Proof-of-concept of a smart fault current controller with a superconducting coil for the smart grid

Min Cheol Ahn, Tae Kuk Ko

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The power grid, especially distribution grid, has been more complicated due to distributed generations (DGs) with renewable energy sources and the smart grid. The complexity changes two things in terms of a fault; higher prospective fault current and the temporal variation of sources and loads. To correspond to those remarkable changes, we propose a fault current controller (FCC) named "smart FCC." The smart FCC consists of a superconducting coil with a freewheeling diode if necessary, four thyristors, and a control unit. Smart FCC can not only limit but also control the current when a fault occurs. The smart grid technology can provide so enough information that it is possible to estimate which level of limited current should be the best in the real-time situation of the grid. Based on a real-time calculation of optimal fault current using the smart grid monitoring technologies, this new device is always ready to adjust the fault current. In this paper, we introduce a concept of the smart FCC and prove the concept. Various topologies have been proposed and simulated. Finally, a case study on a distribution class of 22.9 kV smart FCC has been conducted based on a conceptional system design.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5668895
Pages (from-to)2201-2204
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number3 PART 2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received August 03, 2010; accepted November 02, 2010. Date of publication December 17, 2010; date of current version May 27, 2011. This work was supported by the Human Resources Development Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) Grant funded by the Korea Government Ministry of Knowledge Economy (2007-P-EP-HM-E-08-0000).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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