A transient voltage based DC fault line protection scheme for MMC based DC grid embedding DC breakers

Xiang, Wang and Zhan, Junjie and Xu, Lie and Yang, Saizhao and Lin, Weixing and Wen, Jinyu (2018) A transient voltage based DC fault line protection scheme for MMC based DC grid embedding DC breakers. IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0885-8977

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    Abstract

    Fast and reliable DC fault detection is one of the main challenges for modular multilevel converter (MMC) based DC grid with DC circuit breakers (DCCBs). This paper extracts the high frequency components of transient voltages by wavelet transform and proposes a fault identification method based on the difference of transient voltages to identify the faulted lines for DC grids using overhead lines. Meanwhile, a faulted pole discrimination method based on the difference between the change of positive and negative pole voltages is presented. A line protection scheme including detection activation, fault identification, faulted pole discrimination and post-fault re-closing is designed. Using only the local measurements, the scheme can realize the protection of the whole line without communication and has the capability of fault resistance endurance and anti-disturbance. The proposed method is tested with a four-terminal MMC based DC grid in PSCAD/EMTDC. The selection methods of threshold values are presented and the impact of DCCB operation on the reliability of DC fault protection is analysed. Simulation results verify the fast detection and reliability of the designed DC line protection scheme.