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P. Venkata Kishore, Research Scholar, Satyabhama University, Chennai, India. Dr. S. Rama Reddy, Professor, Jerusalem College of Engineering, Chennai, India.

ABSTRACT:- This work deals with modeling and simulation of multi bus system using D-STATCOM. Voltage sag is increased by connecting a heavy load. The sag is mitigated using D-STATCOM. The circuit models and simulation results are presented. The Simulation results are compared with the analytical results.

Keywords- Distribution Static Synchronous Compensator (D-STATCOM)


In Electrical Power distribution networks, it is essential to balance the supply and demand of active and reactive power in an electric power system. If the balance is lost, the system frequency and voltage excursion may occur resulting, in the worst case, in the collapse of the power system. Appropriate voltage and reactive power control is one of the most important factors for stable power system. The distribution system losses and various power quality problems are increasing due to reactive power. Nowadays electrical power transmission and distribution system face increasing demand for more power, better quality with higher reliability at a lower cost as well as low environmental impact. Present developing countries applying versatile voltage regulation and system stabilization measure, in order to utilize more effectively the latent capacity in existing transmission networks in preference to committing larger resources to new overhead lines and substations.

The main application of power electronics in new configuration known as Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) offers the possibility of meeting such demands. In order to increase the power transfer capability normally FACTS devices are employed [1]. Among all the FACTS devices,

The STATCOM has the higher potential to be exceptionally reliable with the added capacity to sustain reactive current at low, reduce land use and increased relocatability and be developed as a voltage and frequency support.

The STATCOM is applied to regulate transmission voltage to allow greater power flow in a voltage limited transmission network, in the same manner as a static var compensator (SVC), the STATCOM has further potential by giving an inherently faster response and greater output to a system with depressed voltage and offers improved quality of supply. The main applications of the STATCOM are; Distribution STATCOM (D-STATCOM) exhibits high speed control of reactive power to provide voltage stabilization and other type of system control. The D-STATCOM protects the utility transmission or distribution system from voltage sag and /or flicker caused by rapidly varying reactive current demand. During the transient conditions the D-STATCOM provides leading or lagging reactive power to active system stability, power factor correction and load balancing and /or harmonic compensation of a particular load [2, 3].


The D-STATCOM is a three phase and shunt connected power electronics based reactive power compensation equipment, which generates and /or absorbs the reactive power whose output can be varied so as to maintain control of specific parameters of the electric power system.


However a secondary damping function can be added in to the D-STATCOM for enhancing power system oscillation stability. The D-STATCOM provides operating characteristics similar to a rotating Synchronous compensator without the mechanical inertia. The D-STATCOM employs solid state power switching devices and provides rapid controllability of the three phase voltages, both in magnitude and phase angle.

The D-STATCOM employs an inverter to convert the DC link voltage Vdc on the capacitor to a voltage

source of adjustable magnitude and phase. Therefore the D-STATCOM can be treated as a voltage controlled source. The D-STATCOM can also be seen as a current controlled source.

The basic objective of a VSI is to produce a sinusoidal AC voltage with minimal harmonic distortion from a DC voltage. The operation of the D-STATCOM is as follows: The voltage is compared with the AC bus voltage system (Vs). When the AC bus voltage magnitude is above that of the VSI magnitude (Vc); the AC system sees the

D-STATCOM as inductance connected to its terminals. Otherwise if the VSI voltage magnitude is above that of the AC bus voltage magnitude, the AC system sees the D-STATCOM as capacitance to its terminals. If the voltage magnitudes are equal, the reactive power exchange is zero.

If the D-STATCOM has a DC source or energy storage device on its DC side, it can supply real power to the power system. This can be achieved by adjusting the phase angle of the D-STATCOM terminals and the phase angle of the AC power system. When phase angle of the AC power system leads the VSI phase angle, the D-STATCOM absorbs the real power from the AC system, if the phase angle of the AC power system lags the VSI phase angle, the D-STATCOM supplies real power to AC system.

The real and reactive powers in D-STATCOM are given by the following equations 1 and 2. P12 = (V1 V2 / X12) Sin (δ1-δ2) --- (1)

Q12 = (V2/ X) (V1- V2) --- (2)

System Bus VAC


Fig. 2a Equivalent circuit

Mode Waveform


The Voltage Source Converter or Inverter (VSC or VSI) is the building block of a D-STATCOM and other FACTS devices. A very simple inverter produces a square voltage waveform as it switches the direct voltage source on and off. The basic objective of a VSI is to produce a sinusoidal AC voltage with minimal harmonic distortion from a DC voltage.

In the last decade commercial availability of Gate Turn off thyristor (GTO) devices with high power handling capability, and the advancement of other types of power semiconductor devices such as IGBT’s have led to the development of controllable reactive power sources utilizing electronic switching converter technology. These

technologies additionally offer considerable advantage over the existing ones in terms of space reduction and performance. The GTO thyristor enable the design of solid-state shunt reactive compensation equipment based upon

switching converter technology [4]. This concept was used to create a flexible shunt reactive compensation device named Distribution Static Synchronous Compensator (D-STATCOM) due to similar operating characteristics to that of a synchronous compensator but without the mechanical inertia. Single-line diagram of D-STATCOM is shown in

Fig.2b Typical control circuit of the D-STATCOM.

The three-phase load currents to be compensated (iLa, iLb, and iLc shown in the Figure 2b) are measured from the system and transformed to two phase orthogonal components (ip and iq) on rotating coordinates synchronized with the line voltage. The outputs of the filter circuit are inversely transformed to three-phase components (isa, isb, and isc shown in Figure 2b). The output current of the D-STATCOMis controlled by three-phase current feedback control using isa, isb, and isc as reference signals for each three-phase. The output signal of the current control added by a sensed system voltage signal becomes the voltage reference signal of the PWM control. The PWM control circuit generates the firing signal of the GTO by comparing triangular wave carrier signals to the voltage reference signal.


Power Quality improvement using a STATCOM controller: Modeling and Simulation is presented by R. Mienski [7], Modeling

of a D-STATCOM with ultra-capacitor energy storage for power distribution system application is given by M.G. Molina [8], Power Quality problem solution is presented by [9], [10] & [11], Construction of prototype D-STSTCOM for voltage sag mitigation is presented by Hendri Masdi [12], Control strategies for distribution static compensator for Power Quality improvement is presented by Deepika Masand [13], Simulation of D-STATCOM and DVR in Power System is given by S.V. ravi Kumar [14], Control Design and simulation of D-STATCOM with energy storage for Power Quality improvement is presented by M.G. Molina[15], Novel controllers for the 48-Pulse VSC STATCOM and SSSC for voltage regulation and reactive power compensation is presented by M.S.EI Moursi [16].

The above literature does not deal with simulation of eight bus system using SIMULINK. This work deals with modeling and simulation of eight bus system using D-STATCOM. The present work uses a D-STATCOM model as shown in Fig4.a.


For simulation studies, the eight bus system is considered. The circuit model of eight bus system is shown in Fig 3a. Each line is represented by series impedance model. The shunt capacitance of the line is neglected. By closing the breaker in series with the load an additional load is added in parallel with load-1. Scopes are connected to display the voltages across the two loads. At t = 0.2sec, additional load is connected. Voltage across the load-1 decreases, this fall in voltage is due to the increased voltage drop. The active and reactive power across load-1 is as shown in Fig 3b.

The D-STATCOM is added with eight bus system is shown in Fig.4a. The D-STATCOM is connected in the line between buses 4 and 8. The D-STATCOM Model is shown in Fig4b. The active and reactive power in the load-1, voltages across D-STATCOM are shown in Fig.4c. It can be seen that the voltage across load-1 decreases and resumes to the rated value due to the injection of voltage by the D-STATCOM. Thus the D-STATCOM is able to mitigate the voltage sag produced by the additional load. Power quality is improved since the voltage reaches normal value.


Fig.4a Model of 8-bus system with D-STATCOM


Fig.4c Voltage, Real &Reactive Power across load-1


Eight bus system is modeled and simulated using MATLAB SIMULINK and the results are presented. The simulation results of eight bus system with and without STATCOM are presented. The sag is reduced by using D-STATCOM. This system has reduced reliability and improved power quality. The simulation results are in line with the predictions. The hardware implementation is beyond the scope of this paper. The hardware may be implemented using Atmel microcontroller.


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Mr. P. Venkata Kishore has obtained his B. Tech degree from S.V. University India, in 1998 and M. Tech degree From S. V. University India, in 2003. He has 12 years of teaching experience. He is presently a research scholar at Satyabhama University, Chennai, India. He is working in the area of D-STATCOM.


Fig. 3a Model of 8-bus system without D-STATCOM
Fig. 3a Model of 8-bus system without D-STATCOM p.5