Energy technologies provider American Superconductor Corporation has received its first order for a D-VAR system to meet dynamic reactive compensation requirements for a 220kV power transmission grid in Chifeng in the Inner Mongolia region of China.

The Beijing SNTA Electric Power Technique Company (SNTA), which has ordered the 16 MegaVAR D-VAR system, is American Superconductor Corporation’s (AMSC) first channel partner for the Chinese power grid market.

According to the company, 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 600MW 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.

Greg Yurek, founder and CEO of AMSC, said: As China builds out and upgrades its power grid to meet the economy, it is seeking new energy technologies that will meet these demands and in the most effective way possible.

AMSC is an energy technology company offering services based on two proprietary technologies: programmable power electronic converters and high temperature superconductor (HTS) wires. The company is also engaged in alternative energy, offering licensed wind turbine designs and electrical systems.