Utility adopts volt optimisation for DER expansion


A utility based in New England has deployed a voltage optimisation technology developed by AMSC.

The system will allow the utility to reduce the costs required to connect an off-grid industrial customer to its electric grid by avoiding upgrading existing distribution lines.

The technolog will mitigate voltage flickers caused by the starting of a large motor located at the customer site.

The project will help reduce carbon emissions since it will eliminate the use of diesel generators currently used to power the motor.

This allows for the stabilisation of distribution feeder lines, while maintaining installation flexibility.

“We expect that the potential market for VVO will expand as utilities begin to deploy VVO solution to address power quality issues caused by industrial applications,” said Daniel P. McGahn, CEO at AMSC. “In addition to enabling large scale adoption of distributed generation, the precise and rapid reactive power and voltage control provided by our VVO system can assist utilities in maintaining their power quality standards in a cost-effective manner.”