With the addition of more renewables at an increasing pace, and the shuttering of large fossil plants, grid stability continues to be a challenge to for the US electrical grid. How should the US ISO’s and RTO’s respond?
A highly cost effective ($/MVAR) solution is the conversion of retired generators to a synchronous condenser. In addition to the increase of renewables, the grid is also evolving to contain more distributed generation. Conversion of traditional large bulk generating stations have 3 distinct advantages; 1 – they tend to be located in an area near load centers, and 2 – No new transmission infrastructure is required, and 3 – High value generation assets can re-purposed for use in the transmission system.
EME just completed a Synchronous Condenser Conversion (SCC) of a 450 MVA turbo generator. This is the 8th generator we’ve converted in the past 5 years, and this approach for the reasons described above, is garnering more and more attention. Additionally, these projects have a high degree of flexibility. The process can be as simple as replacing the prime mover and some controls work, or as in the case of the last project EME completed, include significant balance of plant improvements to enhance operability.
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