Onshore and offshore wind farms are heavy consumers and generators of reactive power. FACTS are implemented to address Power Factor challenges, reduce electricity bills, and meet the Grid Code criteria of local Power Utility.
Equipment operated within FACTS relies on medium and high voltage circuit breakers to energize or de-energize capacitor banks, shunt reactors, filters, SVC, hybrid-STATCOM, etc. However, an uncontrolled or random load switching operation causes voltage disturbances and inrush currents. These may damage circuit breakers and equipment within a substation, alter power quality and lead to equipment failure or to blackouts.
The SynchroTeq controlled switching and monitoring device improves reliability and stability of FACTS solutions: while switching loads, it operates circuit breakers at the optimal moment to prevent transients such as inrush currents and voltage disturbances. Thanks to unique features such as fast switching, ability to handle partially discharged capacitor banks and more, SynchroTeq technologies also assist FACTS for improved responsiveness in power factor adjustment.
- Increases revenues as downtime are minimized
- Complies with Utility Grid Code requirements and avoid associated penalties
- Leverages power factor correction techniques
- Quickly adjusts the power factor through fast switching of capacitive loads
- Limits maintenance frequency for voltage dips and transients elimination
- Ensures power stability and reliability
- Improves voltage control of offshore platforms