A New Control Strategy for Active and Reactive Power Control of Three-Level VSC Based HVDC System

ABSTRACT

This paper presents a new control strategy for real and reactive power control of three-level multipulse voltage source converter based High Voltage DC (HVDC) transmission system operating at Fundamental Frequency Switching (FFS). A three-level voltage source converter replaces the conventional two-level VSC and it is designed for the real and reactive power control is all four quadrants operation. A new control method is developed for achieving the reactive power control by varying the pulse width and by keeping the dc link voltage constant. The steady state and dynamic performances of HVDC system interconnecting two different frequencies network are demonstrated for active and reactive powers control. Total numbers of transformers used in the system are reduced in comparison to two level VSCs. The performance of the HVDC system is also improved in terms of reduced harmonics level even at fundamental frequency switching.

 KEYWORDS 

  1. HVDC
  2. Voltage Source Converter
  3. Multilevel
  4. Multipulse
  5. Dead Angle (β)

 SOFTWARE:  MATLAB/SIMULINK

BLOCK DIAGRAM: 1

Fig. 1 A three-level 24-Pulse voltage source converter based HVDC system

 

CONTROL SCHEME

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Fig. 2 Control scheme of three-level VSC based HVDC system using dynamic dead angle (β) Control

EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS

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Fig. 3 Performance of rectifier station during simultaneous real and reactive power control of three-level 24-pulse VSC based HVDC system

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Fig. 4 Performance of inverter station during simultaneous real and reactive power control of three-level 24-pulse VSC based HVDC system

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Fig. 5 Variation of angles (δ) and (β) values of three-level 24-pulse VSC based HVDC system during simultaneous real and reactive power control

CONCLUSION

A new control method for three-level 24-pulse voltage source converter configuration has been designed for HVDC system. The performance of this 24-pulse VSC based HVDC system using the control method has been demonstrated in active power control in bidirectional, independent control of the reactive power and power quality improvement. A new dynamic dead angle (β) control has been introduced for three-level voltage source converter operating at fundamental frequency switching. In this control the HVDC system operation is successfully demonstrated and also an analysis of (β) value for various reactive power requirement and harmonic performance has been carried out in detail. Therefore, the selection of converter operation region is more flexible according to the requirement of the reactive power and power quality.

REFERENCES

[1] Gunnar Asplund, Kjell Eriksson and kjell Svensson, “DC Transmission based on Voltage Source Converters,” in Proc. Of CIGRE SC14 Colloquium in South Africa 1997, pp.1-7.

[2] “HVDC Light DC Transmission based on Voltage Source Converter,” ABB Review Manual 1998, pp. 4-9.

[3] Xiao Wang and Boon-Tech Ooi, “High Voltage Direct Current Transmission System Based on Voltage Source Converter,” in IEEEPESC’ 90 Record, vol.1, pp.325-332.

[4] Michael P. Bahrman, Jan G. Johansson and Bo A. Nilsson, “Voltage Source Converter Transmission Technologies-The Right Fit for the Applications,” in Proc. of IEEE-PES General Meeting, Toronto, Canada, July-2003, pp.1840-1847.

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Analysis and Design of Three-Level, 24-Pulse Double Bridge Voltage Source Converter Based HVDC System for Active and Reactive Power Control

ABSTRACT

This paper deals with the analysis, design and control of a three-level 24-pulse Voltage Source Converter (VSC) based High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) system. A three level VSC operating at fundamental frequency switching (FFS) is proposed with 24-pulse VSC structure to improve the power quality and reduce the converter switching losses for high power applications. The design of three-level VSC converter and system parameters such as ac inductor and dc capacitor is presented for the proposed VSC based HVDC system. It consists of two converter stations fed from two different ac systems. The active power is transferred between the stations either way. The reactive power is independently controlled in each converter station. The three-level VSC is operated at optimized dead angle (β). A coordinated control algorithm for both the rectifier and an inverter stations for bidirectional active power flow is developed based on FFS and local reactive power generation. This results in a substantial reduction in switching losses and avoiding the reactive power plant. Simulation is carried to verify the performance of the proposed control algorithm of the VSC based HVDC system for bidirectional active power flow and their independent reactive power control.

 

KEYWORDS

Voltage Source Converter (VSC), Three-level VSC, Fundamental Frequency Switching (FFS), HVDC System, Power Flow Control, Reactive Power Control, Power Quality, Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), Dead Angle (β).

 

SOFTWARE: MATLAB/SIMULINK

 

BLOCK DIAGRAM:

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Fig. 1 Three-level 24-pulse double bridge VSC based HVDC system

 

EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS:

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Fig. 2a Performance of rectifier station during reactive power control of three level 24-pulse VSC HVDC system

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Fig. 2b Performance of Inverter station during reactive power control at rectifier station of three-level 24 pulse VSC HVDC system

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Fig. 2c Variation of (δ) and (α) values for rectifier and inverter Stations for reactive power variation of a three-level 24-pulse VSC HVDC system

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Fig. 3a Rectifier station during active power reversal of three-level 24-pulse VSC HVDC system

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Fig. 3b Inverter station during active power reversal of three-level 24-pulse VSC HVDC system

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Fig. 3c Variation of (δ) and (α) values during active power reversal of three level 24-pulse VSC HVDC system.

 

CONCLUSION

A new three-level, 24-pulse voltage source converter based HVDC system operating at fundamental frequency switching has been designed and its model has been developed and it is successfully tested for the independent control of active and reactive powers and acceptable level harmonic requirements. The reactive power has been controlled independent of the active power at both conditions. The converter has been successfully operated in all four quadrants of active and reactive powers with the proposed control. The reversal of the active power flow has been implemented by reversing the direction of dc current without changing the polarity of dc voltage which is very difficult in conventional HVDC systems. The power quality of the HVDC system has also improved with three-level 24-pulse converter operation. The harmonic performance of this three-level, 24-pulse VSC has been observed to an equivalent to two-level 48-pulse voltage source converter.

 

REFERENCES

[1] “It’s time to connect,” Technical description of HVDC Light Technology, ABB HVDC Library.

[2] J. Arrillaga, “High Voltage Direct Current Transmission,” 2nd Edition, IEE Power and Energy Series 29, London, 1998.

[3] Vijay K. Sood, “HVDC and FACTS Controllers – Applications of Static Converters in Power Systems,” Kluwer Academic Publishers, Masachusetts, 2004.

[4] J. Arrillaga, Y. H. Liu and N. R. Waston, “Flexible Power Transmission- The HVDC Options,” John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2007.

[5] J. Arrillaga and M. E. Villablanca, “A modified parallel HVDC convertor for 24 pulse operation,” IEEE Trans. on Power Delivery, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 231-237, Jan 1991.