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ABB wins $30 million order
ABB has won a $30 million order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC Light Static Compensators (STATCOMs) for the East Anglia ONE windfarm. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017. “ABB’s advanced STATCOM and transformer technologies will not only help stabilise voltage fluctuations and enhance power capacity but also improve the quality and reliability of renewable wind energy supplies to millions of people,” said Patrick Fragman, head of ABB’s Grid Integration business, a part of the company’s Power Grids division. “Renewables and power quality are both key focus areas of our next level strategy and such technology solutions reinforce our position as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

Expanded wind farm capacity
Aquila Capital is increasing the installed capacity of its Midtfjellet wind farm in Norway by 40 MW to a total of 150 MW. Eleven Nordex N117 turbines are to be installed, each of which has a 3.6 MW-rated output. Connection of the additional installations in the third construction stage will be carried out in early 2019 and this will increase the production of the wind park by about 110 GWh/year. Roman Rosslenbroich, CEO and Co-Founder of Aquila Capital, said: “Our majority stake in Midtfjellet Vindkraft AS represents a decisive step for us in the implementation of our Renewable Energy Strategy in Scandinavia. Northern Europe offers very good wind resources: electricity generation costs are generally competitive and require a lower total investment cost than many other feed-in tariff markets.”