AMSC receives order for Chinese transmission grid

Devens, MA, Jan. 7, 2009 — American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC) announced that it has received its first order for a D-VAR system to meet dynamic reactive compensation requirements for a 220 kilovolt (kV) power transmission grid in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China. Reactive power compensation is necessary to stabilize voltage, relieve power grid congestion, improve electrical efficiency, and prevent blackouts in power grids.

Beijing SNTA Electric Power Technique Co. Ltd. (SNTA), which has ordered the 16 MegaVAR D-VAR system, is AMSC’s first channel partner for the Chinese power grid market. SNTA will install the D-VAR system in the 220kV Xijiao substation, which is located in Chifeng and is operated by North East Power Grid (NEPG).

The Xijiao substation is connected to seven wind farms that produce a combined 600 megawatts (MW) of power. The China Electric Power Research Institute, which is a part of China’s State Grid Corporation and is responsible for transmission engineering, has determined that additional voltage support is required at the Chifeng Xijiao substation to maintain reliable operation of the power grid served by this substation and enable secure transmission of wind-generated electricity to load centers.

The contract between AMSC and SNTA was signed on December 31, 2008. AMSC expects to deliver the D-VAR system to SNTA by mid 2009.

According to the International Energy Agency, China’s power grid will require approximately $1.5 trillion in investments by 2030.

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