Fault analysis of an active LVDC distribution network for utility applications

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Abstract

Low Voltage DC (LVDC) distribution systems are new promising technologies which can potentially improve the efficiency and controllability of existing LV distribution networks. However, they do introduce new challenges under different fault conditions. This paper investigates the performances of an active LVDC distribution network with local solar photovoltaics (PVs) and energy storages under different short-circuit faulted conditions. A typical UK LV distribution network energized by DC is used as a test network, and modeled using PSCAD/EMTDC. The LVDC is interfaced to the main AC grid using fully controlled two-level voltage source converter (VSC), and supplies DC and AC loads through DC/DC converter and DC/AC converter respectively. The response of an LVDC with such converters combination with different topologies and fault management capabilities are investigated through the simulation analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2016
Event51st International Universities' Power Engineering Conference - Coinmbra Institute of Engineering, Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 6 Sep 20169 Sep 2016
http://www.upec2016.com/

Conference

Conference51st International Universities' Power Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleUPEC 2016
CountryPortugal
CityCoimbra
Period6/09/169/09/16
Internet address

Keywords

  • LVDC power distribution networks
  • AC/DC converter
  • DC/DC converter
  • fault analysis
  • DC protection

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