A modular series connected converter structure suitable for a high-voltage direct current transformerless offshore wind turbine
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Gjerde, S., Ljøkelsøy, K., Nilsen, R. and Undeland, T. (2013), A modular series connected converter structure suitable for a high-voltage direct current transformerless offshore wind turbine. Wind Energ.. doi: 10.1002/we.1670
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 28 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 15 JAN 2013
- offshore wind power;
- modular power electronic converter;
- transformerless, DC grid
A modular generator/converter system suitable for a 100 kV transformerless HVDC offshore wind turbine is analyzed in this paper. The large diameter generator combined with mechanical tolerances may result in substantial parameter deviations. Therefore, the impact of such parameter variations is analyzed. A steady-state model relating these variations to the imbalances between module DC voltages has been developed. Additionally, the impact of different control strategies was assessed through simulations in EMTDC/PSCAD. Finally, experimental verification of the system performed on a 45 kW laboratory prototype is presented. The theory is developed with the transformerless wind turbine concept in mind but is also applicable to other similar series connected converter topologies.Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.