Devens, MA, March 10, 2009 — American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC) announced that it has received an order from Southern California Edison (SCE) for its pad-mounted distribution static VAR compensator (dSVC) solution. SCE will utilize AMSC’s dSVC solution in its “Circuit of the Future,” a project that employs so-called “leading-edge technology” to deliver power to 1,420 residential and business customers located in southern California’s Inland Empire. AMSC will deliver the solution to SCE by the summer of 2009.
A member of AMSC’s Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) family, the dSVC solution not only produces dynamic reactive power compensation to maintain constant voltage, but also provides protection against voltage sags and flicker. The smart grid product enables utilities to affordably bring proven SVC transmission-level quality of service to distribution-level circuits for the first time, making it a key tool for modernizing power grids worldwide. With the ability to adjust its output in real time, the dSVC solution acts much faster than conventional capacitor banks and voltage regulators, mitigating the power quality issues that inconvenience area homes and can cost commercial and industrial customers millions of dollars in lost productivity.
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