September 2nd

Exploitation of renewable power sources for local consumers reservation

Rapid growth of Latvian economy resulted in rapid growth of electricity demand in cities and rural regions. Consumers’ reliability requirements are increasing, but improvement of reliability is directly related to electricity supply reservation possibilities in case of one or more network components failure. This article describes conditions for independent operation of decentralized renewable power supply sources, evaluates its exploitation possibilities and feasibility for local consumers’ reservation.

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Interharmonics are voltages or currents with a frequency that is a non-integral multiple of the fundamental supply frequency, while each harmonic frequency is an integral multiple of the supply frequency.  Interharmonics, always present in the power system, have recently become of more importance since the widespread use of power electronic systems results in an increase of their magnitude.

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August 28th

Power Quality Monitoring System—Voltage Dips, Short Interruptions and Flicker

The Israel Electric corp. deployed a nationwide Power Quality Monitoring System (PQMS). The PQMS monitors the quality of supply of all of its high voltage costumers, as well as a sample of its medium voltage customers. The PQMS monitors both the voltages and the currents. The PQMS has been operational since October 2005. The paper presents preliminary measurement results obtained from the PQMS.

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Climate change: pay now or ask for credit?

If we continue business-as-usual, climate change — according to both the worst prognoses and the more optimistic ones — will confront humanity with serious consequences and a high price tag. However, the cost to society of mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions is also high. So inevitably, the question arises: what we should do? Pay today for mitigating climate change or pay later to deal with its consequences?

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August 22nd

Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy Sources in Poland

Nowadays, in many countries the increase of generating capacity takes place in small units of so-called distributed generation (DG), and among them in hybrid power (generating) systems (HPS). They use primary energy conventional sources as well as renewable energy sources (RES), and in many cases produce electricity and heat (CHP). It is very often that definition of distributed generation is connected with definition of renewable energy sources.

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Control of a DFIG-based wind system in presence of large grid faults: analysis of voltage ride through capability

In this paper, the authors study a variable speed wind generation system based on Doubly Fed Induction Generator (DFIG) in case of large balanced voltage dip and analyzed a remedial solution that allows for the turbine to stay connected and helps grid recovery through reactive power injection, by supplying the grid with reactive power during faults. Simulation results show the effectiveness of the solution in different operating points of the four working regions of the power-speed turbine characteristic.

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August 21st

The contributions of American cities to global warming

A ranking according to carbon footprint per capita

As centres of energy consumption, the US metropolitan areas should play a leadership role in fighting climate change. That was the starting point for the report 'Shrinking the Carbon Footprint of Metropolitan America' by The Brookings Institution. The report investigates

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August 20th

Improving power quality with coordinated voltage control in networks with dispersed generation

Rapidly increasing share of distributed generation (DG) in distribution networks introduced the need for active distribution network operation. As current distribution networks were not designed to integrate the power generation, the DG introduced many technical challenges in sense of power quality, network planning, protection schemes, voltage stability…. This paper presents the advantages of active approach in distribution network operation.

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Power Quality Effects on the Measurement of Reactive Power in Three-Phase Power Systems in the Light of the IEEE Standard 1459-2000

Reactive power is a very important quantity in electric power systems since it affects the efficiency of these systems. Also, capacitive loads can produce over-voltages in electric transformers by Ferranti effect, which produces bad power quality, so it is necessary to measure the reactive power correctly. In this paper reactive phenomena in three-phase power systems with unbalanced voltages are expressed and measured in the light of the IEEE Std 1459-2000.

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August 19th

Optimal Measurement Devices Allocation for Harmonic State Estimation Considering Parameters Uncertainty in Distribution Networks

In many applications of power quality monitoring, distributed measurement systems are required to provide an evaluation of the harmonic status of the system. Anyway, in distribution systems, only a few network nodes can, with acceptable costs, be equipped with measurement devices. As a consequence, lack of information has to be covered by means of suitable Harmonic State Estimation (HSE) techniques.

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