Application of Synchronous Condensers for Enhanced Resilience of a Renewable Energy dominated Electric Grid

Sarbajit Basu, Vishwajit Roy, Michael Giesselmann

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Abstract

The extensive integration of renewable sources of energy has caused the number of conventional power plants to go down. This in turn causes a reduction of the system resilience, i.e. the ability of a system to recover from a fault. Synchronous condensers, when included in the grid, contribute to the fault current and provide voltage support thereby enhancing dynamic voltage recovery. This article summarizes the capacity of a synchronous condenser, when connected to the power grid with wind or solar power plants to compensate for reactive power compensation and injection of active power at their point of common coupling. A case, based on a local distribution network, is developed on a 33kV transmission line that feeds into several inductive loads. Simulations are performed in PSIM to display the enhancement of system stability and reduction in power losses while supplying reactive power by activating synchronous condensers to the grid with given practical grid rules.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728173887
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 29 2020
Event10th Annual IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2020 - Virtual, Seattle, United States
Duration: Oct 29 2020Nov 1 2020

Publication series

Name2020 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2020

Conference

Conference10th Annual IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2020
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Seattle
Period10/29/2011/1/20

Keywords

  • PSIM
  • fault current
  • reactive power support
  • stability
  • synchronous condenser

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