Static VAR Compensator
The team will design and build a Static VAR Compensator (SVC), which is a FACTS (Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems) device. An SVC provides economical and efficient ways of controlling the power to a system. An SVC can regulate line voltage and reactive power by implementing a control system which uses electronic switches to introduce an inductor into the line based on need. An SVC is a solid-state device which is cheaper and more reliable than alternative designs that are based on mechanically switched reactive components or rotating machines. An SVC should dampen line transients to within ±2%, maintain < %3 THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) at the load in accordance with IEEE STD 519 and regulate the voltage within ±5% of the source voltage per ANSI C84.1. The device will be tested with a 120Vrms source over a single phase transmission line. The device is scalable for use in high-voltage applications.