Measurement-based Method for Wind Farm Power System Oscillation Monitoring

X. Liu, Timothy Littler, J. Kennedy

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The global increase in the penetration of renewable energy is pushing electrical power systems into uncharted territory, especially in terms of transient and dynamic stability. In particular, the greater penetration of wind generation in European power networks is, at times, displacing a significant capacity of conventional synchronous generation with fixed-speed induction generation and now more commonly, doubly-fed induction generators. The impact of such changes in the generation mix requires careful monitoring to assess the impact on transient and dynamic stability. This paper presents a measurement based method for the early detection of power system oscillations, with attention to mode damping, in order to raise alarms and develop strategies to actively improve power system dynamic stability and security. A method is developed based on wavelet transform and support vector data description (SVDD) to detect oscillation modes in wind farm output power, which may excite dynamic instabilities in the wider system. The wavelet transform is used as a filter to identify oscillations in different frequency bands, while SVDD is used to extract dominant features from different scales and generate an assessment boundary according to the extracted features. Poorly damped oscillations of a large magnitude or that are resonant can be alarmed to the system operator, to reduce the risk of system instability. Method evaluation is exemplified used real data from a chosen wind farm.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Power Generation (SUPERGEN '09)
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Power Generation and Supply, 2009 (SUPERGEN '09) - Nanjing, China
Duration: 01 Apr 200901 Apr 2009


ConferenceInternational Conference on Sustainable Power Generation and Supply, 2009 (SUPERGEN '09)
Abbreviated titleSUPERGEN '09


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