In the 1950s, ABB revolutionized the transportation of alternating current power over long distances with its Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS). It has led the technological development of power transmission ever since.
By boosting power capacity and improving stability in existing grids, FACTS technologies enable more power to reach consumers, with minimal environmental impact, lower investment costs and shorter implementation times.
FACTS installations have a small footprint compared with other technologies and can be implemented considerably faster and at a lower cost than the alternative of building more transmission lines or new power generation facilities.
In addition to their primary role of increasing transmission capacity and improving control in existing transmission networks, FACTS technologies are used to reduce power losses in long-distance power transfer. FACTS also relieve transmission bottlenecks quickly, minimize the risk of blackouts, and safely integrate renewable energy sources like wind power into the grid.