Providing fault ride-through capability of turbo-expander in a thermal power plant

Mohammadali Norouzi, Matti Lehtonen*

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This paper aims to make possible the operation of a turbo-expander (TE) as a renewable resource at the Neka power plant in fault condition in the auxiliary service system (ASS), which is considered one of the fundamental problems in network operation. In this paper, the effect of the failure on the performance of the TE is analyzed whilst the performance of a dynamic voltage restorer (DVR) and static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) to compensate the fault in the ASS network is investigated. To improve the performance of DVR, a novel topology is developed; additionally, the compensatory strategies are assessed, simulated, and validated. In order to optimize the performance of the compensators, their possible presence situations on the ASS in various scenarios under the conditions of severe disturbance, synchronization of fault conditions, and starting of TE are tested. The results of PSCAD/EMTDC software simulation demonstrate that by applying the improved topology and selected compensation strategy of DVR, severe voltage sags are compensated, and the fault ride-through (FRT) capability for the TE is provided. Eventually, it is evident that the proposed solution is technically and economically feasible and the TE can supply the total ASS power consumption in all disturbances.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4113
Number of pages19
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Auxiliary service system (ASS)
  • Dynamic voltage restorer (DVR)
  • Fault ride-through capability
  • Static synchronous compensator (STATCOM)
  • Turbo-expander

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