Power Factor Correction
Power quality is critical to efficient operation of equipment. One contributing element to power quality is power factor.
A Static Synchronous Compensator, or STATCOM, is a combination of an active harmonic filter and dynamic reactive power compensator that provides real-time reactive power compensation and active harmonic filtering in demanding applications.
Whilst conventional technologies are too slow to control capacitive or inductive powers and ensure a stable power system, the Merus STATCOM is an extremely fast and reliable power system with a response time less than 1 millisecond. This singular device can solve a variety of customer challenges. Merus STATCOMs minimize voltage variations and mitigate flicker caused by heavy industrial loads, such as electric arc furnaces (EAFs), mine winders, harbour cranes, excavators, etc.
Merus STATCOM is the right solution to solve the following power quality challenges for heavy industry:
M-Series STATCOM, a Voltage source converter (VSC) based modern compensation system, can act as a source or sink for reactive power. It consists of a controllable part that can operate as capacitive and inductive power and keeps the reactive power flow constant in the system. If there is a need for reactive power in the supply grid, Merus STATCOM can provide instant reactive power support to stabilize the grid. On contrary situation, it absorbs the additional VArs to ensure the stability of the grid.
With pulse-width modulation (PWM), voltage source converter provides faster converter control, which is pre-requisite for excellent flicker reduction. The fixed capacitor banks can be implemented in the system when inductive reactive power demand is less than capacitive.
Merus STATCOM solution comes with advanced Merus Control and Protection (C&P) system. Equipped with 19” modern touch screen user-interface, Merus Control and Protection system provides excellent performance for voltage stabilization, flicker reduction, reactive power control, harmonics mitigation and power factor control.
Typical STATCOM layouts
Merus STATCOM and Merus SVC both are proven and reliable solutions to solve power quality challenges. To select the right solution for your specific power quality challenge and application, please feel free to contact us. Our experts will be happy to analyse your power quality challenge and suggest the right solution.