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Investigation of Wind Farm on Power System Voltage

Stability Based on Bifurcation Theory
Zhiyuan Zeng, Xianqi Li, Jianzhong Zhou, Yongchuan Zhang
School of Hydropower and Information Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Abstract—Voltage stability has been well investigated for the
traditional power system using bifurcation theory since two
decades ago. This paper studies the impact of wind farm on
voltage stability of power system with and without reactive power
compensation devices. The static reactive compensation devices
including static capacitor banks and static var compensators
(SVC) are used to improve the maximum loadability. The
continuation method for power flow is used to obtain the system
PV curves and determine the maximum loadability. The type of
instability could possibly be of either Hopf. bifurcation or saddle
node bifurcation. The equivalent wind farm model is established
to replace the whole wind farm with a high number of wind
turbines. The IEEE 14 bus benchmark system is used to
demonstrate the reactive power compensation devices to support
the voltage stability after wind farm integration into a power
Keywords-Voltage Stability ˗ Hopf Bifurcation Wind Farm ˗
Static Reactive Compensation



The ability to maintain voltage stability has become a growing
concern for the planning and operating today’s stresses power
systems. It has been lengthy studied using bifurcation theory
for the traditional power systems in the past two decades
[1][2]. Wind energy has become one of the most important
and promising sources of renewable energy all over the world,
mainly because it is considered to be nonpolluting and
economically viable with the rapid development of related
wind turbine technology. With wind farms capacities
continuously increasing, the impact of wind farm integration
on voltage stability has attracted more concerns.
The dynamic of a large class of power systems can be
represented by parameter dependent differential-algebraic
models of the form

x = f ( x, y , λ , p )
0 = g ( x, y , λ , p )


When the parameters Ȝ and/or p (such as load of the system)
vary, the stable equilibrium points may lose its dynamic
stability at local bifurcation points. These equilibrium points
are asymptotically stable if all the eigenvalues of the system
state matrix have negative real parts. As the parameters
change, the eigenvalues associated with the corresponding
equilibrium point change as well. Upon parameters variation,
local bifurcation analysis of equilibria of the DAE model often

results in three major bifurcations, saddle node (SN), Hopf and
singularity induced (SI) bifurcations. The point where a
complex conjugate pair of eigenvalues reach the imaginary
axis with respect to the changes in (Ȝ, p), say (x0, y0, Ȝ0, p0), is
known as a Hopf bifurcation point. More detailed discussions
about the stability of power systems DAE model are in [3].
The fast growth of wind generation has led to concern about
the effect of wind power on the voltage stability of the power
grid. Compared to the conventional power plants, wind parks
exhibit certain singular characteristics, especially for variable
speed wind turbines, which not only produce reactive power
but also absorb it. The reactive power supporting capability
directly changes the voltage stability of power grid. In [4], an
aggregate model of a grid-connected wind farm for power
stability has been studied. It concentrated on the shaft systems
of the wind turbines when a simplified aggregate model of the
wind farm is used in voltage stability investigations. In [5], it
analyzed the voltage stability in a weak connection wind farm.
The possibility of network voltage drop and instability are
investigated by the detailed electromagnetic transient
simulation program.
This paper is structured as follows: the foundation of power
system stability and bifurcation analysis is described in section
II. In section III, wind farm model is established. Simulation
results are presented which illustrate various effects on the
power system voltage stability bifurcations theory in Section
IV. In section V, a summary is given and the conclusion of
this paper is presented.


Static and dynamic approaches were presented in [6] to
analyze voltage stability. Static approaches like sensitivity
analysis, modal analysis and P-V and Q-V methods for
voltage stability assessment use a system condition or
snapshot for voltage stability evaluation. They usually solve
power flow equations of the network with specific load
increments until the point of voltage collapse is reached.
These techniques allow examination of a wide range of system
conditions and can provide much insight into the nature of this
phenomenon by computation of the contributing factors. For
small disturbance analysis, the dynamic approach is based on
the eigenvalue computation of the linearized system, while for
large disturbance analysis a complete time domain simulation
is required.

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3.6 0. Fig.3 0. and the nominal power is increased up to the sum of the nominal power of the whole set of turbines to obtain the parameters of the aggregated turbine [12]. Wind generator and controller are used the simplified models.9 operating point HB HB 0.7 0. 2. Fig.u. The size of the wind farm model may be reduced by aggregating several wind turbines with similar incoming wind into a bigger turbine called aggregated model. as shown in Fig. WIND FARM MODEL 3. Wind farm detailed and aggregated model 0. which is the necessary condition of saddle-node bifurcation. PV curve for the system with detailed and aggregated wind farm model under the normal and contingency conditions . In this paper. wind generator model. Implementing a predictor---corrector scheme.5 0. and corresponding controller model. Mathematically.1. which is given in detail in [11]. the Jacobian matrix has a zero eigenvalue when evaluated at the SNB point. which has been demonstrated accuracy and efficiency.8 Bus 14 voltage (p. and therefore a rated power equal to n-times the rated power of individual wind turbines. If a constant power load is used as the bifurcation parameter. the wind farm equivalent model includes an aggregated model of the generation systems and a dynamic simplified model of each individual wind turbine approximating the operation points of each wind turbine according to the corresponding incoming wind speed[13] Meanwhile the equivalent wind turbine presents n-times the size of individual wind turbines. the composite wind model presented in [10] is used. When Hopf bifurcation occurs. Bifurcation analysis is appropriate for voltage stability since it is observed that the instability that may occur usually coincides with the singularity of system state Jacobian. the SNB point corresponds to the nose point of the P−V or Q−V curve.1 wind turbine model A complete wind turbine model includes wind speed model.4 30 DFIGs pre-contingency PV curve 3 DFIGs pre-contingency PV curve 30 DFIGs post-contingency PV curve 3 DFIGs post-contingency PV curve 0. where n is the number of aggregated wind turbines. Continuation Power Flow (CPF) presents a way to plot complete PV curves by automatically changing the value of the loading parameter ( ). may lead to compute an excessive and impractical number of equations. the system suddenly starts oscillating. Therefore. thirty wind turbines are equivalent into three wind turbines under the three typical wind speeds conditions and three aggregated rated powers. For example. sometimes a large wind farm will cover several square kilometers.2 259 272 285 298 Total System Load (MW ) 311 324 Fig. a continuation algorithm can trace the path of an already established solution as the parameters are varied [8].2 Aggregated model A complete model of a wind farm with a high number of wind turbines. and then it may keep on periodic oscillating or lose stability at last by increasing the amplitude continuously [9]. 3. PV curve analysis is widely used in the industry for analyzing voltage stability problems [7]. IEEE 14 bus benchmark system 1 0. 1.) III. The mechanical and electric parameters per unit are preserved. The physical explanation is that the load power reaches its maximum which can be transmitted through the network.Typically. The principle of continuation is a mathematical technique in which the path of an established solution of a system of equations is followed around parameter space when a control parameter is varied. Due to the wide range of distribution and geographically variations.

The parameters of modified transmission lines and equivalent wind turbine are given in Appendix. SNB 0. either the Hopf. The system consists of five synchronous machines.5 0. bifurcation (HB) will decrease due to wind farm replacing the synchronous generator at bus 2. The comparative results of PV curves between detailed and aggregated wind model are shown in Fig.RESULTS 1 HB 0. The wind farm reactive power includes wind turbine and wind electric field of reactive power compensation device.5. To examine the wind farm effect. can be used for regulating the SVC or other more advanced reactive power compensation device.7 SNB 0.3 0. 4. PV curves for the system with wind farm under the various wind speeds 1 Original System HB 0. 5. and the result is shown in Fig. The one-line diagram of the system can be seen in Fig. bifurcations or saddle node bifurcations. The internal network parameters for the step-up transformer and transmission lines are changed to verify it. if necessary.4 0.) IV. The dynamic behavior of the power system has been changed after the wind farm integration. and it is depicted in Fig. three of which are synchronous compensators used only for reactive power support. the aggregated wind farm model can be approximately used to replace the whole wind farm to save time computation and improve efficiency. represented with subtransient models and with IEEE type-1 exciters. we need to consider the installation of wind power reactive power compensation device. under the limit of wind turbines. represented as constant power loads (PQ loads). There are 11 loads in the system. if only the wind turbine reactive power capacity can not meet the needs of system voltage regulator.7 V14 (p. The original system of this reference was modified to include a wind farm composed of 30 turbines of 2 MW each.5 0. the loadability will be improved.) 0. 2.u.u. 4.3 259 272 285 298 Total System Load (MW ) 311 324 Fig.6 High W ind Speed PV Curve 0. First of all. Wind power reactive power compensation devices division can be switched capacitors or reactor group and.6 0. thus.8 0.8 Internal Network Parameters Decreased System PV Curve(*0.8 SNB 0.3 259 272 285 298 Total System Load (MW ) 311 324 Fig.6 0. PV curves for the system with wind farm after changing parameters Normal Operation ----. which was described in detail [14].4 0. the loadability will increase. PV curves for the system with reactive compensation devices .u. the loadability will decrease.) All results presented in this section are obtained from a slight modified of the IEEE 14 bus benchmark system.8 0. 6. totaling 259 MW and 81.9 HB 0.7 V 14(p.5 Medium W ind Speed PV Curve 0.3 0. With the parameters increasing.9 HB after DFIG with SVC HB after DFIG with Capacitor Bank 0. With wind speed increasing.6 0.Line 2-4 removing Contingency 0.9 0. On the contrary.4 Low W ind Speed PV Curve 0. the transmission lines in the IEEE 14 bus test system were modified appropriately to achieve a realistic wind penetration level.2 259 272 285 298 311 Total System Load (MW ) 324 337 Fig. an equivalent wind generator at 2 MW is considered.u. The wind farm is connected to the grid through 25kV/69kV transformers.9 Original System PV Curve DFIG System PV Curve HB V14 (p. PV curves for the system with synchronous generator and wind farm Origianl System PV Curve Internal Network Parameters Increased System PV Curve(*5) 0. The dynamic model of the wind farm includes an equivalent model of its internal electric network. 7. With the wind speed various. the output power of wind farm will change correspondingly. The cause is the wind farm internal network decreasing the voltage margin.) 0.2 259 272 285 298 311 Total System Load (MW ) 324 337 Fig.4 0. should make full use of wind power generating units of reactive power capacity and its ability to regulate. The dynamic behavior of three wind speed conditions is shown in Fig.3 Mvar.5 0.01) V14 (p.7 0. Therefore.3. A static capacitor bank to compensate for the reactive power drawn by the induction generator is connected at the bus. The maximum loadability and Hopf. The simulation results are very similar under the normal and contingency operating conditions. SNB 0.6.

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