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International Journal of Emerging Electric Power Systems

Editor-in-Chief: Sidhu, Tarlochan

Ed. by Khaparde, S A / Rosolowski, Eugeniusz / Saha, Tapan K / Gao, Fei

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A Solid-State Fault Current Limiting Device for VSC-HVDC Systems

1Department of Electrical Engineering, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Bilbao Bizkaia 48012, Spain

Citation Information: International Journal of Emerging Electric Power Systems. Volume 14, Issue 5, Pages 375–384, ISSN (Online) 1553-779X, ISSN (Print) 2194-5756, DOI: 10.1515/ijeeps-2013-0017, August 2013

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Faults in the DC circuit constitute one of the main limitations of voltage source converter VSC-HVDC systems, as the high fault currents can damage seriously the converters. In this article, a new design for a fault current limiter (FCL) is proposed, which is capable of limiting the fault current as well as interrupting it, isolating the DC grid. The operation of the proposed FCL is analysed and verified with the most usual faults that can occur in overhead lines.

Keywords: distribution; fault current limiter; HVDC; voltage source converter

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