Power quality and productivity improvement with Merus™ SVC

Common power quality issues in steel plants

Steel plants deal with energy intensive processes on a daily, such as steel and aluminum smelting. Smelting is carried out with disturbing loads, mostly Electric Arc Furnaces (EAFs).

Electric Arcs and other types of furnaces frequently cause power quality problems, including voltage variations, flicker, poor power factor and harmonic distortions. Poor power quality means longer melt time, lower productivity, energy losses and higher operating costs. Furthermore, if a steel plant is connected to a weak grid and fail to operate at full power, the production capacity is affected. At the same time, if a steel plant is connected to the public grid, its operation may disturb any customers connected to the same busbar. Rolling mills may face similar power quality issues.

Merus™ Solution: Enormous 0 – 225 Mvar SVC system in the Middle East

A large steel plant in the Middle East was suffering from high voltage fluctuations and flicker in the grid that were primarily caused by the EAF. The supply grid was unable to deliver the reactive power demand in an efficient manner.

After taking measurements, a 0 – 225 Mvar Merus™ SVC system was suggested. Merus Power’s complete SVC solution included components, such as thyristor valves and reactors for Thyristor Controlled Reactors (TCR), filter capacitor banks, control and protection system (C&P), cooling system and complete engineering.

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Merus™ SVC layout. Components:
1. Thyristor valves and C&P
2. TCR assembly
3-6. filter capacitor banks
7-8. busbar assembly.

Benefits of the Merus™ SVC in the Middle Eastern steel plant:

  • Grid code compliance
  • Improved voltage quality
  • EAF process productivity improvement
  • Reduced tap-to-tap time
  • Annual production increase
  • Significant energy and cost savings
  • Graphite electrode savings

Medium voltage busbar voltage with and without SVC while EAF is operating.

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Merus™ Static Var Compensators – delivering superior performance

The Merus™ Static Var Compensator (SVC) is built on proven thyristor technology. The Merus™ SVC can be used flexibly in reactive power compensation and passive harmonic filtering applications. It can be connected to voltage levels from 3.3 kV all the way up to 38.5 kV. The reactive power compensation range varies from 4 MVAr to 250 MVAr.

Benefits of Merus™ SVC:

  • Increased productivity
  • Increased torque and payload
  • Stabilized voltage
  • Longer plant lifetime
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Improved plant reliability
  • Transmission and distribution network capacity enhancement

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