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ABB wins order to support integration of offshore wind energy

23 July 2017

ABB has won a $30 million order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC Light Static Compensators (STATCOMs) to smooth out the voltage fluctuations that are an inherent feature of intermittent wind energy. 

The UK Government has set a target to meet 15% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. Contributing to this goal, the East Anglia ONE project is expected to provide in total, 714 MW of renewable wind energy from 102 wind turbines to meet the needs of over 500,000 homes. The offshore wind farm is located approximately 43km off the Suffolk Coast in the southern North Sea. 

STATCOM is part of ABB’s family of FACTS (Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems) technologies that help reduce losses, enhance the capacity and flexibility of power transmission systems and contribute to more efficient and reliable grids. 

Two ABB TrafoStar Autotransformers will be incorporated in the STATCOM system. These compact and low weight transformers combine the functionality of two transformers while boosting energy efficiency by significantly reducing the total losses.

”ABB’s advanced STATCOM and transformer technologies will not only help stabilise voltage fluctuations and enhance power capacity but also improve the quality and reliability of renewable wind energy supplies to millions of people,” said Patrick Fragman, head of ABB’s Grid Integration business, a part of the company’s Power Grids division. “Renewables and power quality are both key focus areas of our next level strategy and such technology solutions reinforce our position as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

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