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AMSC has announced that U.K.-based SSE will utilize two of its D-VAR STATCOM reactive compensation solutions and voltage control systems to enhance the electricity grid in the Western Isles of Scotland, near future wind farms at Stornoway and Loch Carnan.

AMSC's D-VAR solution includes installation and ongoing maintenance and support for SSE. The contract calls for commissioning of the D-VAR solution near the Stornoway Wind Farm by year-end. Commissioning of the system near the Loch Carnan Wind Farm is expected in the first half of 2013. This marks AMSC's ninth D-VAR system sale to SSE.

According to AMSC, the D-VAR systems constantly monitor the power grid and automatically and instantly stabilize voltage to enable higher power transfer through existing power lines. The D-VAR solutions are also utilized to interconnect sources of renewable energy to power grids.




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