AMSC grabs module supply deal for UK and US wind farms

AMSC has won two supply contracts for its voltage-stabilizing technology for the grid connection of wind projects in the US and the UK.

The company will install its dynamic volt-amp reactive (D-VAR) system to meet grid interconnection standards for stability needed for renewable energy projects in the two countries.

In the US, AMSC will supply the system for Route 66 wind project to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Ercot) grid, under construction currently.

The facility will be owned and operated by wind developer First Wind.

For UK, the Turbine manufacturer Senvion will use AMSC’s D-VAR system to connect the Strathy North wind project in Scotland to the grid.

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The development is owned by SSE, which is currently under construction and will feature 33 Senvion MM82 2.3MW turbines.

The system helps to detect and compensate for voltage disturbances by inserting leading or covering reactive power into the grid.

The United Kingdom is ranked as the world’s sixth largest producer of wind power, having overtaken France and Italy in 2012. The UK is one of the best locations for wind power in the world, and is considered to be the best in Europe.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s report 20% Wind Energy by 2030 envisioned that wind power could supply 20% of all U.S. electricity, which included a contribution of 4% from offshore wind power.

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