Fault Current Limiter by Series Connected Voltage Source Inverter

  • Hojo Masahide
    Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Tokushima
  • Kuroe Norihito
    Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Tokushima
  • Ohnishi Tokuo
    Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Tokushima

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Abstract

In recent years, various types of fault current limiter (FCL) have been developed, because installation of the FCL will bring a lot of benefits to power system operation. Power system controllers based on a concept of Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) can also be applicable as the FCL with growing power ratings of them. Such FCLs are expected to contribute power system stabilization or power quality enhancement in addition to fault current limitation. Authors have developed a new type of FCL, which consists of a series reactor and a self-commutated voltage source inverter connected in series with a power distribution line by a coupling transformer. In case of a system fault, the FCL will insert a sufficiently large inductance in series with the distribution line by both the series reactor and the inverter, then it will reduce the fault current. On the other hand, the inverter compensates a voltage drop across the series reactor in a standby mode. As a result, the FCL behaves like a negligible impedance in the standby mode. One of the distinctive features of the FCL is a simple configuration because its control strategy does not require an active power source. In addition, inverter voltage rating of the proposed FCL can be reduced by installing the series reactor as compared with other converter-based FCLs. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the operating characteristics of the FCL with both simulation and experimental studies.

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