Optimal dynamic grid stabilization
SVC PLUS® (STATCOM)
Whenever an innovative and universally applicable solution for grid enhancement is required, SVC PLUS® provides the ideal solution. Our advanced STATCOM (static synchronous compensator) with modular multilevel converter (MMC) technology provides additional benefits compared to conventional solutions for reactive power compensation. While conventional SVC installations already provide a highly dynamic solution for voltage regulation in the power grid, the modular multilevel system SVC PLUS® is even faster and offers additional benefits. Siemens Energy also offers mobile SVC PLUS® solutions that support short-term grid changes and rapid restoration after severe incidents.
Despite its outstanding performance, SVC PLUS® requires relatively few system components, which simplifies the design, planning, and engineering of new projects. The components used for SVC PLUS® comprise proven and robust components such as industrial class insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBT), reactors, capacitors, and in utility applications AC power transformers.
Thanks to modular multilevel converter (MMC) technology our SVC PLUS® offers great flexibility regarding design and layout of converters and substations. The modularity and the low number of system components also reduce commissioning time compared to complex conventional SVC systems.
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Ameren Clears the way with SVC PLUS® STATCOM technology
In order to fulfill their plans of closing old coal fired plants, Ameren chose Siemens Energy STATCOMs to provide support for transient voltage recovery. As less coal and more renewable and distributed energy resources are being integrated into the grid, Ameren had to take new technologies into account. After comparing different technologies, the choice fell on Siemens Energy STATCOM as they consist of fewer components, produce a smaller footprint and have a less complicated design. Find more advantages on the link below.
Better control for power grids, better load compensation
Depending on your needs, Siemens Energy provides the right solutions for grid stabilization and load compensation of any scope. The portfolio comprises the conventional STATCOM and the advanced SVC PLUS® in manifold combinations, and the mobile SVC PLUS® systems that can be moved to any place in short time.
Variations of STATCOMs for utilities
Small footprint, huge performance
The SVC PLUS® is an advanced STATCOM (static synchronous compensator). By using the voltage-sourced converter (VSC) technology based on Siemens Energy modular multilevel converter (MMC) design, it offers high economical and technical flexibility by its modular design. The footprint of an SVC PLUS® installation is smaller than a conventional SVC installation of the same rating, by up to 50 percent.
Best of both SVC worlds
In order to extend the symmetrical operating range of SVC PLUS® solutions, Siemens Energy developed the hybrid STATCOM, which allows asymmetrical operating ranges thanks to the additional thyristor switched reactor (TSR) or thyristor switched capacitor (TSC). The hybrid STATCOM doesn’t generate additional harmonics, so no filters are required.
Grid stabilization – anywhere, anytime
The mobile STATCOM is Siemens Energy’s multi-tool for transmission grids that enables temporary grid support and grid resilience against emergencies. The preconfigured SVC PLUS® container combines major components in one housing and enables “plug and play” cable interconnection. A reactor container that contains the reactor coils including conventional bus bar arrangement complements it. The mobile STATCOM is the optimal solution for rapid service restoration after severe incidences, line rework, and grid changes, for example during power plant shutdowns.
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Different STATCOM systems for industrial applications
Smallest footprint for load compensation of medium size industrial plants
The SVC PLUS® is an advanced STATCOM (static synchronous compensator). By using the voltage-sourced converter (VSC) technology based on Siemens Energy modular multilevel converter (MMC) design it offers high economical and technical flexibility by its modular design. The footprint of an SVC PLUS® installation is smaller than a conventional SVC installation of the same rating, by up to 50 percent.
The "small solution" offers the right load-compensating performance for medium-size industrial plants: excellent voltage stabilization provides the best preconditions for stable production, securing power quality parameters secures hassle-free connection to the public grid.
Load compensation for large industrial plants or for weak grid connection
More and more often, the necessity arises to set up industrial plants with large fluctuating consumers in regions with weak electrical infrastructure – the most prominent example is the electrical arc furnace for melting scrap steel: Extreme variation of electric power consumption combined with generation of harmonics characterize the behavior of this consumer of electric power. Maintaining power quality parameters on the other hand is often a precondition to connect such a plant to the public grid. This constellation calls for a compensation system of highest performance.
To achieve this task, filter circuits are added in parallel to the multilevel converter (MMC) as in the SVC PLUS® Compact to fully and optimally utilize the complete range of reactive power of the converter.
Load compensation of very large industrial loads
The SVC PLUS® 2+1 is the Siemens Energy approach to very large industrial electric consumers: Electric arc furnaces nowadays often are in the range of 200MVA – a tough task also for the load compensation system. A combination of 2 SVC PLUS® converters, together with filter circuits where required, is the concept of choice, that also offers highest achievable results in flicker reduction and improvement of other power quality parameters. This solution additionally offers concept-inherent partial mutual backup – in case of a failure of any of the 3 functional groups SVC PLUS® converter 1, converter 2 or filter circuits the faulty functional group is switched off, but the remaining system stays in operation with reduced power, which allows the load to continue operation. Depending on the actual short circuit power level a power reduction of the load may be necessary, if the grid cannot tolerate temporarily the reduced power quality improvement of the remaining compensation system.
STATCOM solutions all over the worldSiemens Energy is active on all continents. With references worldwide Siemens Energy has proven experience with all global environmental challenges. With FACTS projects executed up to the highest voltage level over the whole FACTS portfolio Siemens Energy can call itself a world market and technology leader.
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Optimal reactive power compensation
With SVC PLUS, Siemens Energy further enhanced the capabilities of a static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) with modular multilevel converter (MMC) technology. Whenever your applications require a highly dynamic solution for voltage regulation, the modular multilevel system SVC PLUS is the right choice.