This paper addresses a modeling and analysis methodology for investigating the stochastic harmonics and resonance concerns of wind power plants (WPPs). Wideband harmonics from modern wind turbines (WTs) are observed to be stochastic, associated with real power production, and they may adversely interact with the grid impedance and cause unexpected harmonic resonance, if not comprehensively addressed in the planning and commissioning of the WPPs. These issues should become more critical as wind penetration levels increase. We thus propose a planning study framework comprising the following functional steps: First, the best fitted probability density functions (PDFs) of the harmonic components of interest in the frequency domain are determined. In operations planning, maximum likelihood estimations (MLEs) followed by a chi-square test are used once field measurements or manufacturers' data are available. Second, harmonic currents from the WPP are represented by randomly-generating harmonic components based on their PDFs (frequency spectrum) and then synthesized for time domain simulations via inverse Fourier transform. Finally, we conduct a comprehensive assessment by including the impacts of feeder configurations, harmonic filters and the variability of parameters. We demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed study approach for a 100-MW offshore WPP consisting of 20 units of 5-MW full converter turbines, a realistic benchmark system adapted from a WPP under development in Korea and discuss lessons learned through this research.
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Acknowledgments: This research was supported in part by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2010-0028509). This research was supported by Korea Electric Power Corporation through Korea Electrical Engineering & Science Research Institute. [grant number : R15XA03-28] Author Contributions: Youngho Cho has developed the study framework and conducted simulation studies and written the paper with the support of Choongman Lee under supervision of the corresponding author, Kyeon Hur. Yong Cheol Kang and Eduard Muljadi helped improve the theoretical aspects and practicality of this study. Sang-Ho Park, Young-Do Choy and Gi-Gab Yoon supported the studies by providing transmission and manufacturers’ data and helped improve the study by adopting the study framework and providing comments.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Energy (miscellaneous)
- Control and Optimization
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering