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Reactive-power coordination in VSC-HVDC multi-terminal systems for transient stability improvement

J. Renedo, A. García-Cerrada, L. Rouco

This paper proposes a new control strategy for the reactive-power injections of Voltage Source Converters in High Voltage Direct Current (VSC-HVDC) multi-terminal Systems to improve power system transient stability. A reactive-power supplementary signal is provided for each converter. Its value is proportional to the frequency deviation of its corresponding AC bus with respect to the weighed-average frequency of the multiterminal system stations. The purpose is to increase (decrease) the electromagnetic torque of generators close to those terminals in which the frequency is above (below) the weighed-average frequency used. The AC frequency for all VSC stations is always available locally for synchronisation purposes and could be used by a central controller. Simulations have been carried out using PSS/E and the results have shown that transient stability can be improved using this strategy. Since this approach uses global measurements of all VSC stations, the impact of the communication delays has been analysed, concluding that the negative effect is small, for realistic latency values.

Keywords: VSC HVDC, HVDC transmission, multiterminal, transient stability, reactive power, power systems.

IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. Volume: 32 Issue: 5 Pages: 3758-3767

JCR Impact Factor and Scopus quartile: 5.255 - Q1 (2017)

DOI reference: DOI icon 10.1109/TPWRS.2016.2634088    

Published on paper: September 2017. Published on-line: December 2016.

J. Renedo, A. García-Cerrada, L. Rouco. Reactive-power coordination in VSC-HVDC multi-terminal systems for transient stability improvement. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 3758-3767, September 2017. [Online: December 2016]

    Topics research:
  • *Power Electronics and Control Systems
  • *Stability: large disturbance stability, tuning of frequency loadshedding schemes, excitation control, small disturbance stability, tuning of power system stabilizers, identification of AVR and governor models

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