GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business has entered into a framework agreement to deliver Static Synchronous Compensators STATCOMs in the coming years to Germany’s transmission system operator 50Hertz. As a part of the framework agreement, GE has been chosen to deliver the first two hybrid Static Synchronous Compensators STATCOMs to increase grid stability.Each STATCOM systems will supply ±300 Mvar at Elia Group’s 50Hertz Transmission substation in Bad Lauchstädt. The substation in the heart of the 50Hertz grid area plays an important role for the transmission of growing amounts of electricity from renewable sources. It is the starting point of the so-called 380 kV Südwestkuppelleitung from the region of Lower-Saxony via Thuringia to Bavaria.As electrical transmission grid operators face increasing demand and complexity with an influx of renewable energy sources, GE’s patented STATCOM technology offers an efficient, dynamic solution. The custom-designed system provides grid operators with reactive power compensation and improved range of operational voltage, resulting in a faster response time and with a smaller footprint than traditional static VAR compensator solutions.For this project, the latest generation STATCOM solution is a Voltage Source Converter technology based on MMC architecture1 leveraged from GE’s robust power electronics experience. This design provides more stable output power generation than other competitive solutions, helping customer grids handle faults and fault recovery within the industry’s best performance. This more powerful design, combined with GE’s experience from more than 400 shunt connected FACTS solutions, offers customers a complete, world-class, digitally enabled solution.