Restoration of Directional Overcurrent Relay Coordination in Distributed Generation Systems Utilizing Fault Current Limiter

Univ. of Western Ontario, London
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (Impact Factor: 1.73). 05/2008; 23(2):576 - 585. DOI: 10.1109/TPWRD.2008.915778
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A new approach is proposed to solve the directional overcurrent relay coordination problem, which arises from installing distributed generation (DG) in looped power delivery systems (PDS). This approach involves the implementation of a fault current limiter (FCL) to locally limit the DG fault current, and thus restore the original relay coordination. The proposed restoration approach is carried out without altering the original relay settings or disconnecting DGs from PDSs during fault. Therefore, it is applicable to both the current practice of disconnecting DGs from PDSs, and the emergent trend of keeping DGs in PDSs during fault. The process of selecting FCL impedance type (inductive or resistive) and its minimum value is illustrated. Three scenarios are discussed: no DG, the implementation of DG with FCL and without FCL. Various simulations are carried out for both single- and multi-DG existence, and different DG and fault locations. The obtained results are reported and discussed.

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    • "The time dial setting and pickup current setting are determined for each relay provided that certain coordination constraints are met [22]. For this purpose, a two-phase optimization model is mathematically formulated in (3)–(9) [20]. In Phase 1, the objective J given in (3) is minimized subject to the set of constraints given in (4)–(6). "
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    • "In the coordination problem of DOCRs, the main aim is to determine the TSM and plug setting (PS) of each relay, so that the OF is minimized, subjected to limits on problem variables and certain coordination constraints. The main OF that is already used in most of the literature is the total weighted sum of OTs of primary relays as follows [1] [2] [16]: "
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    • "Therefore, in this research, a novel method based on KF is proposed for fault location. Fault current limiters (FCLs) are another suitable alternative of the relays utilized in [10], which can quickly limit fault current after fault occurrence [17], [18]. Furthermore, protection relays result in perfect segregation of faulty sections from the network , while FCL can preserve the integrity of the network's sections . "
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