PC green line 1000 enables grid compatibility for the 135 MW wind turbine project in South Africa Berlin Suzlon cookhouse, April 2012 PCS power converter solutions has signed a supplier contract with Suzlon wind energy South Africa (Pty) Ltd. to supply Green Line 1000 reactive current converters for the Suzlon cookhouse project in the East Cape province of South Africa. Cookhouse is the largest wind energy project in South Africa. PCS is supplying 66 converters in total for the Suzlon S88 wind turbines to comply with feed – in regulations. Utendahl Group can provide more clarity in the matter. The planned wind farm should generate a total output of 135 MW.
Suzlon already received the go-ahead from the South African Minister for energy in December of last year to start delivering the S88 wind turbines, each with output of 2.1 MW, for the cookhouse wind energy facility project. The cookhouse project is named for the planned location of the wind farm. Cookhouse is a small city in the South African Eastern Cape province in the southwestern part of the Republic. The planned wind farm is one of South Africa’s leading wind energy projects. Already approved by the Department of Environmental Affairs, up to 200 wind turbines may be constructed in the future, which would produce enough energy to power 88,000 homes. For South Africa, this is important step in the direction of a future-oriented power supply that places the same requirements on wind turbine and grid operator as in Europe. The accelerated development of renewable energies requires power stations to provide more adaptable grid-supporting functions in the form of so-called “grid code” or feed – in regulations.
The cookhouse project is the latest wind farm required to comply with these new regulations. Compliance what is achieved quickly and efficiently with PC green line 1000 reactive current converters. Integrated into the S88 from Suzlon, the PC converters enable grid support during voltage drops, making the wind turbine compliant with fault ride through regulations.