American Superconductor (AMSC) Receives Record Smart Grid Order From Vestas

American Superconductor (AMSC) is pushing higher in premarket trading on news that it has received a record grid interconnection order from wind energy giant Vestas.  It’s subsidiary, Vestas Australian Wind Technology has placed an order with AMSC for a large D-VAR-based grid interconnection system, utilizing 24 D-VAR modules integrated with external smart-switched capacitor banks that are optimized for wind farm applications.

AMSC components will be used at the 206MW Collgar Wind Farm in Western Australia which is currently under construction and expected to  be completed by the end of next year.  AMSC will deliver the grid components sometime within the year.

AMSC is no stranger to Australian wind farm deployments.  The Collgar deployment will be its eighth with the company currently connecting 600MW of wind power to Australia’s grid, representing about a third of total capacity.

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AMSC VP Timothy Poor commented: “Australia was among the first countries to adopt dynamic voltage control requirements for wind farms connecting to the utility grid.  We expect that additional countries around the world will adopt similar strict dynamic voltage control requirements to more effectively control power flows stemming from the utility-scale wind farms and solar power plants that are being installed around the world. This, in turn, will help expand our addressable market.”

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