This presentation presents a research on static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) integration into a doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) based wind park (WP) in order to fulfill the grid code requirement for power factor control. The STATCOM impact on the WP high voltage ride-through (HVRT) capability is also analysed.
The WP HVRT capability is assessed by analyzing the responses to a parametric voltage waveform. The external system is represented by a Thevenin equivalent. The pre-described voltage waveforms are applied to the Thevenin source in order to assess the conformity of the HVRT capability to Hydro-Quebec specifications. An actual WP is considered where the simulation model includes all details regarding collector grid and overvoltage protection. The simulations consider various wind turbine (WT) and medium voltage (MV) feeder outage scenarios as well as STATCOM usage for reactive power compensation. A transient function is also proposed for the STATCOM to improve the WP HVRT capability. The simulation results demonstrate that, STATCOM usage provides a noticeable improvement in HVRT capability of the WP, especially with the proposed transient function.