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Instability analysis of pumped-storage stations under no-load conditions using a parameter-varying model
Wuhan Univ, State Key Lab Water Resources & Hydropower Engn S, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China..
Wuhan Univ, State Key Lab Water Resources & Hydropower Engn S, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
2016 (English)In: Renewable energy, ISSN 0960-1481, E-ISSN 1879-0682, Vol. 90, 420-429 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The S-shaped characteristics of a pump turbine make its rotational speed unstable when it starts up under no-load conditions with low head, affecting its ability to connect to the grid. Although advanced strategies for controlling the speed governor can alleviate this problem, they cannot fundamentally resolve the internal mechanisms that cause difficulties with a grid connection. Therefore, this study set out to theoretically explore the root cause of the instability and the dominant factors influencing it. A correlation fitting process was used to simplify the transcendental function for the pipe flow in elastic mode into a high-precision and low-order linear equation. Next, a detailed study of the two key factors affecting system stability (pump turbine S-shaped characteristics and water elasticity) was carried out based on the system model, and a comprehensive parameter that reflects the no-load characteristics was extracted. Furthermore, the Laplace transform and inverse transform decomposition were used to obtain a mathematical expression for the no-load oscillation in order to analyze the oscillation characteristics. Finally, simulations of no-load oscillations under various heads were performed to further validate the accuracy of the extracted comprehensive parameter for the no-load stability.

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2016. Vol. 90, 420-429 p.
Keyword [en]
Pumped-storage station, Pump turbine, No-load instability, Water elasticity, S-shaped characteristics
National Category
Energy Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280219DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2016.01.024ISI: 000370102400038OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-280219DiVA: diva2:910845
Available from: 2016-03-10 Created: 2016-03-09 Last updated: 2017-11-30
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1. Hydropower plants and power systems: Dynamic processes and control for stable and efficient operation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hydropower plants and power systems: Dynamic processes and control for stable and efficient operation
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

As the largest global renewable source, hydropower shoulders a large portion of the regulation duty in many power systems. New challenges are emerging from variable renewable energy (VRE) sources, the increasing scale and complexity of hydropower plants (HPPs) and power grid. Stable and efficient operation of HPPs and their interaction with power systems is of great importance.

Theoretical analysis, numerical simulation and on-site measurement are adopted as main study methods in this thesis. Various numerical models of HPPs are established, with different degrees of complexity for different purposes. The majority of the analysis and results are based on eight HPPs in Sweden and China.

Stable operation (frequency stability and rotor angle stability) and efficient operation are two important goals. Regarding the stable operation, various operating conditions are analysed; the response time of primary frequency control (PFC) and the system stability of isolated operation are investigated. A fundamental study on hydraulic-mechanical-electrical coupling mechanisms for small signal stability of HPPs is conducted. A methodology is proposed to quantify the contribution to the damping of low frequency oscillations from hydraulic turbines. The oscillations, with periods ranging from less than one up to hundreds of seconds, are analysed.

Regarding the efficient operation, a description and an initial analysis of wear and tear of turbines are presented; a controller filter is proposed as a solution for wear reduction of turbines and maintaining the frequency quality of power systems; then the study is further extended by proposing a framework that combines technical plant operation with economic indicators, to obtain relative values of regulation burden and performance of PFC.

The results show that the coupling between the hydraulic-mechanical subsystem and the electrical subsystem can be considerable and should be considered with higher attention. Effectiveness and applicability of different numerical models are shown, supplying suggestions for further model optimization. For the influence from power systems on HPPs, the dynamic processes and corresponding control strategies of HPPs under diverse disturbances and requirements from power systems are addressed. For the influence from HPPs on power systems, quantifications of frequency quality and the hydraulic damping are conducted utilising proposed methodologies.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2017. 140 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1494
National Category
Engineering and Technology
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-318470 (URN)978-91-554-9871-9 (ISBN)
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2017-05-19, Polhemsalen, Ångtröm 10134, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-04-28 Created: 2017-03-24 Last updated: 2017-05-05

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