AMSC Receives Order from Suzlon Energy for Australian Wind Farm

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) received an order from Suzlon Energy Australia Pty. Ltd. (SEA) for a Dynamic VAR (D-VAR) system for Australia’s Hallett Wind Farm. When completed, Hallett will have 94.5 megawatts (MW) of capacity.

The Hallett Wind Farm will consist of 45 wind turbines rated at 2.1 MW each. AMSC’s D-VAR systems will regulate the voltage at the Hallett Wind Farm, thereby meeting Australia’s stringent grid interconnection standards. The wind farm is scheduled to come online by early 2008. AMSC will deliver a D-VAR system rated at 20 mega Volt-Amp Reactive (MVAR) of reactive compensation to SEA in the second half of calendar 2007 that will be installed at a utility substation connecting AGL Energy’s Hallett Wind Farm to the national power grid. “D-VAR is a proven product that offers us steady-state voltage regulation, power factor correction, and high-voltage ride through capability — all required to comply with the local interconnection requirements for the wind farm,” said Serel Ogten, SEA’s electrical engineering manager. SEA, a subsidiary of Suzlon Energy A/S of Denmark, is designing, procuring, constructing and commissioning the Hallett Wind Farm project for AGL Energy Limited, an Australian electricity and gas retailer.
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