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Distributed Generation: Induction and Permanent Magnet Generators

ISBN: 978-0-470-51181-7
262 pages
March 2008
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Distributed power generation is a technology that could help to enable efficient, renewable energy production both in the developed and developing world. It includes all use of small electric power generators, whether located on the utility system, at the site of a utility customer, or at an isolated site not connected to the power grid. Induction generator (IG) is the most commonly used and cheapest technology, compatible with renewable energy resources. Permanent magnet (PM) generators have traditionally been avoided due to high fabrication costs; however, compared with IGs they are more reliable and productive.

Distributed Generation thoroughly examines the principles, possibilities and limitations of creating energy with both IGs and PM generators. It takes an electrical engineering approach in the analysis and testing of these generators, and includes diagrams and extensive case study examples to better demonstrate how the integration of energy sources can be accomplished. The book also provides the practical tools needed to model and implement new techniques for generating energy through isolated or grid-connected systems.

Besides a chapter introducing the technical, economic and environmental impacts of distributed generation, this book includes: 

  • an examination of various phase-balancing schemes for a three-phase IG operating on a single-phase power system;
  • a coupled circuit 2-D finite element analysis of a grid-connected IG, with Steinmetz connection;
  • a study of self-excited induction generator (SEIG) schemes for autonomous power systems, and the voltage and frequency control of SEIG with a slip-ring machine (SESRIG);
  • a report on a PM synchronous generator with inset rotor for achieving a reduced voltage regulation when supplying an autonomous power system, and an analysis of its performance using a two-axis model and finite element method;
  • experimental work on various IG and SEIG schemes.

This book is a must-read for engineers, consultants, regulators, and environmentalists involved in energy production and delivery, helping them to evaluate renewable energy sources and to integrate these into an efficient energy delivery system. It is also a superior reference for undergraduates and postgraduates. Designers, operators, and planners will appreciate its unique contribution to the literature in this field.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xvii

About the Authors xix

1 Distributed Generation 1

1.1 Introduction 1

1.2 Reasons for DG 1

1.3 Technical Impacts of DG 3

1.3.1 DG Technologies 3

1.3.2 Thermal Issues 5

1.3.3 Voltage Profile Issues 5

1.3.4 Fault-Level Contributions 7

1.3.5 Harmonics and Interactions with Loads 7

1.3.6 Interactions Between Generating Units 8

1.3.7 Protection Issues 8

1.4 Economic Impact of DG 9

1.5 Barriers to DG Development 10

1.6 Renewable Sources of Energy 11

1.7 Renewable Energy Economics 12

1.8 Interconnection 15

1.8.1 Interconnection Standardization 15

1.8.2 Rate Design 15

1.9 Recommendations and Guidelines for DG Planning 16

1.10 Summary 18

2 Generators 21

2.1 Introduction 21

2.2 Synchronous Generator 21

2.2.1 Permanent Magnet Materials 22

2.2.2 Permanent Magnet Generator 23

2.3 Induction Generator 28

2.3.1 Three-Phase IGs and SEIGs 29

2.3.2 Single-Phase IGs and SEIGs 30

2.4 Doubly Fed Induction Generator 31

2.4.1 Operation 31

2.4.2 Recent Work 33

2.5 Summary 34

3 Three-Phase IG Operating on a Single-Phase Power System 41

3.1 Introduction 41

3.2 Phase Balancing using Passive Circuit Elements 41

3.2.1 Analysis of IG with Phase Converters 41

3.2.2 Phase Balancing Schemes 43

3.2.3 Case Study 45

3.2.4 System Power Factor 47

3.2.5 Power and Efficiency 49

3.2.6 Operation with Fixed Phase Converters 50

3.2.7 Summary 51

3.3 Phase Balancing using the Smith Connection 52

3.3.1 Three-Phase IG with the Smith Connection 52

3.3.2 Performance Analysis 54

3.3.3 Balanced Operation 55

3.3.4 Case Study 58

3.3.5 Effect of Phase Balancing Capacitances 61

3.3.6 Dual-Mode Operation 65

3.3.7 Summary 66

3.4 Microcontroller-Based Multi-Mode Control of SMIG 67

3.4.1 Phase Voltage Consideration 67

3.4.2 Control System 67

3.4.3 Practical Implementation 71

3.4.4 Experimental Results 72

3.4.5 Summary 75

3.5 Phase Balancing using a Line Current Injection Method 77

3.5.1 Circuit Connection and Operating Principle 77

3.5.2 Performance Analysis 78

3.5.3 Balanced Operation 80

3.5.4 Case Study 82

3.5.5 Summary 91

4 Finite Element Analysis of Grid-Connected IG with the Steinmetz Connection 93

4.1 Introduction 93

4.2 Steinmetz Connection and Symmetrical Components Analysis 94

4.3 Machine Model 95

4.4 Finite Element Analysis 96

4.4.1 Basic Field Equations 96

4.4.2 Stator Circuit Equations 97

4.4.3 Stator EMFs 99

4.4.4 Rotor Circuit Model 99

4.4.5 Comments on the Proposed Method 102

4.5 Computational Aspects 103

4.6 Case Study 104

4.7 Summary 109

5 SEIGs for Autonomous Power Systems 111

5.1 Introduction 111

5.2 Three-Phase SEIG with the Steinmetz Connection 111

5.2.1 Circuit Connection and Analysis 111

5.2.2 Solution Technique 114

5.2.3 Capacitance Requirement 115

5.2.4 Computed and Experimental Results 117

5.2.5 Capacitance Requirement on Load 121

5.2.6 Summary 123

5.3 SEIG with Asymmetrically Connected Impedances and Excitation Capacitances 123

5.3.1 Circuit Model 124

5.3.2 Performance Analysis 124

5.3.3 Computed and Experimental Results 125

5.3.4 Modified Steinmetz Connection 126

5.3.5 Simplified Steinmetz Connection 133

5.3.6 Summary 135

5.4 Self-regulated SEIG for Single-Phase Loads 136

5.4.1 Circuit Connection and Analysis 136

5.4.2 Effect of Series Compensation Capacitance 138

5.4.3 Experimental Results and Discussion 143

5.4.4 Effect of Load Power Factor 147

5.4.5 Summary 149

5.5 SEIG with the Smith Connection 150

5.5.1 Circuit Connection and Operating Principle 150

5.5.2 Performance Analysis 151

5.5.3 Balanced Operation 152

5.5.4 Results and Discussion 153

5.5.5 Summary 159

6 Voltage and Frequency Control of SEIG with Slip-Ring Rotor 161

6.1 Introduction 161

6.2 Performance Analysis of SESRIG 162

6.3 Frequency and Voltage Control 165

6.4 Control with Variable Stator Load 166

6.5 Practical Implementation 168

6.5.1 Chopper-Controlled Rotor External Resistance 168

6.5.2 Closed-Loop Control 169

6.5.3 Tuning of PI Controller 170

6.5.4 Dynamic Response 170

6.6 Summary 173

7 PMSGs For Autonomous Power Systems 175

7.1 Introduction 175

7.2 Principle and Construction of PMSG with Inset Rotor 175

7.3 Analysis for Unity-Power-Factor Loads 177

7.3.1 Analysis Using the Two-Axis Model 177

7.3.2 Design Considerations 180

7.3.3 Computed Results 182

7.3.4 Experimental Results 183

7.3.5 Summary 184

7.4 A Comprehensive Analysis 185

7.4.1 Basic Equations and Analysis 185

7.4.2 Conditions for Zero Voltage Regulation 188

7.4.3 Extremum Points in the Load Characteristic 190

7.4.4 Power–Load Angle Relationship 191

7.4.5 The Saturated Two-Axis Model 192

7.4.6 Summary 194

7.5 Computation of Synchronous Reactances 194

7.5.1 Analysis Based on FEM 194

7.5.2 Computation of Xd and Xq 196

7.5.3 Computed Results 197

7.5.4 Summary 201

7.6 Analysis using Time-Stepping 2-D FEM 201

7.6.1 Machine Model and Assumptions 201

7.6.2 Coupled Circuit and Field Analysis 202

7.6.3 Magnetic Saturation Consideration 205

7.6.4 Computed Results 207

7.6.5 Experimental Verification 211

7.6.6 Summary 212

8 Conclusions 215

8.1 Accomplishments of the Book 215

8.2 Future Work 217

AppendixA Analysis for IG and SEIG 219

A.1 Symmetrical Components Equations for IG 219

A.2 Positive-Sequence and Negative-Sequence Circuits of IG 220

A.3 Vp and Vn for IG with Dual-Phase Converters 221

A.4 Derivation of Angular Relationship 223

A.5 Input Impedance of SEIG with the Steinmetz Connection 224

Appendix B The Method of Hooke and Jeeves 227

AppendixC A Note on the Finite Element Method [1] 229

C.1 Energy Functional and Discretization 229

C.2 Shape Functions 230

C.3 Functional Minimization and Global Assembly 233

Reference 234

AppendixD Technical Data of Experimental Machines 235

D.1 Machine IG1 235

D.2 Machine IG2 236

D.3 Prototype PMSG with Inset Rotor 236

Index 239

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Author Information

Loi Lei Lai graduated from Aston University in Birmingham with a BSc and a PhD. He was awarded a DSc by City University London. He is also an honrorary graduate of City University. In 1984, he was appointed Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire Polytechnic. From 1986 to 1987, he was a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellow to both GEC Alsthom Turbine Generators Ltd and the Engineering research Centre. He is currently Head of Energy Systems Group and Chair in Electrical Engineering at City University London. In the last decade, Professor Lai has authored/co-authored 200 technical publications. He has also written a book entitled Intelligent System Applications in Power Engineering - Evolutionary Programming and Neural Networks and, in 2001, edited the book Power System Restructuring and Deregulation - Trading, Performance and Information Technology, both published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. He was award the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and won the IEEE Power Engineering Society, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland (UKRI), chapter, Outstanding Engineer Award in 2003. In 1995, he received a high-quality paper prize from the International Association of Desalination, USA and in 2006 he was awarded a Prize paper by the IEEE Power Generation Committee. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology).

Among his professional activities, he is a Founder and was the Conference Chairman of the international Conference on Power Utility Deregulation, Restructuring man of the International Conference on Power Utility Deregulation, Restructuring and Power Technologies (DRPT) 2000, co-sponsored by the IEEE (now IET) and Power Technologies (DRPT) 2000, co-sponsored by the IEE (now IET) and IEEE. He reviews grant proposals regularly for the EPSRC, Australian Research Council and Hong Kong research Grant Council. In 2001, he was invited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers to be Chairman of an Accreditation Visit Team to accredit the BEng (Hons) degree in Electrical Engineering. Since 2005, Professor Lai has been invited as a judge for the Power/Energy Category in the IET Innovation in Engineering Awards. He was also Student Recruitment Office of the IEEE UKRI Section Executive Committee. He is a member of the Intelligent Systems Subcommittee in Power System Analysis, Computing and Economic Committee, IEEE Power Engineering Society; a Member of the Executive Team of the Power Trading and Control Technical and Professional Network, IET; an Editor of the IEE Proceedings - Generation, Distribution and Generation (now IET Generation, Distribution and Generation); an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems published by Elsevier Science Ltd, UK; International Advisor, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Transactions and an Editorial Board Member of the European Transactions on Electrical Power published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. He was a research Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University, is also Visiting professor at Southeast University Nanjing and Guest Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai. He has also been invited to deliver keynote addresses and plenary speeches to several major international conferences sponsored by the IET and IEEE.

Tze Fun Chan received his BSc (Eng) and MPhil degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 1974and 1980, respectively. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from City University London in 2005. Currently, Dr Chan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he has been since 1978. His research interests are self-excited AC generators, brushless AC generators and permanent magnet machines. In June 2006, he was awarded a Prize Paper by the IEEE Power Engineering Society Energy Development and Power Generation Committee.

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