Investigation on the Combined Effect of VSC-based Sources and Synchronous Condensers under Grid Unbalanced Faults

Jundi Jia, Guangya Yang, Arne Hejde Nielsen, Vahan Gevorgian

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Abstract

The short circuit response of voltage source converters (VSCs) could be significantly different from that of synchronous condensers (SCs) under unbalanced faults. This paper investigates the combined effect of VSC-based sources and synchronous condensers under grid unbalanced faults considering two groups of VSC fault-ride-through (FRT) control strategies. It aims to provide an evaluation of the different control strategies and to explore the impact of equipping a synchronous condenser at the point of common coupling (PCC). By examining the combined short circuit currents, PCC voltages, DC-side voltages and system frequency responses, this study points out the merits and demerits of the examined control strategies; illustrates the benefits of synchronous condensers on mitigating the disadvantages of certain control strategies; and provides suggestions on selecting the control strategies for the VSC when incorporating a synchronous condenser at the PCC.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Volume34
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1898-1908
Number of pages11
ISSN0885-8977
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Converter
  • Inertia
  • Short circuit power
  • Synchronous condensers
  • Unbalanced faults

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