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Flexible AC transmission system (FACTS)

July 16th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted in Power quality
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Introduction

Through the years there has been an increment in the huge amount of power transfers and third party approaches. Despite the fact, electric power transmission facilities throughout the world are not openly allowed to progress because of the different environmental, land-use and regulatory pressures that arise. As a result upholds in transmission, irregular facility usage, and undesirable parallel pathways or loop movements are being experienced.

When there is an increase in power transfer the operating system becomes difficult to manage ultimately becomes complex. Because of this complexity the control on the system becomes weak and the power transfer can become insecure in case of huge power movements.

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Another issue arising due to this is that complete capacity of the transmission interconnections is not used.

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a US utility industry dealing in combined research and development arm, has now decided to fund Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) technology, a solution for the above mentioned problems.

In FACTS solid state devices are employed to keep in check the transmission systems when there is a huge power flow. EPRI along with researchers have invested in FACTS both in terms of its value and capability. Currently FACTS is focusing mainly on the improvement of transmission potential, figuring diverse ways to control power flow, to control the voltage and to add to the lower voltage systems’ plus points.

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