ABB has commissioned the world’s largest SVC Light installation in Santiago, says the power and automation technology group.

SVC Light is a static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) – a high-performance power regulating device that uses IGBTs (insulated-gate bipolar transistors) to keep grid voltages stable, improve power quality, and enable instant response to grid disturbances.

A 65/+140 MVAr (megavolts amperes reactive) rating makes the installation in Santiago, which was achieved in collaboration with Chilean transmission utility Transelec, the largest solution of its kind in the world, says ABB.

“This is a best-in-class solution that will help optimize the existing power transmission network and improve grid reliability by stabilizing voltage levels and reducing the risk of blackouts,” said Martin Gross, head of ABB’s Grid Systems business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division.

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