World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology 48 2008
Design and Economics of Reactive Power Control in Distribution Substation
Khin Trar Trar Soe
Abstract—An electrical power system consists of three principle components that are generation station transmission line and distribution systems. A distribution system connects all the individual loads in a given to the transmission lines. All inductive loads require two kinds of power to operate with active power(kW) and reactive power (kVAR) in design and operation of alternating current electric power systems. A significant factor reactive power has been recognized. There is important interrelation between active and reactive power transmission. There are not purely sinusoidal wave forms, especially when it is compensated reactive power. The state controlled reactive power sources almost always produce harmonics. In a design of static compensators, harmonics should be considered individually. For a given distribution of power, the losses in the system can be reduced by minimizing the total flow of reactive power stability and voltage control in reactive control need about the use fixed shunt reactors, shunt capacitors, series capacitors, synchronous condenses and modern static compensator needed for reactive power control. Reactive power compensating mainly transmission system installed at substation is considered. The location of reactive power control in distribution substation can be seen that reactive power control, inrush current, shunt capacitors, series capacitors, shunt reactors, harmonics effect, ,economical considerations and selection of using apparatus. Keywords— reactive power control, economical consideration, inrush current, harmonics effect. I. INTRODUCTION UE to system expansion without proper and adequate planning and financial provision for the works in time, a large number of distribution systems have run into problems such as poor voltage regulation, poor power factor, high losses and poor efficiency, over loading and less reliability for continuity of supply. The causes for high losses and poor voltage regulation in the distribution and subtransmission system are: 1. Low power factor of the consumer installations. 2. Long and over loaded L.T lines. 3. Distribution transformers’ centers located away from the load centers.
Ms. Khin Trar Trar Soe is student of Mandalay Technological University (e-mail: khintrartrarsoe@ gmail.com).
4. Long and overloaded 11kV and subtransmission lines. 5. Poor voltage regulation on 11 kV and L.T lines, voltage drops being extended beyond permissible. 6. Under loading of distribution transformers. 7. Absence of shunt compensation in the subtransmission and distribution system; therefore, necessary to improve the working of the power distribution systems to reduce the unfavorable conditions and there by reduce losses, improve voltage regulation, etc. The system improvement has to be planned properly with the following objectives in mind. 1. To reduce losses in the distribution and subtransmission system. 2. To improve the voltage regulation so as to bring it within the prescribed limit. 3. To improve the power factor in the subtransmission and distribution system so as to get optimum utilization of /subtransmission/distribution capacities. II. SHUNT CAPACITORS Shunt capacitors can be used on the distribution system to improve the voltage regulation of the system. The shunt capacitors, if connected to utilization equipment and switched on in accordance with the load, reduce the voltage drop in the distribution system and thus help in obtaining better voltage regulation. If the utilization equipment draws a current which is fairly constant, the voltage regulation by the shunt capacitor is more effective. Shunt capacitors installed on a distribution system reduce energy losses in every part of the system between capacitors and generators. The use of shunt capacitors improve the voltage regulation of the system, The size of the shunt capacitor banks varies from individual units of 5 to 25 kVA connected to the secondary or primary circuits of a distribution system to a bank of capacitors of large-size kVA connected to the bus of substation at the primary voltage side. III. SHUNT COMPEMSATION AT THE HT SUBSTATION The benefits of shunt compensation at the HT substations are (i)the MVAR loading on the generating stations wherever it is overloaded is reduced ;(ii) release in transmission system capacity and reduction in transmission losses is released; and (iii) release in losses in the subtransmission lines. Benefits under (iii) can be worked out by considering the improvement
the damping reaction is not normally required from the consideration of inrush currents at the time of switching. such as reduction in kVA demand. The revenue due to kWh saved on subtransmission lines may be calculated at average cost per kWh at 11 kV bus. C1 = equivalent capacitance of the circuit in µF L1 = equivalent inductance between the energized banks and bank to be energized in µF EN = line to neutral voltage Thus it may be desirable to install parallel capacitor bank with series reactors. harmonic filtering. INRUSH CURRENT The maximum peak inrush current can be approximately given by the formula: (1) Imax = IC1 [ 1+XC1/XL1 ] Where. It has been found economical to install fixed capacitors and heavily-loaded 11 kV feeders for compensation up to 30% of kVAR of average feeder load. they provide other advantages for the consumer. The maximum peak current is given by the expression:
. reduction of ripple currents. capacitor discharge reactors filter reactors). Reactors are utilized to provide inductive reactance in power circuits for a wide variety of purposes. In series capacitors the reactive power is proportional to the square of the load current. or transmission voltage level. which already energized. There are certain unfavorable aspects of series capacitors. the switchgear and damping reactors are not required. V. the inrush current is mainly governed by the momentary discharge energized capacitor bank and since the impedance between the energized capacitor bank and the capacitor bank to be energized may be small. Series reactors chosen with respect to harmonics are large enough that inrush currents cause no problems for capacitors and circuit breakers. Depending on their function. In addition. like capacitors. The most important point to check is that such capacitors must have matched voltage rating with respect to reactors. it may become necessary to use series reactors for limiting the inrush currents. the switching and damping of inrush currents and the suppression of harmonics need special consideration. R 4 L2 1
compared to L1
1 × 2π
1 L 1C 1
In use of parallel banks. whereas in shunt capacitors it is proportional to the square of the voltage. For switched capacitor banks. Engineering and Technology 48 2008
in power factor and the consequent reduction of the line current. In case of no switched capacitors. The revenue due to release in transformer capacity may be worked out on the additional kWh. 11 to 132 kV may be of the switched and no switched type. distribution. The optimum benefit desired from the capacitors largely depends on the correct positioning of the capacitor in the system. VAR compensation. REACTORS Reactors.
2 Neglecting terms. These include fault current limiting. VIII. Reactors may be installed at any industrial. Generally the cost of installing series capacitors is higher than that of a corresponding installation of a shunt capacitor. Shunt reactor compensation is typically required under conditions that are the opposite of this requiring shunt capacitor compensation. IV. The system reactance including that of the transformer at which the capacitor bank is installed is adequate enough to bring down the value of inrush currents within safe limits of the capacitor on switchgear. Series and shunt capacitors in a power system generate reactive power to improve power factor and voltage. losses and stable voltage . inrush current limiting for capacitors and motors. LT CAPACITORS’ INSTALLATION LT capacitors are installed on the distribution system on individual lines or consumers motors to reduce system losses system losses and improve the system voltage and capacity.World Academy of Science. reactors are connected in shunt or in series with the network. VII. IC1 = Capacitor’s rated current (fundamental wave) rms XC1 = Capacitor reactance (fundamental wave) XL1 = Total inductive reactance of the system including capacitor bank (fundamental wave) The inrush current comprises a steady component of forced oscillation at supply frequency and a free oscillation of frequency. maximum voltage conditions of feeders or substations. VI. Series reactors are normally installed to limit inrush currents and to prevent excessive harmonic voltages. singularly (current limiting reactors. depending on the minimum loading. When a number of capacitor banks are used in parallel. thereby enhancing the system capacity and reducing the losses. Inrush current frequency f0 =
2 × EN ×
Where. are basic to and an integral part of both distribution and transmission power systems. it may result in high peak inrush current. shunt reactors) or in conjunction with other basic components such as power capacitors (shunt capacitor switching reactors. SERIES AND SHUNT CAPACITORS
1 × 2π
1 L 1C 1
R2 4 L2 1
(2) because R is very small as Capacitors aid in minimizing operating expenses and allow the utilities to serve new loads and consumers with a minimum system investment. HT SHUNT CAPACITORS’ INSTALLATION REQUIREMENT The HT capacitors. In the case of single capacitor banks.
By reducing kVA loading on the source generators additional kilowatt loading may be placed on the generation if turbine capacity is available. Reduces I2R power loss in the system because of reduction in current. For the same voltage improvement. X. Short circuit study to evaluate the range of various of system impedance at the point of connection of compensation equipment. THE DEGREE OF COMPENSATION
First Not used
Due to various limitations in the use of series capacitors. Harmonic Resonance Capacitor banks may resonate with harmonic currents produced else where on the system. instrument transformers.World Academy of Science. However depending on the most prominent harmonics in a particular installation. Resonance can cause excessive over-voltages and currents possibly resulting in failure of equipment such as capacitors. Harmonic studies to determine the series and parallel resonance points in the system with connection of filter banks. The factors which influence the choice between the shunt and series capacitors are summarized in Table 1. A shunt capacitor bank forms a resonant circuit with system inductive elements. Harmonic current flow into the capacitor bank may excite parallel resonance between the system inductance and bank capacitance. according to the requirements of the load. RESONANCE AND HARMONIC For capacitor banks connected to high-voltage system series reactor must be used (a) for limiting the inrush current on energisation of bank and (b) to suppress the harmonics in order to prevent harmonic overloading of the bank as well as to avoid undesirable parallel resonance with the system reactance. 1. To reduce demand power is purchased. so that discrete changes in the compensating reactive power may be made. Parallel resonance is avoided since harmonic current cannot flow between the system inductance and the bank’s capacitance.
TABLE1. which is especially beneficial for starting large motors from an otherwise weak power system. 3. IX. a number of banks may be necessary and needs to be determined by following system studies. Reasons for the application of shunt capacitor units are because of 1. Engineering and Technology 48 2008
This is because the protective equipment for a series capacitor is often more complicated. the rating of a shunt capacitor will be higher than that of a series capacitor. High oscillating currents cause excessive voltage distortion. and fuses. 4. each Switched separately. It is therefore advisable for economic reason.No. Thus a series capacitor stiffens the system. Reduces I2X kVAR loss in the system because of reduction in current. Decrease kVA loading on the source generators and circuits to relieve an overloaded condition or release capacity for additional load growth. Load flow study to evaluate the range of vibration of system voltage. 7. surge arresters. etc. SERIES AND SHUNT CAPACITORS Preference Sr. The frequency at which a circuit is in resonance is called the natural frequency of the circuit.
The degree of compensation being decided by an economic point of view between the capitalized cost of compensator and the capitalized cost of reactive power from supply system over a period of time. to combine the power factor correction and harmonic filtering in the same bank. 8. This resonance condition can be excited by remote system disturbances such as remote bank switching or sources of harmonics current. 2. Resonance occurs whenever an electrical circuit’s inductive and capacitive reactance connected either in parallel or series are equal at some frequency. Parallel resonance causes high oscillating current between inductive and capacitive energy-storage elements. Increase voltage level at the load 2. shunt capacitors are widely used in distribution systems. 5. Installing current-limiting reactors in series with the shunt capacitor bank can tune the bank to the offending harmonic’s frequency and eliminate parallel resonance. Improves voltage regulation if the capacitor units ar properly switched. A. Correction to 100 percent power factor may be economical in some cases. Objective Series capacitor Second Shunt capacitor First
Improve power factor Improve voltage level in an overhead line system with a normal and low power factor Improve voltage level in an overhead line system with a high power factor Improve voltage in an underground line system with a normal and low power factor Improve voltage in an underground line system with a high power factor Reduce line losses Reduce voltage fluctuations
3. 6. In practice a compensator such as a bank of capacitors (or inductors) can be divided into parallel sections. for reducing light flicker caused by large fluctuating load. Increases power factor of the source generator.
| Qγ| < |QL| ) the degree of compensation being decided by an economic between the capital cost of the compensator ( which depends on it’s rating) and the capitalized cost of obtaining the reactive power from the supply system over a period of time. Such apparatus is designed to work at a definite voltage and not to exceed a definite maximum current. Reduces investment in system facilities per kilowatt of load supplied. Before power factor correction. with a high load factor. the consumer should make ‘M’
2. Power diagram for Estimation of Power Factor
P = VI cos φ1 = VIa (5) Consider a load of power (kW) per phase at a lagging power factor of cos φ. A consumer’s annual cost is there of the form(AM + keU) kyats Where A = kyats per annum per kVA maximum demand M= maximum demand Ke = a charge ( kyats) per kWhr for each energy consumed U = energy consumed in a years ( average load) From the above expression. when a given amount of energy is to be transmitted.f1=φ1 φ1 = cos (p. It is also advantages. Engineering and Technology 48 2008
9. Phasor Diagram of Improving Power Factor
XII. only the reactance component of I2 (the current taken from the supply after power factor correction) is variable. For a particular power system.World Academy of Science.f1) Q1 = P tan φ1
p. ESTIMATION OF MOST ECONOMICAL POWER FACTOR
p.f2 = cos φ2 φ2 = cos-1(p.f2) Q2 = P tan φ2
Size of capacitor to improve power factor from p. Therefore.P tan φ2 = P(tan φ1− tan φ2) XI. i. Hence the load is partially compensated ( i.Q2 = P tan φ1 . thus making the power factor in kW and kVA loading on a power system equal. It is thus an economical to work with low power factor since the power transmitted by the apparatus is reduced. It is possible to correct low power factor up to unity power factor.f2 Qc = Q1. voltage is constant and current is limited by the losses. But owing to the cost of power factor correction equipment this is never economically justified. this can only achieved by power factor correction. ECONOMIC OF REACTIVE POWER CONTROL The electrical loading on electrical apparatus in power systems is a kVA loading. Annual cost (1) = AM1 + keU (6) After power factor correction.
.f1 to p. Assuming a fixed maximum power requirement. that this is done at lower power level over a long period of time. the volt-ampere (or kVA) has a maximum value and from P =VI cos φ the greater the value of cos φ the greater the power transmitted. a two tariff may be used. Thus kVA loading is reduced by having both the high load factor and a high power factor. Both the operating voltage and the current. core losses and there together must not exceed the power which the apparatus can dissipate without exceeding its maximum working temperature.e. In order to induce consumers to work with minimum kVA and also to make those pay most who make the most demand on the power system. Since the load power is constant.
kV A R Q2 P kW
as small as possible to achieve maximum economy for a given amount of energy supplied.
Fig 1. Annual cost (2) = AM2 + B (kVAR1 –kVAR2) + keU (7) where B = the annual charge per kVAR of the power factor correction equipment kVAR1 = reactance power from the supply before power factor correction kVAR2 = reactance power from the supply after power factor correction The power triangle before and after power factor correction may be drawn as show below.e. It is required to correct the power factor at the consumer’s terminal by connecting power factor correction capacitance ‘C’ to give the most economical power factor.
73 ACSR 397.9579 (lag:) Voltage regulation = 1.2306 1.6678 = 0.23033 4.5 Ibis 0.15993 Xs = 19.57 = 33. Another reason for improving for the power factor is to avoide poor voltage regulation.85 ∠ 4.3542 kV The total current in the supply line.6024 1. Engineering and Technology 48 2008
A.199 ∠ -39.488 KV Rs =8.49572MVAR Q γ = 1 MVAR One parallel capcitor banks 1 MVAR is applied in this distribution substation. initial cost is low. reaction in failures.7.32 2.P tan φ2] Differentiating the saving with respect to the variable φ2 and equating to zero for maximum saving.60
The compensator current.f and voltage regulation.14005 P =5 MW QL = 3.7526+j 2.83
12. Power factor improvement may be achieved the use of synchronous motor. CONCLUSION One of the reasons for improving the power factor is to decrease the reactive power. Configuration
Fig 3.538+j10. After compensation Supply voltage= E = V + ∆V = 33.571+j3.57163 3.75 ACSR 397.5 Ibis 0. Is = 0. But this paper use the capacitor banks because it has no moving parts . We can calculate the economics about power factor correction
28.5387 10. COMPENSATED CONDITION TO INCREASE THE VOLTAGE OF SITTAUNG 33 KV TO 32.World Academy of Science. I γ =j 0.19 ACSR 397.P sec φ2] – B [P tan φ1 . This paper will help and give the knowledge of the power factor correction for distribution substation and calculation of size of capacitor banks to improve p.488 kA Power factor =cos16.023.0496 4.Triangle Diagram
From the above two equations. Hence φ2 will be the most economical power factor. XIII. Annual saving = cost (1) – cost (2) = A [M1-M2] – B [kVAR1.CALCULATION RESULT FOR REACTIVE POWER CONTROL(POWER FACTOR CORRECTION) AND VOLTAGE REGULATION WITH CAPACITOR BANKS
From To kV Length (km) Conductor size (mcm) code Rdc( per mile) Rac XL Z( )
Bayargyi Sittaung 33 9.8342 4.5 Ibis . One line diagram from Bayargyi to Sittaung
TABLE 2.kVAR2] (8) = A [P sec φ1 .049+j4.0307kA The current flow into the load = I L=0.1606 ∠ -16.703
XV.096 MVAR Reactive power supply from system is Qs = 1. A P [sec φ1 tan φ2] + P B [-sec2 φ2] = 0 A tan φ2 = B sec φ2 sin φ2 =
XIV. REACTIVE POWER CONTROL IN DISTRIBUTION
SUBSTATION FROM BAYARGYI TO SITTAUNG
Fig 4.6698 kA
is the condition for minimum cost.
Ms.. Power System for the year 2000 and beyond. those pay demand on the power system. a two tariff . Samiran Choudhuri. Her interests include Transmission and Distribution in Station and substation. Inc.K.  Ed LL. for their kindness. New Dehli.I. REFERENCES
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