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SMES based DVR for Mitigating the Voltage Fluctuations in a Direct Current Vector Control PMSG Wind Turbine

Acsah Ann Varghese1,S.Bharath 2,Aswathy P.R1
  1. P.G. Student, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SNS College of Technology, Coimbatore, India
  2. Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, SNS College of Technology, Coimbatore, India
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The wind turbine technology has developed rapidly as one of the most mature Renewable Power Generation Technologies. With the advances of power electronic technology, Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generators (PMSGs) have increasingly drawn the interest of wind turbine manufacturers. The increased asset utilization,facilitates the penetration of renewable sources and improves the flexibility, reliability and efficiency of the grid, Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) technology has been progressed SMES technology has the potential to bring real power storage characteristic to protect consumer’s loads from the grid voltage fluctuations during various fault conditions. This project analyses the performance of the PMSG wind turbine under fault conditions by mitigating the voltage fluctuations by making use of SMES based DVR and its design is based on simple PI control method to compensate voltage sags. The performance of the Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage is validated through simulations using MATLAB SIMULINK and the results reveals that the SMES can be a useful alternative DC source for the DVR.


SMES, Dynamic Voltage Restorer (DVR), Power conditioning system (PCS), Pulse Width Modulated


Conservation of the non-renewable resources motivate to explore the new avenues of resources for electricity generation which could be clean, safe and most valuable to serve the society for a long period. The option came with huge number of hands up a source which is a part of our natural environment and eco friendly is the Renewable Energy Sources (RES).Today’s most rapidly growing renewable energy source is the wind power.
A wind turbine operates either at a fixed speed or variable speed [1].Based on the variable speed operation with pitch control using either a PMSG or DFIG [2], most of the major wind turbine manufacturers are developing new megawatt scale wind turbines .PMSG is a type of synchronous generator in which the excitation field is a permanent magnet instead of a coil. The advantages of the PMSG are: 1) gearless construction [3]; 2) higher efficiency and energy yield; 3) elimination of a dc excitation system [4]; 4) improvement in the thermal characteristics of the PMSG due to the absence of field losses; 5) full controllability of the system for maximum wind power extraction and grid interface; 6) ease in accomplishing fault-ride through and grid support [5]. Therefore when compared to DFIG wind turbine [6],the efficiency and reliability of a VSC- based PMSG wind turbine is assessed to be higher.
Energy storage devices can be classified into two different categories, depending on their application: short term response energy storage devices and long-term response energy storage devices [7].Short term response energy devices which include flywheel, super capacitor, SMES whereas long term response energy storage devices include compress air, hydrogen fuel cell, batteries, Redox flow [7].Here we are more concern with short term response energy devices. SMES has been used to improve performance of power system as it is having high power rating with max efficiency than any other energy storage devices. Recent development and advances on both superconducting and power electronics technology have made the application of SMES (superconducting magnetic energy storage) systems a viable choice to bring solutions to some of the problems experienced in power systems. The power industry demand for more flexible, reliable and fast real power compensation devices provides the ideal opportunity for SMES applications [8].
SMES used for various applications such as Power Quality, Custom Power Stabilization, Voltage/VAR Control, Load Levelling, Dynamic Response, Spinning Reserve, Frequency Control Application [9]. However, here we dealt with SMES Power Quality Application based on DVR for sag compensation. For voltage sag compensation, the dynamic voltage restorer (DVR) which acts as series-connected topology is a more cost-effective solution [10]. In this paper, a superconducting magnetic energy storage unit is introduced as the energy storage unit of the DVR.


A VSC-based PMSG wind turbine is shown in Fig.1. It mainly consists of three parts: Wind turbine drive train, a PMSG and two back to back voltage source converters [11].In the turbine drive train, the rotor blades of the wind turbine catch wind energy and it is then transferred to the generator. A standard PMSG is used for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy with its stator winding directly connected to the grid through a frequency converter. The frequency converter is built by two current regulated voltage-source pulse width modulated (PWM) converters: an MSC and a GSC, with a dc voltage link in between them [11], [12], [13].
The PMSG system has three control levels. They are the generator level, wind turbine level, wind power plant level as shown in Fig.1[11], [14]. Each of the two VSCs is controlled through decoupled dq vector control at the generator level. The function of the MSC controller of the PMSG is to achieve maximum energy extraction from wind. The gridside converter controller is used to maintain a constant dc-link voltage and adjusts the reactive power absorbed from the grid by the converter. The wind turbine level consists of two controllers: a speed controller and a power controller. The speed controller gives a power/torque as referred to the MSC controller at low wind speeds based on the principle of maximum energy capture. At high wind speeds, the power limiting controller increase or decrease the pitch angle of rotor blades of the wind turbine to prevent the turbine from exceeding the rated power. The power production of the entire plant is determined at the wind power plant level based on the grid requirements. The reference power signal to each individual wind turbine according to a grid need is send by the central control system; while the local turbine control system ensures that the reference power signal sent by the central control system is reached [14].
A. Controller circuit of Machine side converter (MSC)
The direct-current vector control strategy of the MSC, is a nested loop structure as shown in Fig. 2. It consists of three parts :
1) Transformation from speed control to current control.
2) Development of a direct current control mechanism
3) Conversion from current control signals to voltage control signals
B. Controller Circuit of Grid Side Converter
The direct-current vector control strategy of the GSC is shown in Fig. 3 is implemented through a nested-loop controller in the following way:
1) Transforming the dc-link voltage and reactive power control to d- and q-axis current control.
2) Developing a direct current control scheme.
3) Converting current control signals to voltage control signals [14].
First, the dc-link voltage control is transformed to d-axis current control through a dc-link voltage controller, and the ac system reactive power control is transformed to q-axis current control through a reactive power controller. Second, an inner current-loop controller is developed based on a direct-current vector control mechanism by generating d- and q-axis tuning current signals i’sd and i’sq through an adaptive tuning strategy [15], [16]. The purpose of the current loop controller is to assure the highest power quality of the ac system in terms of harmonics and unbalance. Therefore, similar elimination of the current loop is not an option for GSC control. Third, the d and q-tuning current signals i’sd and i’sq generated by the current-loop controllers are transferred to d- and q-voltage signals v*d1 and v*q1 due to the VSC structure for the GSC. The conversion from the current to voltage control signals is implemented through
V*d1 = Rf i’d − ωsLf i’q + vd
V*q1 =Rfi’q+ωsLfi’d (2)


It was not until 1970s superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) was first proposed as a technology in power systems. Energy is stored in the magnetic field generated by circulating the DC current through a superconducting coil. As can be seen from Fig.4, a SMES system consists of several sub-systems. A large superconducting coil is the heart of a SMES system, which is contained in a cryostat or Dewar consisting of a vacuum vessel and a liquid vessel that cools the coil [17]. A cryogenic system is also used to keep the temperature well below the critical temperature of the superconductor. An ac/dc PCS is used for two purposes: One is to convert electrical energy from dc to ac, and the other is to charge and discharge the coil. Finally, a transformer provides the connection to the power system and reduces the operating voltage to acceptable levels for the PCS.
For a SMES system, the inductively stored energy (E in Joule) and the rated power (P in Watt) are commonly the given specifications for SMES devices, and can be expressed as follows:
Where L is the inductance of the coil, I is the dc current flowing through the coil, and V is the voltage across the coil. Although SMES systems may not be cost effective, at the present time, they have a positive cost and environmental impact by reducing fuel consumption and emissions..


The basic structure of a DVR based on SMES is shown in Fig. 5. It consists of super conducting magnetic energy storage unit, capacitor bank, voltage source inverter (VSI), low pass filter and a voltage injection transformer.
Where SMES is designed based on its simple principle. Its energy released circuit model is as shown in Fig. 6.
The circuit model has three operating states:
1) Energy-charging state (close K1 and K3, open K2);
2) Energy-storing state (close K2 and K3, open K1);
3) Energy discharging state (close K2, open K1 and K3).
During charging cycle, solenoid coil is place across DC source. When certain amount of energy stored in the coil then DC source removed & solenoid coil is shorted through superconductor material. So current continuously flow through coil without decay & energy is stored in solenoid coil. For discharging of solenoid coil energy, negative voltage applied across the coil.In order to mitigate the simulated voltage sag in practical application, a discrete PWM-Based control scheme is implemented, with reference to DVR as shown in Fig. 7. The aim of the control scheme is to maintain a constant voltage magnitude at the sensitive load point, under the system disturbance. The control system only measures the rms voltage at load point; The DVR control system exerts a voltage angle control as follows:
Voltage sag is created at load terminals by a three phase fault as shown in Fig. 4. Load voltage is converted into per unit quantity and is passed through a sequence analyzer. The magnitude is then compared with reference voltage (Vref) through which error signal is fed to PI controller. This voltage is then fed to triggering circuit. Pulse width modulated (PWM) control technique is applied for inverter switching so as to produce a three phase 50 Hz sinusoidal voltage at the load terminals. Chopping frequency is in the range of a few KHz. The IGBT inverter is controlled with PI controller in order to maintain 1 p.u. voltage at the load terminals i.e. considered as base voltage =1p.u.
The PI controller processes the error signal and generates the required angle δ to drive the error to zero, for example; the load rms voltage is brought back to the reference voltage. It should be noted that, an assumption of balanced network and operating conditions are made. The modulating angle δ or delta is applied to the PWM generators in phase A, whereas the angles for phase B and C are shifted by 240° or -120° and 120° respectively.
VA= Sin (ωt +δ)
VB= Sin (ωt+δ-2π/3)
VC =Sin (ωt +δ+2π/3)
An advantage of a proportional plus integral controller is that integral term causes the steady-state error to be zero for a step input. PI controller input is an actuating signal which is the difference between the Vref and Vin. Output of the controller block is of the form of an angle δ, which introduces additional phase-lag/lead in the three phase voltages. The output of error detector is
Vref equal to 1 p.u. voltage
Vin voltage in p.u. at the load terminals.
The controller output when compared at PWM signal generator results in the desired firing sequence.


The first simulation was carried out without SMES based DVR and a single phase to ground fault is applied to the system at point with fault resistance of 0.44Ω for time duration of .3 to .5s which result voltage dip as shown in Fig. 8 for single phase to ground fault and Fig 9 and 10 for two phase to ground and three phase to ground fault respectively.
The second simulation is the test system for SMES based DVR. It is composed by a 110 kV, 50 Hz generation system, which feed a distribution network through a transformer connected in Y/Δ, 115/11 kV. We verify the working of DVR for voltage compensation at 0.44 ohms fault resistances for fixed time duration of .3 to .5s. The DVR performance in presence of Superconducting magnetic energy storage unit (SMES) is analyzed for symmetrical three phase to ground fault, two phase to ground fault & single phase to ground fault. The simulation results of the test system using SMES based DVR during various faults is shown in fig 11, fig 12 and fig 13


A new design which incorporates a superconducting magnetic energy storage module as a DC voltage source to mitigation voltage sags in a PMSG based wind turbine under fault conditions and enhances power quality of a distribution system based on DVR has been presented. The Simulation results prove that the SMES can be a useful alternative DC source for the DVR.


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