Topology for VSC transmission

B. Andersen, L. Xu, P. Horton, P. Cartwright

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The increasing rating and improved performance of self-commutated semiconductor devices have made DC power transmission based on voltage-source power convertors (VSCs) possible. This technology is called VSC transmission. The main components in a DC scheme are depicted and their functions explained. The features of three main categories of convertor topology suitable for DC transmission are described. Three specific convertors viz. two-level, three-level diode-clamped and four-level floating-capacitor convertors for a 300 MW scheme are compared in terms of costs, DC capacitor volume, commutation inductance and footprint. The floating capacitor convertor is shown to yield the lowest system cost.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-150
Number of pages9
JournalPower Engineer
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • VSC transmission
  • semiconductor devices
  • convertor topology
  • capacitor convertor


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