GE Vernova’s Synchronous Condenser technology to stabilize grid on French island of Guadeloupe

November 22, 2023

Faced with the growing integration of renewable energy on its grid, EDF Systèmes Energétiques Insulaires (SEI) has selected a consortium of GE Vernova’s Power Conversion business and Eiffage Énergie Systèmes to supply and install a turnkey Synchronous Condenser system at its EDF SEI TAC Jarry Sud thermal power plant in Guadeloupe.

The solution will assist in stabilizing the island’s electrical grid by providing extra energy when there are sudden power issues or problems in the grid, helping to keep everything running smoothly. The Synchronous Condenser system utilizes Power Conversion's extensive experience in rotating machines technology and offers a carbon-free and cost-effective solution that mimics the synchronous inertia response provided by traditional thermal power generation.

“This project represents a leading reference for our Synchronous Condenser technology designed and built in France. We are delighted and proud to be supporting EDF SEI in helping the French island of Guadeloupe achieve its decarbonization objectives.”, said Eric Cotelle, general manager at Power Conversion, France.

The challenge of reducing carbon emissions at a global scale has led to the growing use of renewable energies, and these factors now require electricity production companies to update their installations. In Guadeloupe, the use of renewable energy has grown from 23% in 2020 to 35% in 2022(1).

GE Vernova will supply a 200 MW.s/25 MVA synchronous generator along with its auxiliaries and the plant control system. Additionally, the contract includes a 12-year equipment maintenance agreement.

Eiffage Énergie Systèmes will be responsible for electrical distribution from the main transformer to the equipment's interface point, as well as civil engineering, installation, and site management.

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