German power system is undergoing a massive transition in their energy mix with an aim to cater 80% of their energy need from renewable energy resource by 2050. This shift in energy mix will cause closing of conventional power plants and installation of renewable power plants resulting in the deficiency of reactive power support required by the grid to cater voltage deviations. To provide reactive power support and to maintain voltage stability, all four transmission companies of Germany aim to install around 70 STATCOMs by 2030. In this spirit, Amprion is investing 180 million euros for grid reinforcement. Amprion has awarded an order to Hitachi ABB Power Grids to install two STATCOMs at Lampertheim substation in Hesse which will have capacity of ±600 MVAr and at Wehrendorf substation in Lower Saxony with capacity of ±300 MVAr. These two STATCOM installations are intended to provide solution to voltage deviations and will cover up reactive power deficiency which will be caused by the shutdown of generators of the two conventional power plants in near future. Link to the news: