Power Quality Improvement of PMSG Based DG Set Feeding Three-Phase Loads

IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 2015

ABSTRACT: This paper presents power quality improvement of PMSG (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator) based DG (Diesel Generator) set feeding three-phase loads using STATCOM (Static Compensator). A 3-leg VSC (Voltage Source Converter) with a capacitor on the DC link is used as STATCOM. The reference source currents for the system are estimated using an Adaline based control algorithm. A PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) current controller is using for generation of gating pulses of IGBTs (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors) of three leg VSC of the STATCOM. The STATCOM is able to provide voltage control, harmonics elimination, power factor improvement, load balancing and load compensation. The performance of the system is experimentally tested on various types of loads under steady state and dynamic conditions. A 3-phase induction motor with variable frequency drive is used as a prototype of diesel engine with the speed regulation. Therefore, the DG set is run at constant speed so that the frequency of supply remains constant irrespective of loading condition.


  2. VSC
  3. IGBTs
  4. PMSG
  5. PWM
  6. DG Set
  7. Power Quality



Fig. 1 Configuration of PMSG based DG set feeding three phase loads.



Fig. 2. Dynamic performance at linear loads (a) vsab, isa,isb and isc ,(b) vsab, iLa,iLb and iLc (c) Vdc, isa,iLa and iCa


The STATCOM has improved the power quality of the PMSG based DG set in terms voltage control, harmonics elimination and load balancing. Under linear loads, there has been negligible voltage variation (From 219.1 V to 220.9 V) and in case of nonlinear load, the voltage increases to 221 V. Thus, the STATCOM has been found capable to maintain the terminal voltage of DG set within ± 0.5% (220 ±1 V) under different linear and nonlinear loads.

Under nonlinear loads, the load current of DG set is a quasi square with a THD of 24.4 %. The STATCOM has been found capable to eliminate these harmonics and thus the THD of source currents has been limited to 3.9 % and the THD of terminal voltage has been observed of the order of 1.8%. Therefore, the THDs of source voltage and currents have been maintained well within limits of IEEE-519 standard under nonlinear load.

It has also been found that the STATCOM maintains balanced source currents when the load is highly unbalanced due to removal of load from phase ‘c’. The load balancing has  also been achieved by proposed system with reduced stress on the winding of the generator.

The proposed system is a constant speed DG set so there is no provision of frequency control in the control algorithm.

However, the speed control mechanism of prototype of the diesel engine is able to maintain the frequency of the supply almost at 50 Hz with small variation of ±0.2 %.

Therefore, the proposed PMSG based DG set along with STATCOM can be used for feeding linear and nonlinear balanced and unbalanced loads. The proposed PMSG based DG set has also inherent advantages of low maintenance, high efficiency and rugged construction over a conventional wound field synchronous generator based DG set.


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Offshore Wind Farms – VSC-based HVDC Connection



Due to significantly higher and more constant wind speeds and the shortage of suitable sites for wind turbines on the land, offshore wind farms are becoming very attractive. The connection of the large offshore wind farms is possible with HVAC, classical HVDC and Voltage Source Converter (VSC based) HVDC technology. In this paper their main features will be given. From the economical and technical viewpoint, the type of connection depends on the size of the wind farm and on the distance to the connection point of the system.

As very promising technology, especially from the technical viewpoint, the focus of this paper will be put on the VSC-based HVDC technology. Its main technical features as well as its model will be detailed. At the end, obtained simulation results for different faults and disturbances for one offshore wind farm connected with VSC-based HVDC technology will be presented.


  1. HVDC
  2. IGBT
  3. Offshore wind farm connection
  4. PWM
  5. Requirements
  6. Stability
  7. VSC




Fig. 1. Principal scheme of VCS-based HVDC connection



 Fig. 2. Active and reactive power at the connection point during reactive power control

Fig. 3. Active and reactive power at the wind farm side during reactive power control

Fig. 4. Active power, reactive power and voltage at system and wind farm side in case of single phase short circuit near to the connection point – 100ms

Fig. 5. Active power, reactive power and voltage at system and wind farm side in case of single phase short circuit at the wind farm side – 100ms


The connection of an offshore wind farm depends primarily on the amount of power that has to be transmitted and the distance to the connection point.

Primarily due to comparatively small size and short distance to the connection point as well as due to its lower costs and experience, all actual offshore wind farms and those planned to be installed are still using/plan to use HVAC connection.

The advantages of using a HVDC solution are more significant with increase of the distance and power.

The VSC-based HVDC technology is due to its technical advantages like: active and, especially, reactive power control (voltage control), isolated operation, no need for an active commutation voltage etc. very good solution for an offshore wind farm connection. Performed simulation and their results of simulated faults and disturbances show that the technical requirements can be fulfilled.


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