Now there’s a way to connect small wind generation systems to the grid easily and cost-effectively. The PureWave DSTATCOM was introduced on March 24 by the Chicago-based S&C Electric Company as the latest addition to its distributed static compensator product line.
Installed on the transmission or distribution system, the PureWave DSTATCOM continuously monitors voltage and reacts within three to six milliseconds to reduce variable energy output that can cause sags and surges, as well to offset instability caused by fluctuating demand.
The single-inverter model is specifically designed as a cost-effective VAR (volt-ampere reactive) compensation solution for small wind generation plants. It enables renewable energy sources to meet utility interconnection requirements, as well as the power factor, voltage output, and low-voltage ride-through requirements, of various worldwide grid codes. The modular design of the PureWave DSTATCOM allows for quick installation.
"All renewable generation systems—from large wind plants to single-turbine systems—must meet grid code requirements before they can be connected to the grid," stated Jim Sember, vice president, Power Quality Products Division, S&C. "The expanded PureWave DSTATCOM product line is a proven VAR compensation solution that ensures renewable energy of all shapes and sizes—including energy generated from plants with one to six turbines providing less than 3.5 MW of electricity—can be utilized."
"As more states and countries set renewable energy goals, we are helping … developers and utilities [to] get their renewable projects online more efficiently, while optimizing and controlling output," commented Sember. "S&C's solutions play an integral role in ensuring [that] wind projects successfully meet even the strictest grid interconnection codes."
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