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2015 International Conference on Smart Grid and Clean Energy Technologies

Small Signal Stability Analysis of Renewable Source Connected Power System and
Identification of Oscillatory Modes Using Wavelet Transform

S. Choudhary and F. B. Sharma

The Govt. Mahila Engineering College
Ajmer 305002, India

Abstract-This paper analyzes the impact of integration of solar Small signal stability is defmed as the ability of the system
PV and wind power generation on small signal stability of the to withstand the small changes around the operating point.
power system. Standard benchmark IEEE 09 bus system is used These changes may result in electromechanical oscillations,
for study. The impact has been analyzed by replacing the but most of them are damped out due to system damping.
conventional synchronous generator with solar photo-voltaic Oscillations are inherent in the system due to various factors
generation (SPVG) and doubly fed induction generator (DFIG)
like: generator rotor oscillations, power system configuration,
wind turbines separately. The effect of varying penetration level
frequency dependent loads etc. These oscillations are known
of solar and wind power is also investigated. Eigenvalue analysis
as low frequency oscillations (LFO) in literature. The LFO can
is used to compute the frequency and damping factor of
be divided into two modes as local area and inter-area.
oscillatory components that arise due to small disturbances. The
oscillatory modes are identified using discrete wavelet transform
In case, sufficient damping is not present, the LFO may
(DWT), a spectral analysis technique. Power spectral density and lead to catastrophic blackouts. Recent prominent examples are
th th
time frequency curves are used to extract hidden frequency Florida blackout on 26 Feb 2008 and USA blackout on 14
information from the signal. The different cases have simulated Aug 2003. The frequency of oscillations observed for both the
in MATLAB based PSAT, wavelet, and time frequency signal blackouts was 0.51 Hz and 0.17 Hz (Angammana 2006)
analysis toolboxes. respectively.
The risk of blackouts/failures can be reduced by
Keywords-small signal stability; solar photo-voltaic generator;
monitoring the power system in real time and identifying the
DFIG; discrete wavelet transform; time frequency analysis
commencement of poorly damped oscillations. Advanced
diagnosis tools based on WAMS can provide the awareness of
the power system in real time. The basic unit of WAMS is
Climate change is a widely discussed topic all across the PMU, which provides synchronized measurement at a
globe. Climate change has foremost impact on melting of sampling rate of 30 or even 120 samples/so PMUs located
snow, increase of global air and ocean temperatures, and rising strategically provide the coherent picture of interconnected
mean sea level. Thus, climate change has become a great power system in real time (Ree, Centeno, Thorp, and Phadke
environmental, social, and economic threat. Also, as a result of 2010).
conventional energy sources consumption and increasing The identification of low frequency oscillations from the
environmental concern, great efforts have been done to data obtained from PMUs in real time is currently a
produce electricity from renewable sources, such as wind challenging task. From the operator point of view, it is
energy sources and solar energy sources. Governments of
important to see the relevant information with minimum state
different countries have realized the importance of renewable
variables, though provides coherent picture of the system. The
energy sources and developing favorable policies and offering
solution of this problem is the spectral analysis based on
subsidies to expand the renewable energy market. It is
imperative that capacity utilization of renewable energy has wavelet transform.
increased many folds worldwide in last couple of years [1]. It As the different type of renewable energy penetration is
shows the annual growth rate of renewable energy capacity for increasing in grid, their impact on power system dynamics has
the year 2011, and compared it with cumulative five year to be analyzed. It should be ensured that integration of these
period 2007-2011. Solar photo-voltaic generation (SPVG) and renewable energy sources will not be detrimental to small
wind power have witnessed remarkable growth mainly due to signal stability. To the best of our knowledge, neither
price reduction, resulting from declining costs due to significant work have been done in this area, nor been
technology advancement, economic growth, and favorable documented. The author [4] has analyzed the power system
government policies. small signal stability with solar PV generation. The paper [5]
The integration of wind power with conventional power presented a mathematical model of grid-connected PV energy
system poses challenges for power system engineers due to its source suitable for stability study. The author [6] has identified
random and intennittent nature. This necessitates studying of the damaging as well as beneficial impacts of increased
the power system dynamics with wind penetration (Mendonca Doubly Fed Induction Generator (DFIG) penetration both for
and Lopes 2005). transient and small signal stability. The paper [7] addressed the

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use of wavelet transfonn for investigation of power system involved. The DC/AC converter changes the DC power into
low frequency electromechanical oscillations. required level of AC power and fed to grid. Inverter can be
In this paper, the system's small signal stability is analyzed represented by various transfer functions; however, first order
with the integration of solar PV and wind power, operating transfer function with unity steady state gain is considered in
under terminal voltage control by replacing the conventional this paper. Fig. 1 shows the block diagram of PV generator
synchronous generator of standard IEEE 09 bus system. converter in voltage control mode operation. In this model,
Further, the impact of varying penetration level of solar and current set points can be measured based on the desired active
wind power is investigated. Modal analysis is used to identify and reactive power, and current measurements of terminal
critical damping modes. Further, the critical frequency voltage in dq reference frame. The reactive power reference
components have been identified using a new mathematical value is obtained based on the set-point and actual voltage
tool discrete wavelet transform (DWT). Multi resolution DWT values, after passing through a Proportional Integral (PI)
is used to decompose the signal into many lower resolution controller.
components. Power spectral density and time frequency curves
are used to obtain the frequency components. All cases are
simulated in MATLAB-based Power System Analysis
Toolbox (PSAT) [8], which is used for power system analysis
and control. Spectral analysis of signal is perfonned using
wavelet toolbox [9], and time frequency signal analysis
toolbox [lO].
The remainder of paper is as follows. Section II deals with
modeling of SPVG and DFIG type wind turbines, and the
basic concepts of small signal stability. Section III deals with
Figure L Schematic diagram of PY generator converter [13].
the overview of monitoring system based on WAMS. Section
IV contains the basic concepts of WT and identification of low
frequency oscillations. Section V demonstrates the test system B. DFIG Modeling
and results of different simulated cases. Finally in section VI, The model of DFIG based wind turbine connected to ac
conclusions are provided.
network is shown in Fig. 2. It mainly comprises of wound
II. SYSTEM MODELING AND SMALL SIGNAL STABILITY rotor induction generator, ACIDC/AC converter, and control
circuit. The stator is directly connected to ac network. The
A. SP V G Modeling ACIDC/AC converter comprises of Voltage Source Converters
The typical arrangement of SPVG unit connected to grid (VSCs); the rotor-side converter (COlOr) and the grid-side
consists of PV array, DCIDC converter, DC/AC converter, converter (Cgnd). The converters use forced commutated
battery storage system, and control system. The output of PV Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) to obtain AC
array is connected to DC/DC converter to achieve maximum voltage from DC source. The three phase rotor winding is
power point tracking (MPPT). MPPT controls the voltage to connected to Cra/or by slip rings and brushes.
the desired value. MPPT values instantaneously obtained are
used for system stability studies, as static components are only

Figure 2. DFIG based wind turbine model [14]

As converter dynamics is very fast in comparison to (2)

electromechanical transients, the converter is modeled as
ideal current source. Rotor speed and voltage control uses where id" and iqr are d and q axis rotor currents, (})m is the
state variables iqr and idr respectively. The converter rotor speed, Xm is the mutual reactance, Xs is the stator self
reactance, Te is the electromagnetic torque, K" is the voltage

: (Xs Vxm
differential equations can be written as:
controller gain, V is the actual voltage, and Vref is the desired

+ 1
/ -
- - P *()
m / m
-/ -
r;, (1) voltage.
x m
II' 'II'

The actual rotor speed is governed in a manner such that OJ' ­
optimal wind energy P'�(OJm) is captured. Rotor speed j, =


control is effective for sub synchronous speeds only, as it is

Eigen value analysis can be used as a tool to obtain
assumed that p.� = 0 if OJm <0.5 pu and p.: = 1 if OJm >1 acceptable renewable energy penetration level before the
pu. Converter over current is avoided using anti-windup system loses its small signal stability. The impact of
limiters. Rotor current limits are calculated based on active integration of renewable energy sources can be studied with
and reactive power limits. The pitch angle control is effective increasing penetration level of real power from solar PV and
for super synchronous speeds only. Pitch angle sets to zero wind. The penetration level can be calculated as a function of
for sub synchronous speeds by anti- windup limiter. total renewable power generation (IPRc), over load demand
C. Small Signal Stability (IP[) [16]. Load demand considered here is the maximum
amount of load requirement of system.
Small signal stability is defined as the ability of the
system to withstand the small changes around the operating
point. These changes may result in electromechanical Penetration level (%) =
�PPRG X100 (11)
oscillations, but most of them are damped out due to system L. L
damping. It is the ability to return new stable operating point
after the occurrence of a disturbance that leads to an III. WAYELET TRANSFORM AND IDENTIFICATION OF
incremental change in one or more of the state variables of FREQUENCY OSCILLATIONS
the power system [15].
The WT is a new mathematical tool, which process the
The dynamics of power system is described as below:
data at various scales or resolutions, compressing or
dx stretching the mother wavelet, thereby provides multi­
I(x, A, p) (3)
- = u,
resolution analysis in both frequency and time. Wavelet
y = g(x, u, A, p) (4) algorithm performs efficient, precise and thorough spectral
analysis without loss of any hidden information; since it
1-- n fust order non-linear differential equations allows the use of short time intervals for high-frequency
u -- r input variables information and long time intervals for low frequency
g -- m non-linear algebraic equations information [17] The Continuous Wavelet Transform (CWT)
x -- n state variables
( t--a-b )
of a time domain signal f(t) can be written as:
y -- m output variables
A -- Uncontrolled parameter CWT(a, b) =
foo (J(t»)
-00 \Ii (12)
p -- Controllable parameter

(t : b)
The linearized model around an operating point is
required to study the system's response to small perturbation. 'I'(t): Mother wavelet function
Linearization is achieved by Taylor's series expansion of
\Ii : Daughter wavelet function
equation (3) and omitting the second and higher orders of the
partial derivatives of f to the state variables.
a: Dilatation or scale parameter
The linearized set of equations is as follows:
b: Translation parameter on time axis
-� Mx + Blm (5)
Calculating the wavelet coefficients at every possible
scale and translation takes lot of time and generate huge
f1y = Cru. + Df1u (6) amount of data, rather if the scales and translations are
discretized by any factor like; dyadic factor, it becomes fast
The matrices A, B, C and D contain the partial and reduces computational overhead. This is called DWT.
derivatives of functions I and g to the state variables x and This isolates the high and low frequency components of a
the input variables u. Matrix A is the system matrix, and signal using a couple of filters.
eigenvalues are given as follows: A square integrable signal fit) can be decomposed into
various time-frequency scales; can be represented by a linear
det (sI A) 0
- = (7) combination of two parameter wavelet functions:
The z-th eigenvalue is represented by 00 r:fJ 00

fJi =
(1, + jOJi (8) L aio (k)rp(t - k) + L L d/k)i2 '¥(2i t - k) (13)
k= - 00

A pair of complex eigenvalues is called an oscillatory

mode. The damping factor of oscillatory mode is written as: The wavelet functions �(t) and '¥( t) are localized in time.
Parameters k and j perform translation and time scaling of
(9) the original functions. The functions �(t) and '¥( t) are
normally selected in such a manner that the functions of (13)
form an orthogonal basis. The alk) and d;(k) terms are
The frequency of oscillation is given by

referred as approximation and detail coefficients respectively, Eigen value analysis is performed for base case. All
and given as follows: eigen- values lies in the left half of complex s plane. The

a(k) .j2S: qJCt) rp(2t - k)dt (14)

critical mode with lowest damping is associated with
generator 1 q-axis internal voltage e1q(Syn1) and exciter

.j2S: 'I'(t) rp(2t

control voltage Vi (Exc1). The oscillation frequency and
d(k) - k)dt (15) damping factor associated with critical mode are 1.4192 Hz
and 0.0185 respectively. The critical mode is required to be
They highlight hidden infonnation of the signal fit) captured and investigated for small signal stability analysis
because their associated functions have different time­ with wind and solar PV generation. Eigen values are
frequency scales. Multi resolution analysis is a practical obtained in case B and case C. The values of critical mode in
implementation of DWT, and can be implemented by a set of both the cases are illustrated in Table I. The damping of
consecutive filter banks. The signal is passed through a high critical mode is improved with both wind and solar PV
pass filter (HPF) and a low pass filter (LPF), then the outputs integration, however more damping improvement is
of both filters are decimated by 2 to obtain the detail and observed with solar PV. The effect of varying penetration
approximation coefficients at level 1 (A1 and D1). level of wind and solar PV is investigated on the damping of
Successive approximations being decomposed further, so critical oscillatory mode. Fig. 4 shows the impact of
that one signal can be divided into many lower resolution increased penetration of solar PV in case C on critical mode.
components till desired level. It shows the damping of critical mode improves with
The time domain signal is transformed into quadratic increased penetration level, with 60% penetration level
time-frequency distribution using bilinear transfonnations. In compared to case damping of critical mode increase from
this paper, wigner-ville distribution (WVD) is used to obtain 0.0185 to 0.0958.
time frequency curves. Power spectral density (PSD) and The impact of increased wind power penetration level in
time-frequency curves give the complete information about case B is investigated on the damping of critical mode, and is
the signal. shown in Fig. 5. This shows that as the wind power
penetration level increases, the damping factor of critical
IV. TE ST SYSTEM AND FINDINGS mode improves only up to 50% penetration. Further increase
The following four cases are investigated here: of penetration level has negative effect on damping.
Case A deals with standard benchmark IEEE 09 bus TABLE I. COMPARISON OF MOST ASSOCIATED STATES FOR WIND
system as shown in Fig. 3. It is used as base case. It consists AND SOLAR PV CONNECTED WITH IEEE 09 Bus SYSTEM
of three synchronous machines with IEEE type 2 exciters.
There are 03 loads in the system totaling 315 MW and 115 Most Eigenvalue Eigenvalue
MYAR, represented using constant PQ load. associated (Case A)
(Case B) (Case C)
Case B replaces the 100 MVA synchronous generator states
Jl=O"± jco
connected to bus 2 as in case A, by DFIG-based wind turbine Omega_syn_2
of corresponding size and operational limits, and functioning -0.IS64±j7.6324 -0.5 I56±jI 0.4 103
under tenninal voltage control.
Case C replaces the 100 MVA synchronous generator El'Lsyn_l
-0.4434±j 1.211 I -0.4763±jO.9945
connected to bus 2 as in case A, by solar PV generator of Vr2 exc 1
corresponding size and capacity, and operating under Omega_syn_l
terminal voltage control. 0 -0.0024±j I.S962
In all cases, renewable generators share the total loads of
the system.

Figure 4. Effect of solar PV penetration level on critical mode.

The impact of increased penetration level of combined

wind and solar power in case D on critical mode is shown in
Figure 3. IEEE 9-bus system [IS].

Fig. 6. It shows that both wind and solar PV generator
18 dl
exhibit the ahnost similar improvement in the damping of 16
critical mode. 14





0 005
0.5 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4.5
Frequency (Hz)

2 3 4

Figure 5. Impact of wind power penetration level on critical mode.

To identify the low frequency oscillations in case D, a

small perturbation (by increasing the small active power load
at bus 4) is applied. Oscillations are observed throughout the
system. Fig. 7 shows the voltage oscillations at bus 14. The
oscillatory modes frequency and damping factor are shown
in Table II. Multi resolution DWT is used to decompose the
voltage signal. The sampling frequency of voltage signal is 3.5 4.5
selected 10 Hz. We selected db4 wavelet to decompose the
signal into approximation and detail coefficients at five
levels. The frequency range of the decomposed signal in
different decomposition levels is shown in Table III. The
decomposed components are transformed into time
frequency distribution. The frequency domain analysis is
performed using PSD. Fig. 8 shows the PSD and time
frequency distribution curves of different details (d1 to d5)
and approximation (a5). The frequencies obtain through time
frequency curves are in matching with eigenvalue analysis.

0.12 ,-----
3.5 4.5

0.1 +------

� 0.08 +-----­
� 0.06 +-----­
� 0.04 +------

0.02 +-----==----

Base Case 95% Wind 95% Wind & 80% Wind & 60% Wind &
lO%Solar 2S%Solar 4S%Solar

Wind & Solar penetration level

Figure 6. Impact of combined wind and solar power on critical mode. 4.5





0.996 14


1 � ll l l

0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
3 -1 -4

Figure 7. Voltage oscillations at bus 14.


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