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An Effective Control Scheme of a Back-to-Back Converter with Shunt-Connected HTS SMES for Frequency Regulation of an Islanded Microgrid
An Effective Control Scheme of a Back-to-Back Converter with Shunt-Connected HTS SMES for Frequency Regulation of an Islanded Microgrid
Journal of Electrical Engineering and Technology. 2014. May, 9(3): 1119-1124
Copyright © 2014, The Korean Institute of Electrical Engineers
  • Received : February 12, 2014
  • Accepted : March 07, 2014
  • Published : May 01, 2014
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Minh-Chau Dinh
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Changwon National University, Korea. (thanchau7787@gmail.com,paku@cwnu.ac.kr)
Minwon Park
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Changwon National University, Korea. (thanchau7787@gmail.com,paku@cwnu.ac.kr)
Gyeong-Hun Kim
Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Korea. (kgh1001@ keri.re.kr)
In-Keun Yu
Corresponding Author: Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Changwon National University, Korea. (yuik@cwnu.ac.kr)

Abstract
High temperature superconducting magnetic energy storage (HTS SMES) is known as an effective solution to significantly decrease the voltage and power fluctuations of grid connected wind power generation system (WPGS). This paper implements an effective control scheme of a back-toback converter with shunt-connected HTS SMES for the frequency regulation of an islanded microgrid. The back-to-back converter is used to connect the WPGS to the grid. A large-scale HTS SMES is linked to the DC side of the back-to-back converter through a two-quadrant DC/DC chopper. An adaptive control strategy is implemented for the back-to-back converter and the two-quadrant DC/DC chopper to improve the efficiency of the whole system. The performance of the proposed control system was evaluated in a test power system using PSCAD/EMTDC. The simulation results clearly show that the back-to-back converter with shunt-connected HTS SMES operates effectively with the proposed control strategy for stabilizing the power system frequency fluctuations.
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1. Introduction
The conventional power systems are changing globally, and a large number of dispersed generation units, such as wind turbines, photovoltaic (PV) generators, fuel cells, small hydro, and wave generators, are being integrated into power systems at the distribution level. Among the renewable energy sources, the wind power generation system (WPGS) is the fastest growing. However, the WPGS output power fluctuates due to wind speed variations. This may cause some serious problems with respect to frequency and voltage oscillations when a large number of wind power generators are connected to the grid system [1 - 3] .
To overcome these shortcomings, the smoothing control of the wind power generator output is very important. In the case of an existing microgrid, an energy storage system such as a battery energy storage system (BESS), an electric double layer capacitor (EDLC) or a superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) is mainly used for compensating the fluctuation of output power. Among them, high temperature superconducting magnetic energy storage (HTS SMES) has been reported as an effective solution to compensate for the fluctuations of generated power at common coupling points of the WPGS [4] .
This paper discusses an effective application scheme of a back-to-back converter with shunt-connected HTS SMES for frequency stabilization within the utility regulation limits [5 , 6] . An adaptive controller was designed for the back-to-back converter to improve the performance of whole system. The current controlled technique is the most essential in design application of the back-to-back converter with shunt-connected HTS SMES, because it can dominate the performance of WPGS connected to the grid system. Conventionally, the PI controllers are very common in the control of the back-to-back converter due to their simple and good performance in a wide range of operating conditions. However, they cannot always effectively control systems with changing parameters or strong nonlinearities, and they may need frequent online returning of their parameters [7] . In addition, the fuzzy logic controller shows the potential to provide an improved method even in the wide parameter variation [8] . Hence, in this paper the conventional PI controller was replaced by a fuzzy-PI controller. Then, the authors analyzed the frequency variation of a grid-connected wind power generation system using PSCAD/EMTDC (Power System Computer Aided Design/Electromagnetic Transient Including DC).
For these purposes, a large-scale HTS SMES is needed; however, the time response should be considered for practical application to the power system, in which the high speed compensation property of SMES is required. Compared to a single magnet SMES, a dual magnet SMES can ensure both high power and speed, as the operating range of the dual magnet SMES is larger than that of the single magnet, even though they have the same capacity [9] . Furthermore, the control speed of a power conditioning system (PCS) that handles the power transfer between the SMES and AC system also affects the time response of the whole system, and the back-to-back and two-quadrant DC/DC converters with an adaptive control strategy can improve the system’s efficiency.
The effectiveness of the back-to-back converter with shunt-connected HTS SMES for the frequency regulation was verified. The operating characteristics of the dual magnet SMES were analyzed using PSCAD/EMTDC and the simulation results are discussed in detail.
2. Modeling of the Ulleung Island Power Network
- 2.1. Ulleung power network
As shown in Fig. 1 , the power network of Ulleung Island consists of two diesel generators (DG), two hydraulic generators (HG), and a WPGS. The WPGS is connected to the utility through a back-to-back converter and a common wye-delta transformer. An SMES is connected to the DC side of the back-to-back converter via a DC-DC chopper.
The permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG) type WPGS was applied and the parameters for the wind turbine model are given in Table 1 . The MOD-2 was used for the wind turbine modeling using PSCAD/EMTDC [10 , 11] . In the case of PMSG, the maximum power point tracking (MPPT) control from the wind turbine was adopted. The maximum power of the wind turbine is given by Eq. (1).
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The power network of Ulleung Island
Parameters for the wind turbine model
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Parameters for the wind turbine model
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where R is the blade radius (m), Cp is the power coefficient of the wind turbine, λ is the tip speed ratio, β is the pitch angle (deg), and ω is the mechanical angular velocity of the blade (rad/s). The pitch angle control was also applied in the modeled wind turbine to limit the output power at the terminal of the generator when the wind speed was greater than the rated speed.
The capacity of SMES is strongly related to the capacity of WPGS and the features of utility. The HTS SMES as depicted in Table 2 was modeled for application to the proposed system.
Specifications of the dual magnet SMES
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Specifications of the dual magnet SMES
- 2.2. Adaptive control design of the back-to-back converter with shunt-connected SMES
The control block diagram of converters is depicted in Fig. 2 . The generator-side converter extracts the maximum power from the wind turbine by controlling the active power, based on Eq. (1), and controls the active power to zero. Fig. 3 represents the control block diagram of the generator-side converter. In this control strategy, the control system based on the d-q rotating reference frame is adopted.
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The control block diagram of converters
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The control block diagram of the generator-side controller system
The grid-side converter controls the DC-link voltage. By compensating the reactive power from the grid, the AC bus voltage can also be controlled. Fig. 4 shows the control block diagram of the grid-side controller system. The DC voltage and the AC bus voltage are controlled separately by the q-axis current ( Iq ) and d-axis current ( Id ), respectively. For the d-axis and q-axis current loop regulations, the Fuzzy-PI controllers are applied [12 , 13] .
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The control block diagram of the grid-side controller system
Fig. 5 provides a block diagram of the current control loop for the grid-side converter. The controller is composed of a Fuzzy-PI controller, a processing delay, and the plant system.
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Current control loop with fuzzy-PI controller
The fuzzy logic controller (FLC) is used to adjust the PI parameters including the proportional gain ( Kp ), the integral time constant ( Ti ) or the integral gain ( Ki ) according to the input signal error ( error ). The integral time constant ( Ti ) is set equal to the plan system time constant ( Ltot/Rtot ). Ltot is the total of the inductances of the LC filter and transformer. And Rtot is their parasitic resistances. The integral gain ( Ki ) is set equal to the ratio of the proportional gain and the integral time constant ( Kp / Ti ). To determine the proportional gain ( Kp ) and the integral gain ( Ki ), inference engine with rule base having if-then rules in the form of “If error , then Kp and Ki ” is used.
The general structure of fuzzy logic control is shown in Fig. 6 . The FLC consists of fuzzification, membership function, rule base, fuzzy inference and defuzzification.
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The general structure of fuzzy logic control
For fuzzification of three variables of the FLC, the error ( error ) has five triangle membership functions, and the gain outputs Kp and Ki have three triangle membership functions for each gain. The variables’ fuzzy subsets for inputs are Negative Big (NB), Negative Small (NS), Zero (ZE), Positive Small (PS), and Positive Big (PB). The variables’ fuzzy subsets for output are Small (SM), Medium (MD), and Big (BG).
Fig. 7 (a) shows the membership function for the input ( error ). The interval input of the membership function is set at [-1 to 1] due to the variation of the d-axis or q-axis current between -1 to 1 pu. Fig. 7 (b) shows the member- ship functions for output gain Kp . Fig. 7 (c) shows the membership functions for output gain Ki . The membership functions are designed on the basic of the frequency response of the Bode diagram of the current control loop.
Fig. 8 shows the frequency response of the Bode diagram of the current loop control. A maximum gain with gain margin ( Gm ) larger than 6 dB and phase margin ( Pm ) larger than 45 deg is obtained with Kp = 1.6 and Ki = 48. Therefore, the interval of the membership function for output gain Kp can be set at [0.0 to 1.6] as shown in Fig. 7 (b) and the interval of the membership function for output gain Ki can be set at [0.0 to 48.0] as shown in Fig. 7 (c) .
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(a) The membership function for the input (error); (b) the membership function for the output (Kp), and (c) the membership function for the output (Ki)
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Bode diagram of the current loop of the grid-side converter
The gain values of Kp and Ki for the PI controller of the current regulator are calculated for the changes in the input of the FLC according to the rule base. The rule base includes five rules as follows:
If (error is NB), then (Kp is BG) and (Ki is BG) If (error is NS), then (Kp is MD) and (Ki is MD) If (error is Z), then (Kp is SM) and (Ki is SM) If (error is PS), then (Kp is MD) and (Ki is MD) If (error is PB), then (Kp is BG) and (Ki is BG)
In this paper, the inference mechanism utilizes Mamdani’s max-min method. In the defuzzification, the output fuzzy system is a weighted average of the outputs for all rules. The solution to the defuzzification process is computed by the following equation:
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where n is the number of rules, µi is the degree of the membership function for the ith rule, and Yi is the consequence membership function. The PSCAD/EMTDC software does not include a component for FLC. Therefore, the authors developed a new FLC component for Fuzzy-PI in PSCAD / EMTDC by using FORTRAN codes. The detailed parameters of the back-to-back converter system are summarized in Table 3 .
Detailed parameters of the back-to-back converter
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Detailed parameters of the back-to-back converter
3. Frequency Regulation by the SMES System
The grid frequency has to be regulated within the utility regulation limits of 60 ± 0.2 Hz. The control block diagram shown in Fig. 9 was used for the frequency stabilizations. If both ESMES1 and ESMES2 are in the range of 0 pu to 1 pu, the control is active (0); otherwise, it is controlled (1). If control is one, the DC/DC chopper does not charge or discharge energy to the SMES.
When the control is zero, the output power of WPGS ( Ps ) is fed to a low-pass filter and then compared with output power of the back-to-back converter ( Pg ) to control the duty of the DC/DC chopper.
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Control block diagram of the dual magnet SMES
The controller provides the switching control signal for the DC/DC chopper. Fig. 10 reports the wind speed pattern and grid frequency variations without the SMES system. The frequency of the model power system exceeds the regulations limit of 60 ± 0.2 Hz. As shown in Fig. 11 , the output power of the PMSG type WPGS in combination with the HTS SMES fluctuates much less than that of the general PMSG type WPGS under the same wind speed. The results in Fig. 12 verify that the grid frequency is maintained in the range of 59.8 Hz to 60.2 Hz when the SMES is applied.
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Wind speed pattern of WPGS and frequency variations of Ulleung Island power network
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Comparison results of feeding active power to the grid of WPGS in the cases with and without the HTS SMES
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Grid frequency when the SMES is applied
4. Conclusion
This paper dealt with the frequency stabilization of the Ulleung Island power network by an effective control scheme of the back-to-back converter with shunt-connected HTS SMES. For these purposes, a control system including the adaptive controller of the grid-side converter was designed and applied to the back-to-back and DC-DC converters. From the simulation results, it can clearly be concluded that the proposed system properly regulates the frequency within the regulation limits. Compared to the general configurations of SMES system, the back-to-back converter with shunt-connected SMES can save one converter and also reduce the power losses of converter system. Hence, the proposed system is cost-effective in comparison with the general WPGS and SMES system.
Acknowledgements
This research is financially supported by Changwon National University in 2013-2014
BIO
Minh-Chau Dinh He received the B.S. degree from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2010 and the M.S. degree from Changwon National University, Changwon, Korea, in 2012, all in electrical engineering. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Changwon National University, Changwon, Korea. His fields of interest are high voltage direct current system and superconducting power cable.
Minwon Park He received B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Changwon National University in 1997 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Osaka University in 2000 and 2002, respectively. His research interests are the development of the simulation model of power conversion equipment and renewable energy sources using EMTP type Simulators.
Gyeong-Hun Kim He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Changwon National University, Korea in 2007, 2009, and 2013, respectively. He has been with the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI), Changwon, Korea, since 2013. Currently, he is a senior research engineer with the Smart Distribution Research Center, KERI. His research interests are operation and control of a wind power generation system.
In-Keun Yu He received B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Dongguk University in 1981 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Hanyang University in 1983 and 1986, respectively. His research interests are electric energy storage and control systems, PSCAD/EMTDC and RTDS simulation studies, and renewable energy sources.
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