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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High Voltage Auxiliary Power Supply with the Simplified Power Circuit Topology for the DC Trains

The paper proposes a simplified power circuit topology for the auxiliary power supplies (APS) with output powers up to 50 kW to be used in 3.0 kV DC commuter trains. Focus is on the implementation of 6.5 kV IGBTs to improve power density, system integrity as well as the reliability of the APS. For instance, a topology proposal, an analysis and a comparison with other types is presented. Some problems of converter control and protection as well as hardware design considerations are discussed.

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Problems of passive filter application in systems with variable frequency

This paper is focused on problems of power quality in systems with varying frequency, equipped with passive harmonics filter. Main differences between the ship system and land network have been pointed out. Influence of varying frequency on proper work of harmonic passive filters frequency change was presented. Simulation circuit and simulations results of theoretical research have been described. Especially influence of frequency on proper work of 5th and 7th harmonic filters was commented on.

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August 15th

Decentralized control of a different rated parallel UPS systems

The paper presents the single phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system with galvanic separated DC-AC-DC-AC converters operating in parallel. The CAN physical layer based system of communication between converters has been developed and applied, which allow to utilize a decentralized master-slave control providing high availability factor of the whole UPS system. The control system of particular converters has been developed to ensure a high quality of the output voltage for both linear and nonlinear load.

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Comparison between solar and wind energy in Lebanon

In the context of renewable energy, this study treats the case of the conversion of photovoltaic and wind energy, which are parts of non pollutant energy, to electrical one in order to create a local archive. Annual data of delivered power are therefore given. In addition, the efficiency of each conversion system is calculated. Finally, the cost of solar and wind power plants are discussed and compared.

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Control of Dynamic Voltage Restorer using TMS320F2812

Dynamic Voltage Restorer (DVR) is a custom power device that is used to compensate voltage sag. The DVR generally consists of voltage source inverter (VSI), injection transformers, passive filters and energy storage (battery). The efficiency of the DVR depends on the efficiency of the control technique involved in switching the inverters. The inverters are switched using Space Vector Pulse Width Modulation pulses (SVPWM) to maximize the usage of DC link voltage.

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August 14th

Small hydroelectric power plants in China

Driving rural development

The Beijing Olympic Games have certainly made us all aware of China’s ability to tackle massive projects. When it comes to generating hydroelectricity, the country has proven itself equally successful with the construction of the much-contested Three Gorges Dam. But hydroelectric generation in China is not limited only to such huge scale projects.

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August 12th

Voltage Quality Improvement in Distribution Networks

This paper is presented by Chilectra, a subsidiary of the Endesa Group Spain and the biggest electric utility in Chile. It sets out a methodology for estimating and determining control parameters for the voltage quality to be delivered to its end customers.

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