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Hitachi Energy Opens Factory in Chennai to Meet the Growing Electricity Demand

Augmenting the production capacity of cutting-edge HVDC and power-quality products will pace the integration of renewables and assist the energy transition globally.

February 14, 2023. By Nivedita Ojha

Hitachi Energy’s products offerings in the high power STATCOM field SVC Light STATCOM as well as PCS 6000 STATCOM, where PCS 6000 STATCOM is pertinent for unit ratings up to 40 Mvar and SVC Light STATCOM is pertinent for ratings exceeding 40 Mvar.

Hitachi Energy is a worldwide technological leader that is progressing toward a sustainable energy future for all, and has launched a new high-voltage direct current (HVDC) and power quality factory in Chennai. These cutting-edge results are factors for growth in transmission, especially for the amalgamation of renewables and electrical grid stability.

The new factory will manufacture advanced power electronics for HVDC Light®, HVDC Classic, and STATCOM, together with MACH™ control and protection system, the intelligence behind our advanced transmission and power quality solutions. It will supply advanced solutions to acceleration of the energy transition, enabling Hitachi Energy to increase its production capacity.

This factory will serve both the accelerating Indian market as well as the large global demand for clean energy solutions to combine renewables go up with the utmost speed that it is required. It is the recent HVDC factory built and the world's second testing lab of power quality control solutions. It will serve to the rising number of high-voltage transmission projects in India and export to support global HVDC installations.

As electricity becomes the pillar structure of the future energy system, India has set the goal to meet the majority of the overall power generation from renewables by 2030. Achieving this will require the bulk transmission of clean energy over long distances and balancing the national grid as fragmentary, for which HVDC and power quality are apt solutions.

HVDC (high-voltage direct current) is a vital facilitator for a carbon-neutral energy system. It is the high yield for transmitting huge amounts of electricity over remote distances, an amalgamation of renewables and interconnecting grids, opening up new sustainable transmission solutions.

Electrical loads both procreate and absorb reactive power. Therefore, the transmitted load sometimes ranges requiring from time to time, and the reactive power balance in a grid fluctuates as well. Resultantly, unacceptable range in voltage, including voltage graph or even voltage disintegrate.

Static compensator (STATCOM) operates with a very restricted need in accordance with filters, sharing to a small physical impression. If required, switched or fixed air reactors and volatile capacitors can be utilized as supplementary reactive power elements to reach any desired range.

Installing a STATCOM at one or more appropriate points in a grid will rise power transfer potential by raising voltage balance and keeping a smooth voltage profile under distinct network conditions. Its standard to functions active filtering is also very helpful for upgrading in power quality.

Claudio Facchin, CEO of Hitachi Energy explained, “To obtain a sustainable, flexible and secure energy system, both sustainability and energy security will be at the center of the efforts for advancing a sustainable energy future for all,”

He further added “Accelerating and anticipating investments in grid infrastructure and in innovation, people and modern production facilities are of key importance as we can build upon it and expand as the energy system evolves.”

“Within the next few years, India foresees a significant number of HVDC projects to enable India’s net-zero vision,” stated N Venu, Managing Director and CEO, India & South Asia, Hitachi Energy. Moreover, he said “Building our new facility will help accelerate production and help our customers to advance a sustainable energy future for all. It is a step towards meeting the increased demands to supply clean, safe, and secure energy solutions.”

HVDC transmission is full-fledged amelioration in linking remote renewable generation points with the national grid, transmitting large amounts of electricity with significantly reduced transmission losses and physical footprint.

Hitachi Energy has executed more than half the HVDC links in India, including the North-East Agra link, known as the world’s first multi-terminal ultra-high voltage link supplying the transmission of a clean power supply for 90 million people, along with, 6,000MW Raigarh-Pugalur link, transmitting power from central India to the users locating in the south, spanning the distance of 1,830 km.
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