V80 1.8-MW wind turbine generators. Construction of Phase 2 is set to begin in the summer of 2007 and will consist of forty-four Vestas V80 1.8-MW generators. AMSC’s D-VAR solution will be used for Phase I of the project and will provide voltage regulation and power factor correction in accordance with the province’s grid interconnection requirements. Because of the wind farm’s remote location, the D-VAR system can also be used to mitigate any voltage flicker that may be generated by the wind farm, thereby ensuring the quality of the power being delivered to the grid. This exemplifies the D-VAR systems ability to provide digital-grade power to customers – a substantial advantage in today’s digital economy. “This order is a prime example of our D-VAR product’s versatility and flexibility,” said Chuck Stankiewicz, senior vice president and general manager of AMSC Power Systems. “Our product was selected for the West Cape Wind Farm because it not only helps meet local grid interconnection standards, but also ensures the quality of the zero-emission electricity being supplied to customers.”
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