Analysis of ferroresonance effects in distribution networks with distributed source units
Location: Vienna, Austria
Publication date: 2013-11-10
Published in: Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society 2013, Vienna (Austria) - IECON 2013
ref. DOI: 10.1109/IECON.2013.6699434

Local members

Alvaro Luna

PhD. Senior Researcher.

Joan Rocabert

PhD. Senior Researcher

Jose Ignacio Candela

PhD. Senior Researcher. Project Responsible

External members

Fayezizadeh, M.



The connection of Distributed Generation (DG) units to existing networks may give rise to harmful effects on the network and the DG units itself. Therefore, due to increasing penetration of DG units, it is important to consider these effects in order to avoid some of harmful events. Ferroresonance is one of these destructive phenomena. Over voltages due to this phenomena can damage devices which are connected to the network. In DG systems, due to the use of capacitor banks which are used for VAR compensation, grid connection filters, etc. ferroresonance may appear. Also, special operations like islanding, may lead these systems to ferroresonance. In traditional systems ferroresonance normally appear after there is an unbalance in the system. Nevertheless, for networks with significant penetration of DG units, the situation that gives rise to ferroresonance may be different from traditional systems and they can happen without any unbalancing occurrence. In this paper a distribution system integrating wind (WT) and photovoltaic (PV) power systems has been evaluated in order to analyze the performance of ferroresonance in such systems. Finally, the most appropriate techniques to prevent its appearance, and the associated over voltages, have been studied and implemented using PSCAD/EMTDC.


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