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Synchronous condensers for power grid stability

ABB synchronous condensers support efficient and reliable operation of power grids by balancing voltage fluctutations and offering additional short-circuit power capacity.

With their high inertia and short-circuit power, rotating synchronous condensers complement the fast response time of static VAR compensators for an unrivalled system solution.

Using competitive and standardized 5-75 MVA modules, we can tailor complete systems up to 350 MVA. The result is a compact solution that can be rapidly deployed.  Cutting-edge technology and fully compatible control equipment ensure the best performance and optimum cost efficiency with extremely low harmonics.

To ensure dependable operation and a long lifetime, ABB synchronous condensers are designed for high reliability, durability and the capability to operate for long periods between recommended service intervals.

A common challenge in synchronous condenser projects is to gain an in-depth understanding of the requirements. Our Power Consulting group (see Related links) is ready to provide support with system studies during the pre-study phase. 

We also offer flexibility in the scope of supply. The scope can range from the main components like synchronous condensers, control and start equipment, pony motor etc. to more extensive turnkey deliveries, including switchgear and buildings, supplied through our ABB Systems channels.

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Key benefits

Additional short-circuit power

  – increased transmission capacity

  – excellent fault ride-through capability

High inertia

  – increased network stiffness and stability

Significant overload capability

   – support during prolonged voltage sags

Ability to supply and absorb reactive power

Easy maintenance and worldwide support