Laboratory Demonstration of a Multiterminal VSC-HVDC Power Grid

Sid-ali Amamra, Frederic Colas, Xavier Guillaud, Pierre Rault, Samuel Nguefeu

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This paper presents the design, development, control, and supervision of a hardware-based laboratory multiterminal-direct-current (MTDC) testbed. This work is a part of the TWENTIES (transmission system operation with large penetration of wind and other renewable electricity sources in networks by means of innovative tools and integrated energy solutions) DEMO 3 European project, which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a dc grid through experimental tests. This is a hardware-in-the-loop dc system testbed with simulated ac systems in real-time simulation; the dc cables and some converters are actual, at laboratory scale. The laboratory-scale testbed is homothetic to a full-scale high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) system: electrical elements are the same in per unit. The testbed is supervised by a supervisory control and data acquisition system based on PcVue. A primary control-based droop control method to provide dc grid power balance and coordinated control methods to dispatch power as scheduled by a transmission system operator are implemented. Since primary control acts as converter level by using local measurements, a coordinated control is proposed to manage the dc grid power flow. The implemented system is innovative and achievable for real-time real-world MTDC-HVDC grid applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7762227
Pages (from-to)2339-2349
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Issue number5
Early online date29 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


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