Primary Frequency Control Scheme for a Fixed-Speed Dish-Stirling Solar-Thermal Power Plant
Journal article, 2018

The ability of an induction generator-based dish-Stirling (DS) solar-thermal power plant in providing primary frequency control is examined. A dynamic model of the power plant is developed, in which the receiver/absorber temperature of the Stirling engine is allowed to vary. Primary frequency control is achieved through the adaptive regulation of the receiver temperature set-point and the droop setting of the output power-temperature characteristics of the DS system. However, the penetration level of the solar-thermal generation into the grid system has to be constrained to avoid the onset of instability due to the nonminimum phase characteristics of the DS system. The transient droop compensation technique is then proposed to alleviate the instability issue and results in an increase in the allowable DS penetration level.

Power generation

frequency control

Mathematical model

Frequency control


Dish-Stirling system

solar-thermal power generation

fixed-speed induction generator


Stirling engines



Yang Li

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

San Shing Choi

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

D. Mahinda Vilathgamuwa

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

IEEE Transactions on Power Systems

0885-8950 (ISSN)

Vol. 33 2 2184-2194

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance


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Energy Systems

Control Engineering

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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