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Distribution Static Var Compensation Technology

Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Location: SRP Information Services Building (ISB), 1600 N Priest Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

Speaker: Anand Patel, AMSC

Topic: "Distribution Static Var Compensation Technology"

Power quality and the challenges to supply clean, steady energy have been something utilities and end-users have been dealing with for years. It is now becoming even more important, with today's economic environment and technological advances, to ensure manufacturing and production stay at peak performance while being efficient with their energy demands. Large electric loads can have an adverse impact on the facility as well as neighboring customers.

Voltage flicker and voltage sags are some of the common problems observed on the distribution network when large loads such as welders, rock crushers, large pump motors and compressors operate. Flicker and sags can interrupt sensitive customer operations, interfering with variable speed drives, relays and robotics. These voltage disturbances are not isolated to the facility that causes it; others miles away from the source of the problem but on the same circuit can be adversely affected.

Distribution Static Var Compensation technology mitigates the source of the problem while providing inherent power quality improvements to other customers on the connected network.

Speaker Bio:
Anand Patel is a FACT's product line manager for AMSC and is currently responsible for the D-SVC product line. Mr. Patel has been with AMSC for over 15 years and held a Senior Project Manager position for 8 years prior to becoming product line manager. In his role has Senior Project Manager, Mr. Patel successfully managed 35 projects for both STATCOM and SVC equipment along with turnkey responsibilities including green field site construction. Mr. Patel holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.