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Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems

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Technology Description

Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) is an umbrella term for a suite of technologies that have the ability to provide reactive power support, enhance controllability, improve stability and increase power transfer capability of AC transmission systems: Key services to accommodate the evolution towards variable renewables, distributed generation and newly electrified sources of demand.
Series compensation systems allow for the increase of power transfer capabilities, when thyristor control as well as load flow and grid control is added. Synchronous condensers provide inertia and both static and dynamic support to the overall system. Static Synchronous compensators use voltage source converters to provide reactive power support at many different voltage levels. Static VAr compensators provide a combination of power transfer capacities. Mechanically switched capacitor damping networks are highly economical for providing reactive power compensation under steady state conditions.

Relevance for Net Zero

Key services to accommodate the evolution towards variable renewables, distributed generation and newly electrified sources of demand.

Key Countries

China, Germany, Sweden, United States

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