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Impacts of dynamic reactive power compensation devices on the performance of wind power generators

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This paper investigates the main impacts of dynamic reactive power compensation devices on the performance of induction machine-based wind power generators. The dynamic reactive power compensation devices analysed are the SVC (Static Var Compensator) and the DSTATCOM (Distributed Static Synchronous Compensator). The usage of these devices as a power factor regulator or a voltage regulator is investigated. The technical factors analysed are small-signal voltage stability, transient stability and interactions with the anti-islanding protection system. The analyses are carried out by using a wind farm composed of 30 units of 1 MW induction generators. Such wind farm is connected to a 60 Hz, 33 kV distribution system. The results are a useful guideline to evaluate which control strategy and device are suitable for a determined application as well as to understand the dynamic interactions that can occur.

Keywords: induction generators, distributed static synchronous compensators, DSTATCOM, dynamic reactive power compensation, static var compensators, wind generators, wind power, wind energy, reactive compensation, voltage regulation, wind farms

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