Hybrid Reference Function for Stable Stepwise Inertial Control of a Doubly-Fed Induction Generator

  • Yang, Dejian (Dept. of Electrical Engineering and WeGAT Research Center, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Lee, Jinsik (Dept. of Electrical Engineering and WeGAT Research Center, Chonbuk National University) ;
  • Hur, Kyeon (School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University) ;
  • Kang, Yong Cheol (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, WeGAT Research Center, and Smart Grid Research Center, Chonbuk National University)
  • Received : 2015.06.30
  • Accepted : 2015.10.11
  • Published : 2016.01.01


Upon detecting a frequency event in a power system, the stepwise inertial control (SIC) of a wind turbine generator (WTG) instantly increases the power output for a preset period so as to arrest the frequency drop. Afterwards, SIC rapidly reduces the WTG output to avert over-deceleration (OD). However, such a rapid output reduction may act as a power deficit in the power system, and thereby cause a second frequency dip. In this paper, a hybrid reference function for the stable SIC of a doubly-fed induction generator is proposed to prevent OD while improving the frequency nadir (FN). To achieve this objective, a reference function is separately defined prior to and after the FN. In order to improve the FN when an event is detected, the reference is instantly increased by a constant and then maintained until the FN. This constant is determined by considering the power margin and available kinetic energy. To prevent OD, the reference decays with the rotor speed after the FN. The performance of the proposed scheme was validated under various wind speed conditions and wind power penetration levels using an EMTP-RV simulator. The results clearly demonstrate that the scheme successfully prevents OD while improving the FN at different wind conditions and wind power penetration levels. Furthermore, the scheme is adaptive to the size of a frequency event.


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