Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Publication Title

Electronics (Switzerland)

Volume

9

Issue

1

DOI

10.3390/electronics9010087

Keywords

AC voltage control, DC voltage control, Frequency control, Improved droop-based control strategy, Multi-Terminal High Voltage Direct Current (MT-HVDC) systems, VoltageSourced Converter (VSC)-High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) station

Abstract

© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This paper presents an improved droop-based control strategy for the active and reactive power-sharing on the large-scale Multi-Terminal High Voltage Direct Current (MT-HVDC) systems. As droop parameters enforce the stability of the DC grid, and allow the MT-HVDC systems to participate in the AC voltage and frequency regulation of the different AC systems interconnected by the DC grids, a communication-free control method to optimally select the droop parameters, consisting of AC voltage-droop, DC voltage-droop, and frequency-droop parameters, is investigated to balance the power in MT-HVDC systems and minimize AC voltage, DC voltage, and frequency deviations. A five-terminal Voltage-Sourced Converter (VSC)-HVDC system is modeled and analyzed in EMTDC/PSCAD and MATLAB software. Different scenarios are investigated to check the performance of the proposed droop-based control strategy. The simulation results show that the proposed droop-based control strategy is capable of sharing the active and reactive power, as well as regulating the AC voltage, DC voltage, and frequency of AC/DC grids in case of sudden changes, without the need for communication infrastructure. The simulation results confirm the robustness and effectiveness of the proposed droop-based control strategy.

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