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Reactive Power Compensation Technologies: State-of-the-Art Review

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4 Author(s)
Dixon, J. ; Electr. Eng. Dept., Pontificia Univ. Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile ; Moran, L. ; Rodriguez, J. ; Domke, R.

This paper presents an overview of the state of the art in reactive power compensation technologies. The principles of operation, design characteristics and application examples of Var compensators implemented with thyristors and self-commutated converters are presented. Static Var generators are used to improve voltage regulation, stability, and power factor in ac transmission and distribution systems. Examples obtained from relevant applications describing the use of reactive power compensators implemented with new static Var technologies are also described.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:93 ,  Issue: 12 )