Flexible AC transmission system A flexible alternating current transmission system (FACTS) is a system composed of static equipment used for

the AC transmission of electrical energy. It is meant to enhance controllability and increase power transfer capability of the network. It is generally a power electronicsbased system. FACTS is defined by the IEEE as "a power electronic based system and other static equipment that provide control of one or more AC transmission system parameters to enhance controllability and increase power transfer capability.´

Series compensation.

Technology

Shunt compensation. Series compensation In series compensation, the FACTS is connected in series with the power system. It works as a controllable voltage source. Series inductance occurs in long transmission lines, and when a large current flow causes a large voltage drop. To compensate, series capacitors are connected. Shunt compensation In shunt compensation, power system is connected in shunt (parallel) with the FACTS. It works as a controllable current source. Shunt compensation is of two types:

Transmission on a no-loss line.

Shunt capacitive compensation This method is used to improve the power factor. Whenever an inductive load is connected to the transmission line, power factor lags because of lagging load current. To compensate, a shunt capacitor is connected which draws current leading the source voltage. The net result is improvement in power factor. Shunt inductive compensation This method is used either when charging the transmission line, or, when there is very low load at the receiving end. Due to very low, or no load ± very low current flows through the transmission line. Shunt capacitance in the transmission line causes voltage amplification (Ferranti Effect). The receiving end voltage may become double the sending end voltage (generally in case of very long transmission lines). To compensate, shunt inductors are connected across the transmission line. Theory In the case of a no-loss line, voltage magnitude at receiving end is the same as voltage magnitude at sending end: Vs = Vr=V. Transmission results in a phase lag that depends on line reactance X.

Reactive power at sending end is the opposite of reactive power at receiving end:

As is very small, active power mainly depends on whereas reactive power mainly depends on voltage magnitude. Series compensation FACTS for series compensation modify line impedance: X is decreased so as to increase the transmittable active power. However, more reactive power must be provided.

Shunt compensation Reactive current is injected into the line to maintain voltage magnitude. Transmittable active power is increased but more reactive power is to be provided.

Examples of series compensation

As it is a no-loss line, active power P is the same at any point of the line:

Examples of FACTS compensation (schematic) Examples of FACTS compensation (schematic)
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Static synchronous series compensator (SSSC) Thyristor-controlled series capacitor (TCSC): a series capacitor bank is shunted by a thyristor-controlled reactor Thyristor-controlled series reactor (TCSR): a series reactor bank is shunted by a thyristor-controlled reactor Thyristor-switched series capacitor (TSSC): a series capacitor bank is shunted by a thyristor-switched reactor Thyristor-switched series reactor (TSSR): a series reactor bank is shunted by a thyristor-switched reactor

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Examples of shunt compensation

Static synchronous compensator (STATCOM); previously known as a static condenser (STATCON) Static VAR compensator (SVC). Most common SVCs are: o Thyristor-controlled reactor (TCR): reactor is connected in series with a bidirectional thyristor valve. The thyristor valve is phase-controlled. Equivalent reactance is varied continuously. o Thyristor-switched reactor (TSR): Same as TCR but thyristor is either in zero- or full- conduction. Equivalent reactance is varied in stepwise manner. o Thyristor-switched capacitor (TSC): capacitor is connected in series with a bidirectional thyristor valve. Thyristor is either in zero- or fullconduction. Equivalent reactance is varied in stepwise manner. o Mechanically-switched capacitor (MSC): capacitor is switched by circuit-breaker. It aims at compensating steady state reactive power. It

is switched only a few times a day.

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