The Switch launches FPC+, its new utility-grade full-power converter

The FPC+ concept builds on the company’s experience from its installed base of over 11 GW throughout the world.

Helsinki, Finland, November 16, 2015 - The Switch, a leading supplier of megawatt-class electrical drives for wind energy, marine and industrial applications, announced today the launch of its new generation, full-power converter (FPC) for utility-grade electricity production. The FPC+ concept builds on the company's experience from its installed base of over 11 GW throughout the world.

Designed for the highest level performance in electricity production, the new robust FPC+ line of converters from The Switch ensures future-proof electricity quality to meet the strict international requirements for harmonics, flicker and fault ride-through (FRT). The affordable, state-of-the-art converter is optimized to work with permanent magnet as well as induction machines.

Optimal power flow control guarantees minimum losses and smooth load transitions. By reducing sensitivity to the network, The Switch FPC+ produces a seamless interaction with the grid, even in the case of severe disturbances. New micro-grid functionalities are also available to enhance the proven FRT.

"Our latest converter gives customers the next level in sophistication for high-quality electricity production with FRT," says José Galvan, Product Manager, Converters, The Switch. "Based on insightful collaboration with customers, we are now pleased to launch this new line with exceptional grid performance."

Thanks to the high power density of the new FPC+, the number of panels can be reduced. Moreover, its compact size makes the converter easily adaptable to different applications. FPC+ can be configured as an inline or back-to-back solution. The control system features a user-friendly, expandable design. The rugged IP54-class panel with easy access is designed to withstand even the harshest operating conditions.

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