Modular and Scalable FACTS Systems for Improving Stability in Distribution and Transmission Networks, Using the Example of a STATCOM System in an Offshore Distribution Network

Tobias Funk, René Rund, Thomas Röseler and Tomaz Pfeifer




This article addresses the challenges faced by safe operation of offshore distribution networks supplied from the land, taking into consideration long sea cable connections, variations in supply and feed-in scenarios, and non-linear equipment characteristics. Delivering a suitable topology and variable control parameters, STATCOM systems make a significant contribution to the stable supply of offshore consumers in applications like these, with technical connection conditions taken into account. Using the design process as an example, this article presents various methods for designing and proving the stable operating behaviour of modular and scalable STATCOM systems.

Published in: Renewable Energy & Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ, Nº. 15)
Pages: 281-286 Date of Publication: 2017/04/25
ISSN: 2172-038X Date of Current Version:
REF: 293-17 Issue Date: April 2017
DOI:10.24084/repqj15.293 Publisher: EA4EPQ

Authors and affiliations

Tobias Funk(1), René Rund(1), Thomas Röseler(1) and Tomaz Pfeifer(2)
1. Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH Power Quality. Erfurt (Germany)
2. Reinhausen 2e d.o.o.Technoloski park, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Key word

FACTS, STATCOM, Offshore Networks, Voltage Regulation, RTDS


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