South Korea: KEPCO partners with ABB on power grid reliability

ABB has been awarded a contract by the Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO) to help boost long distance transmission capability in South Korea.

Under the contract, ABB will provide its Thyristor Controlled Series Compensation (TCSC) technology, designed to help Alternating Current (AC) lines to increase the capacity of energy being transmitted.

The contract is part of KEPCO’s plan to optimise its transmission and distribution networks to ensure a stable electricity supply and grid resilience.

ABB claims it’s technology provides a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution to support the power flow control from the near-by generation plant, while eliminating the need to build new power lines.

The solution would play a key role in supporting reliable power supply to Seoul by addressing complex power quality issues in the grid.

The TCSC solution is part of an ABB’s family of Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) technologies intended to help enhance power quality in the grid while improving the capacity and flexibility of power transmission systems.

The South Korean government aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020 while meeting growing electricity demand. The region also plans to install increased renewable capacity namely 1.8 gigawatts of solar capacity and 5 gigawatts of onshore and offshore wind by 2030.

As part of this effort to, the country is investing in smart grid infrastructure with support from Kepco.


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