MATLAB Examples

Wind Farm - Synchronous Generator and Full Scale Converter (Type 4) Detailed Model

This example shows a 10 MW wind farm using a detailed model of a Type 4 wind turbine.

Richard Gagnon and Jacques Brochu (Hydro-Quebec)


1. Simulation Methods of the Type 4 Wind Turbine

Depending on the range of frequencies to be represented, three simulation methods are currently available in Simscape™ Power Systems™ Specialized Technology to model VSC based energy conversion systems connected on power grids.

The detailed model (discrete) such as the one presented in this example. The detailed model includes detailed representation of power electronic IGBT converters. In order to achieve an acceptable accuracy with the 2000 Hz and 3000 Hz switching frequencies used in this example, the model must be discretized at a relatively small time step (2 microseconds). This model is well suited for observing harmonics and control system dynamic performance over relatively short periods of times (typically hundreds of milliseconds to one second).

The average model (discrete) such as the one presented in the power_wind_type_4_avg model in the Renewable Energy examples library. In this type of model the IGBT Voltage-sourced converters (VSC) are represented by equivalent voltage sources generating the AC voltage averaged over one cycle of the switching frequency. A similar method is used for DC-DC converter. The average model does not represent harmonics, but the dynamics resulting from control system and power system interaction is preserved. This model allows using much larger time steps (typically 50 microseconds), thus allowing simulations of several seconds.

The phasor model (continuous) such as the one presented in the "power_wind_dfig" model in the Renewable Energy example library. This model is better adapted to simulate the low frequency electromechanical oscillations over long periods of time (tens of seconds to minutes). In the phasor simulation method, the sinusoidal voltages and currents are replaced by phasor quantities (complex numbers) at the system nominal frequency (50 Hz or 60 Hz).This is the same technique which is used in transient stability softwares.

2. Description

A 10 MW wind farm consisting of five 2 MW wind turbines connected to a 25 kV distribution system exports power to a 120 kV grid through a 30 km, 25 kV feeder.

The Type 4 wind turbine presented in this example consists of a synchronous generator connected to a diode rectifier, a DC-DC IGBT-based PWM boost converter and a DC/AC IGBT-based PWM converter. The Type 4 technology allows extracting maximum energy from the wind for low wind speeds by optimizing the turbine speed, while minimizing mechanical stresses on the turbine during gusts of wind.

In this example the wind speed is maintained constant at 15 m/s. The control system of the DC-DC converter is used to maintain the speed at 1 pu. The reactive power produced by the wind turbine is regulated at 0 Mvar.

Right-click on the "Wind Turbine Type 4" block and select "Look Under Mask" to see how the model is built. The sample time used to discretize the model (Ts= 2 microseconds)is specified in the Initialization function of the Model Properties.

Open the "Wind Turbine Type 4" block menu to see the data of the generator, the converter, the turbine, the drive train and the control systems. In the Display menu select "Turbine data for 1 wind turbine", check "Display wind turbine power characteristics" and then click Apply. The turbine Cp curves are displayed in Figure 1. The turbine power, the tip speed ratio lambda and the Cp values are displayed in Figure 2 as function of wind speed. For a wind speed of 15 m/s, the turbine output power is 1 pu of its rated power, the pitch angle is 8.8 deg and the generator speed is 1 pu.

3. Simulation

In this example you will observe the steady-state operation of the Type 4 wind turbine and its dynamic response to voltage sag resulting from a remote fault on the 120-kV system. Open the "120 kV" block modeling the voltage source and see how a six-cycle 0.25 pu voltage drop is programmed at t=0.03 s

Start simulation. Observe voltage and current waveforms on the Scope block. At simulation start the "xInitial" variable containing the initial state variables is automatically loaded (from the "power_wind_type_4_det.mat" file specified in the Model Properties) so that the simulation starts in steady state.

Initially the Type 4 wind farm produces 10 MW. The corresponding turbine speed is 1 pu of generator synchronous speed. The DC voltage is regulated at 1100 V and reactive power is kept at 0 Mvar. At t=0.03 s the positive-sequence voltage suddenly drops to 0.75 p.u. causing an increase on the DC bus voltage and a drop on the Type 4 wind turbine output power. During the voltage sag the control systems try to regulate DC voltage and reactive power at their set points (1100 V, 0 Mvar). The system recovers after fault elimination.

4. Regenerate Initial Conditions

This example is set-up with all states initialized so that the simulation starts in steady-state. Otherwise, due to the long time constants of the electromechanical part of the wind turbine model and to its relatively slow regulators you would have to wait for tens of seconds before reaching steady-state. The initial conditions have been saved in the "power_wind_type_4_det.mat" file. When you start simulation, the InitFcn callback (in the Model Properties/Callbacks) automatically loads into your workspace the contents of this .mat file ("xInitial" variable specified in the "Initial state" parameter in the Simulation/Configuration Parameters menu).

If you modify this model, or change parameter values of power components, the initial conditions stored in the "xInitial" variable will no longer be valid and Simulink® will issue an error message. To regenerate the initial conditions for your modified model, follow the steps listed below:

  1. In the Simulation/Configuration Parameters menu, uncheck the "Initial state" parameter.
  2. In the 120 kV Three-phase Voltage Source menu, disable the source voltage step by setting the "Time variation of " parameter to "none".
  3. In order to shorten the time required to reach steady-state, you will have to temporarily decrease the inertia of the turbine-generator group. Open the Wind Turbine Type 4 menu and in the Drive train data and Generator data, divide the H inertia constants by 10.
  4. Change the Simulation Stop Time to 5 seconds. Note that in order to generate initial conditions coherent with the 60 Hz voltage source phase angles, the Stop Time must be an integer number of 60 Hz cycles.
  5. Change the Simulation Mode from "Normal" to "Accelerator".
  6. Start simulation. When Simulation is completed, verify that steady state has been reached by looking at waveforms displayed on the Scope block. The final states which have been saved in the "xFinal" structure with time can be used as initial states for future simulations. Executing the next two commands copies these final conditions in "xInitial" and saves this variable in a new file (myModel_init.mat). * >> xInitial=xFinal; * >> save myModel_init xInitial
  7. In the File/Model Properties/Callbacks/InitFcn window, replace the first line of initialization commands with "load myModel_init". Next time you start a simulation with this model, the variable xInitial saved in the myModel_init.mat file will be loaded in your workspace.
  8. In the Simulation/Configuration Parameters menu, check "Initial state".
  9. In the Wind Turbine Generator and Drive train data, reset the inertia constants H back to their original values.
  10. Start simulation and verify that your model starts in steady-state.
  11. In the 120 kV Three-phase voltage source menu, set the "Time variation of" parameter back to "Amplitude".
  12. Change the Simulation Stop Time and Simulation Mode back to their original values (0.2 seconds, Normal).
  13. Save your Model.