Subsynchronous Resonance in Doubly-Fed Induction Generator Based Wind Farms
Licentiate thesis, 2016
The objective of this thesis is to investigate the risk for instabilities due to SubSynchronous
Resonances (SSR) conditions in large wind farms connected to series-compensated transmission
lines. In particular, the focus is on Doubly-Fed Induction Generator (DFIG) based wind
farms. Analytical models of the system under investigation are derived in order to understand
the root causes that can lead to instabilities. A frequency dependent approach, based on the
Nyquist criterion, has been applied in order to investigate the risk for SSR in DFIG based wind
turbines. Through this approach, it is shown that the observed phenomenon is mainly due to an
energy exchange between the power converter of the turbine and the series compensated grid.
This phenomenon, here referred to as SubSynchronous Controller Interaction (SSCI), is driven
by the control system of the turbine, which presents a non-passive behavior in the subsynchronous
frequency range. The different factors that impact the frequency characteristic of the wind
turbine, thereby making the system prone to SSCI interaction, have been investigated. Through
this analysis, it is shown that in a DFIG wind turbine, the current controller in the rotor-side
converter plays a major role and that the risk for SSR increases when increasing its closed-loop
bandwidth. In addition, it is shown that the output power generated from the wind turbine has
an impact on the frequency characteristic of the turbine.
Time-domain studies are performed on an aggregated wind turbine model connected to a series compensated
transmission line with the objective of verifying the analytical results obtained
through frequency-domain analysis. Based on the theoretical analysis, mitigation strategies are
proposed in order to shape the impedance behavior of the wind turbine in the incident of SSCI.
The effectiveness of the proposed mitigation strategies are evaluated both theoretically through
frequency domain analysis and using detailed time-domain simulations.
Induction Generator Effect (IGE)
Doubly-Fed Induction Generator (DFIG)
SubSynchronous Resonance (SSR)
SubSynchronous Controller Interaction (SSCI)