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ShortCircuit Calculations Considering ConverterControlled Generation Components
Si Chen, Torsten Lund, Martin Høgdahl Zamastil, Vladislav Akhmatov, Hans Abildgaard, Member, IEEE and Bjarne Christian Gellert
AbstractConverter connected units are to a large extent replacing conventional synchronous machines. Most grid codes require reactive current injection from convertercontrolled equipment in the power system during fault condition. At present, there is no standardized way of calculating the short circuit level in a system with a high penetration of power electronic converters. In this paper, three different methods (IEC60909, superposition and iterative) have been tested on a grid model of the West Danish power system, which has a high wind power penetration. The shortcircuit currents at the shortcircuit location calculated by means of these three methods show the results with a negligible difference based on the presentstage system model. However, this is because the convertercontrolled wind turbines (WTs) at present constitute 7% of the installed capacity in the model. It is foreseen that the total contributed shortcircuit current will be larger as the share of the convertercontrolled WTs increases. The result achieved using the iterative method is more reasonable because the gridvoltage support from the convertercontrolled WTs is represented in the iterative method but not in the IEC60909 or the superposition method.
Keywordsstatic
shortcircuit
calculations,
converter
controlled wind turbines, iterative method
I. INTRODUCTION
S TATIC shortcircuit calculations (SCCs) are a procedure commonly performed by Transmission System
Operators (TSOs) for network planning as well as operation purposes. In network planning, the studies primarily focus on the maximum shortcircuit current, which determines the capacity and rating of the electrical equipment, and the minimum shortcircuit current, which determines the settings of the protection devices. Also, the minimum short circuit power is used for assessing potential multiinfeed problems with Line Commutated Converter (LCC) HVDC systems. For operation purposes, static SCCs are used in situations where a fast assessment of the grid state is needed and full dynamic simulations cannot be performed. The IEC60909 method is generally accepted in Western Europe based on the synchronous machine dominated area [1]. This standardized method considers the fixed shortcircuit contribution from the convertercontrolled and converter interfaced units. With the increasing penetration of such convertercontrolled and converterinterfaced equipment, such as wind turbines and Voltage Source Converter (VSC) HVDC connections, there is an increased need for revising methods for SCC in order to account for the shortcircuit
S. Chen, T. Lund, M. H. Zamastil, V. Akhmatov, H. Abildgaard and B. C. Gellert are with Energinet.dk, Tonne Kjærsvej 65, DK7000 Fredericia, Denmark. Email: sic@energinet.dk, tld@energinet.dk, mhz@energinet.dk, vla@energinet.dk, hab@energinet.dk, bcg@energinet.dk.
contribution from such convertercontrolled and converter interfaced units. Denmark has a political goal of wind power covering 50% of the electric energy consumption by 2020. This means that a large part of the power supply from conventional thermal generation units with synchronous machines will be substituted by wind power units with converterinterfaced generators [2]. It also requires the convertercontrolled WTs to support the power system, e.g. during voltage dips. The shortcircuit contribution from such converterinterfaced units is voltagedip dependent and additionally restricted by the equipment's current rating [3], which cannot be disregarded any longer in system planning and operation. The development of the power system infrastructures will influence the methods and results of the (static) SCCs. TSOs also have an interest in the initial subtransient SCCs due to relevance for the protection settings and equipment design. In the synchronous machine dominated power system, the subtransient time period lasts for a few cycles after a shortcircuit fault has occurred. This is also a part of the time period considered as relevant in this paper. But it should be kept in mind that the interpretation and
definition of subtransient period and shortcircuit current contribution of the convertercontrolled units can be different from those of the conventional synchronous machines. This paper utilizes the Danish Grid Code for WTs [4] during abnormal operation conditions so to say symmetrical shortcircuit fault conditions for quantification of the fault current contribution. An alternative method for static SCCs combining the Grid Code requirement for the voltagedip dependent, reactive current injection and sufficient manufacturer's information for individual converter controlled equipment is proposed and applied in this paper. The proposed method is to be commonplace and strives to ensure sufficient accuracy for static SCCs without requiring manufacturerspecific, detailed information on control functions or equipment protection. Implementation of the proposed method will be illustrated using the DIgSILENT PowerFactory simulation program, which the Danish TSO, Energinet.dk, applies for system investigations. This paper is organized as follows: Section II. introduces the classical SCCs and the proposed methods; Section III. presents a test grid model to perform the three
methods; Section IV.
shows the results achieved from the
three methods and the interpretations of the differences. Section V. concludes the study.
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II. METHODOLOGY
A. Classical shortcircuit calculation methods
The SCCs are mainly carried out using two classical methods in the synchronous machines dominated power systems:
• 
Equivalent voltage source 
with correction 
factor 

(IEC60909) 

• 
Superposition method 
with 
predefined load 
flow 
solution 

The IEC60909 standard 
assumes unloaded network 
conditions, which do not require the specified, prefault operation condition. Hence, a loadflow solution for the network is not a prerequisite of this method for calculating
SCCs. The correction factor, cfactor, for the maximum
the
maximum operational voltage for network components and
is the nominal voltage. The cfactor for the minimum
. The different c
factors for the maximum and the minimum SCCs yield conservative results. The IEC60909 method takes the parameters of the worst case scenario for lines, transformers, synchronous machines and asynchronous machines into account. The convertercontrolled or converterinterfaced equipment is not included by default in the IEC60909 standard, but the standard prescribes the use of a reactance of 0.33 p.u. to calculate the initial symmetrical shortcircuit current Ik'' and the peak shortcircuit current ip [1]. Figure 1 shows a small example to illustrate the principles.
SCCs is defined as
SCCs is defined as
U
n
c
max
c
min
⋅U
⋅U
n
= U
m
, where
U
m
is
n
= 0.9⋅U
m
Figure 1 Small example network
The SCCs at Bus D using the IEC60909 method with an equivalent representation of the wind turbine is illustrated in Figure 2. The currents are calculated by shortening all sources and applying the negative prefault voltage and multiplying by a relevant cfactor at the fault location, Bus D. The current of the load is disregarded in the calculations. The superposition method in PowerFactory is known as the complete method. It is based on the linear calculation, but requires a prefault loadflow result. This method considers the impedances, power supply feeders and node loads of the active elements. It is a more accurate method which takes account of the difference in angle due to the loadflow solution. Because of the dependency of a load flow solution, the results are, however, more difficult and timeconsuming to obtain and reproduce than results obtained using the IEC60909 method in similar conditions.
Figure 2 Calculation of shortcircuit current using IEC 60909
Figure 3 illustrates the SCCs using the superposition method. Now, the initial load flow currents are added to the currents generated by the voltage source.
Figure 3 Calculation of shortcircuit current using the superposition method
With the complete method there is still no guarantee that the current contributed from the convertercontrolled equipments matches the real value. The accuracy can be improved by using an iterative method which numerically adjusts the internal impedance of the convertercontrolled equipment [5].
B. Iterative method The idea of the iterative method is to adjust the short circuit contributions from the convertercontrolled units to include the impact of voltage reinforcements on the voltage dip as required by the Grid Code. The shortcircuit current is obtained by iteratively adjusting the equivalent impedance of the convertercontrolled units until the current contribution and the residual terminal voltage match. According to the Danish practice, all the WTs built after 2004 remain connected during a shortcircuit fault and, according to the present Grid Code [4], support the system voltage by delivering a required amount of reactive current. The supply of the reactive current takes priority over the active current during the lowvoltage faultridethrough sequence. The magnitude of the reactive current injection as a function of the voltage dip is defined in the Grid Code [4]. In addition, the active current component must be constrained in accordance with the converter current rating, . The reactive current injection is normally limited to
the converter nominal current, i.e. 1.00 p.u. The converter
, will normally be between 1.15
maximum current,
1.2 p.u. of the nominal current. The characteristic of the required reactive current,
and
residual voltage, , is given by equation (1).
3
I
0
≤
u
≤
1
Q
=
I
2
−
2
Q ≤ 1
⋅
u
(1)
Then, based on the converter's maximum current,
I rated
the active current,
I
P
, can be calculated by equation (2).
,
I
P
=
(2)
Equation (2) implies that the Grid Code requirement for the active current injection in the shortcircuit situation is likely a manufacturerspecific value. This statement is illustrated in Figure 4.
u (point of connection) [p.u]
Figure 4 Active and reactive current versus residual terminal voltage of wind turbines with two different values for maximum converter current.
The Grid Code requirements can be transferred to the
The magnitude and angle of short circuit current versus residual voltage are shown in Table 1 with the maximum converter current as a parameter. Using Table 1, the magnitude and angle of the short circuit current vary until the terminal voltage of the converter remains above 70% at which point it is stabilized to the maximum converter current, , with a
corresponding angle when the terminal voltage of the converter drops below 70%. Since the shortcircuit fault occurs at transmission system level (HV), the fault will not necessarily lead to a significant voltage drop on the mediumvoltage (MV) terminals where the wind turbines are connected through their MV/LV transformers. Therefore, the differences in manufacturerspecific maximum current, e.g. in a range between 1.15 and 1.20 p.u., will not have a significant effect on the SCCs at the HV system level. This consideration contributes in providing the common, generic definition of the shortcircuit current contribution from converterinterfaced wind turbines.
TABLE 1 LOOKUP TABLE OF SHORTCIRCUIT CURRENT VERSUS RESIDUAL TERMINAL VOLTAGE
Residual voltage[pu] 
I rated = 1.15 
I rated = 1.2 

Magnitude 
Angle 
Magnitude 
Angle 

Isc[pu] 
ui[deg] 
Isc[pu] 
ui[deg] 

1 
1 
0 
1 
0 
0.9 
1.02 
11.31 
1.02 
11.31 
0.8 
1.08 
21.80 
1.08 
21.80 
0.7 
1.15 
31.45 
1.17 
30.96 
0.6 
1.15 
44.08 
1.2 
41.81 
0.5 
1.15 
60.41 
1.2 
56.44 
0.4 
1.15 
60.41 
1.2 
56.44 
0.3 
1.15 
60.41 
1.2 
56.44 
0.2 
1.15 
60.41 
1.2 
56.44 
0.1 
1.15 
60.41 
1.2 
56.44 
0.02 
1.15 
60.41 
1.2 
56.44 
The standardized representation of the converter controlled equipment in PowerFactory uses the static generator model. The static generator model applies a fixed subtransient impedance; a similar standardized
representation is found in other grid simulation programs. The shortcircuit current contribution from converter
controlled WTs required in the Grid Code [4] cannot be
achieved using such models and conventional SCC procedures. To obtain the required shortcircuit current, the subtransient impedance should be numerically adjusted according to the residual voltage at the converter point of connection. Due to the nonlinear relation between the subtransient impedance and the residual terminal voltage, an iterative method must be used.
C. Algorithms When a short circuit occurs in the transmission system, it will cause a voltage drop in the point of connection of a
wind power plant. The Danish Grid Code [4] specifies that a wind power plant must withstand a voltage drop down to 20% of the nominal voltage in the point of connection over a period of minimum 0.5 s without disconnection. The reactive current injection must follow the control characteristic shown in Figure 5 with a tolerance of ±20%
after 100 ms as specified in the current Grid Code.
However, the modern wind turbines can control the reactive
current according to the residual voltage on the terminal in a few milliseconds. It is therefore assumed that the converter controlled WTs inject the reactive current according to the residual voltage on the terminals immediately after the short circuit occurs. This is a conservative solution for obtaining the maximum shortcircuit current. The iterative procedure will obtain the appropriate values under such assumption. From the static SCCs perspective, this means that the subtransient shortcircuit current magnitude and angle
of a wind power plant must be calculated using the
actual terminal voltage at its point of connection. Using the static generator model as a wind power plant representation in PowerFactory, the static SCCs with the linear superposition method, i.e. the complete method, cannot produce the required and voltagedip dependent current injection. Thus, it is necessary that the SCCs be performed iteratively by adjusting the impedance magnitude and phase of the static generator model. In practice, this is implemented by adjusting the subtransient shortcircuit level
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S kss
and the R to X" ratio. Figure 6 shows the principle of
the adjustment applied.
Figure 5 Required reactive current contribution versus residual terminal voltage [4]
Figure 6 Calculation of shortcircuit current using iterative adjustment of the static generator impedance
The iterative algorithm begins with the static SCCs yielding the initial voltage dip at the measured terminals. This initial voltage dip is the largest one because the model does not inject the required reactive current value yet, hence this is the worstcase precondition. In the iterative algorithm, the reactive current injection is calculated according to the voltage dip from the prior iteration. Using Table 1, the calculation method and the target shortcircuit substation are assigned. The target shortcircuit substation is not necessarily the point of connection of the wind power plant. The first sequence of the iterative algorithm successfully ends when the magnitude of the subtransient
from each static
shortcircuit current contribution
When
the subtransient impedance magnitude is numerically adjusted, the may not exceed the numerical six times of
the initial nominal power to comply with the physical limitation of the converter rating. In order to produce the required reactive power injection, the phase angles of the shortcircuit currents will get the required values  this is due to the second sequence of the iterative algorithm. Figure 7 shows the flow chart of the iterative algorithm applied. The Danish TSO, Energinet.dk, has implemented the iterative algorithm described in PowerFactory using the DIgSILENT Programming Language (DPL). The outer loop must check that the results from all static generator models stay within the tolerance after each iteration. The iterations stop and the calculation results are delivered when all static generator models fulfil the shortcircuit current injection requirements and the tolerances or the limiting values of the
generator model is within a tolerance of 0.005 p.u
I kss
impedance magnitudes are reached.
Figure 7 Flow chart of the algorithm for SSCs
III. CALCULATION PRECONDITIONS
This paper focuses on the SCCs for the West Danish transmission system (DK1) model with its present share of convertercontrolled and converterinterfaced equipment:
• The present (2011) share of convertercontrolled WTs is 7% of the total installed capacity, according to Table 2.
• The large offshore Horns Rev II wind power farm has a capacity of 209 MW and converterinterfaced WTs.
TABLE 2 SHARE OF WIND ENERGY IN DK1
Total installed
capacity
WTs' total
installed capacity
Converter
interfaced WTs'
installed capacity
Capacity
[MW]
7,970
2,839
589
Percentag
e [%]
100%
36%
7%
In order to illustrate the iterative algorithm, the minimum SCCs, e.g. disregarding the contribution from the onshore wind turbines, will be performed. This will yield a conservative estimate of the shortcircuit contribution in the DK1 system. Inclusion of the converterinterfaced onshore wind turbines, together with all other relevant grid components, corresponds to the maximum SCCs. All relevant onverter controlled components are modelled using the static generator models. The complete method is applied for the SCCs, which requires a converged, prefault loadflow solution. The subtransient shortcircuit current is the superposition of the prefault current, e.g. that from the loadflow solution and the fault current. The pre fault operation scenario shown in Table 3 has been used to estimate the shortcircuit contribution. ´The highest short circuit power occurs when the synchronous machines are highly excited and power is exported out of the area.
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TABLE 3 PREFAULT LOAD FLOW CONDITION OF DK1 SYSTEM IN 2011 PRODUCING THE HIGHEST PREFAULT CURRENT
Summary 
P [MW] 
Generation(DK1) 
7,832 
Load(DK1) 
3,720 
Grid losses(DK1) 
221 
Exports to Sweden 
740 
Exports to Norway 
1,050 
Exports to Germany 
1,500 
Exports to East Denmark(DK2) 
600 
IV. SIMULATION RESULTS
The shortcircuit location is in the Tjele 400 kV substation. Since the Tjele substation is in the middle of the DK1 system, the fault causes a relatively wide range of significant voltage dips in the HV and MV systems. The fault impedance is set to zero, e.g. a bolted 3phase short circuit fault. The evaluation of the shortcircuit current contributions is given for the different methods. The methods compared are:
IEC60909 method using a voltage cfactor of 1.05 for the 400 kV level, corresponding to the maximum operational voltage of 420 kV; • Complete method with the loadflow yielding the highest prefault current; • The iterative method described above with implemented DPL script. With the methods utilizing the prefault loadflow solution of the system model, the scenarios with the highest prefault current through the system will also give the highest shortcircuit contribution in the fault location in comparison to other possible and realistic operation scenarios. In this context the influence of the excitation current on the synchronous machine is not considered. With the standard methods such as IEC60909, a prefault loadflow solution is not used and so specific operation scenarios are not relevant for the shortcircuit contribution. The highest shortcircuit contribution is expected for the grid scenarios with the largest number of generators and transmission system components in service. Figure 8 shows the maximum shortcircuit contribution in the Tjele 400 kV substation with contributions from the convertercontrolled WTs by the three different methods. The magnitude of the shortcircuit power is only shown for the Tjele area, i.e. in the vicinity of the fault location. The difference between the calculation methods applied gives an idea of the shortcircuit contribution resource, especially from the converter controlled WTs. In the calculations, the initial fixed staticgenerator impedance is 0.33 p.u. both for IEC60909 and for the complete method. In a conventional energy conversion system such as a synchronous generator, IEC60909 will lead to a more conservative, e.g. higher, value for the short circuit contribution because the method uses a specific voltage cfactor (greater than 1) for the shortcircuit location and a specific impedance correction factor for the short circuit current resource. The convertercontrolled WTs are represented by static generator models. IEC60909 will not result in a conservative estimate of the shortcircuit contribution from such units. In fact, the shortcircuit contribution estimated by IEC60909 can be lower than that
•
from a physical WT.
Tjele 400KV
Figure 8 Maximum short circuit powers in the Tjele 400 kV substation in the DK1 system computed using different methods
Compared to IEC60909, the complete method gives a more accurate result of the shortcircuit contribution from such convertercontrolled WTs. The iterative algorithm using the complete SCCs and the DPL script procedure described above yields an additional possibility of adjusting the subtransient impedance of the static generator models of convertercontrolled WTs. The impedance adjustment is performed to achieve the relation between the residual voltage and injected current at the wind turbine terminals. Hence, the result corresponds to the Grid Code requirements associated with the reactivecurrent versus voltagedip characteristics of such convertercontrolled WTs. Using the iterative method, the magnitude of the shortcircuit current becomes higher than if the complete method were used without iterations. The iterative method gives a more accurate result due to such additional impedance adjustments. The iterative method also produces the highest shortcircuit power, ie the most conservative result. The extra shortcircuit power contribution with the iterative method stems from the convertercontrolled WTs. In the DK1 system model, the decentralized onshore WTs are considered as aggregated models under the 150/60 kV substations and connected through the wind turbine step up transformers at the 690 V level. Normally, a bolted 3 phase shortcircuit on the HV (400 kV and 150 kV) substation will not result in a less than 20% residual voltage dip on the wind turbine terminals at the 690 V level. Figure 9 presents the voltage contour map of the 690 V aggregated substations of the convertercontrolled WTs, both for the complete method shown to the left and the iterative method shown on the righthand part of the map. When the iterative method is used, the wind turbines which are in the vicinity of the fault location increase their short circuit power contribution and thus the residual voltage due to detected lowvoltage operation conditions. The wind turbines, which are electrically far from the fault location, maintain the same shortcircuit power contribution because the residual voltages on their terminals are above the fault ridethrough activation level, e.g. higher than 90% of the nominal voltage. Thus, the iterative method detects the low voltage conditions and selectively activates the faultride through sequence comprising the reactivecurrent injection to support the voltage at the wind turbine terminals. This is also in agreement with the Grid Code requirement that the wind turbines remain connected and support the grid voltage in fault conditions.
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Figure 9 DK1 voltage contour map of all convertercontrolled WTs' 690V aggregated substations when comparing the complete and the iterative method.
Figure 10 Internal impedance changes by the iterative method for different converterconnected wind power plants.
Figure 10 shows internal impedance adjustments in some of the static generator models representing the (aggregated) convertercontrolled WTs. Such adjustments are present in the iterative method due to the detection of a voltage dip in the grid fault. For the four wind power plant locations, the iterative method has increased their shortcircuit current and power contributions by adjusting their internal model impedance.
V. CONCLUSIONS
The methods of static SCCs considering appropriate contributions from the convertercontrolled and converter interfaced equipment, such as the converterinterfaced WTs, have been discussed in this paper. Such convertercontrolled equipment will gain a significant share in present and future transmission systems, replacing conventional power plants based on synchronous generators. The conventional, standardized SCCs methods, for instance IEC60909, must be adapted for sufficient and accurate representations of such convertercontrolled equipment. The methods must be implemented in the commerciallyavailable simulation programs for power system investigations.
The shortcircuit current (and power) contribution of such convertercontrolled equipment differs from that of synchronous generators. The difference is due to the fact that the reactive current injection is specified and controlled according to the voltagedip value with a characteristic time in a range of tens of milliseconds. Some active current is injected as well. This control targeting the required reactive current injection introduces a nonlinear coupling between the subtransient impedance of the equipment model and the residual voltage at the equipment terminals. Due to this nonlinearity and a common assumption in the present simulation programs that the subtransient impedance is a fixed value for generator models, an iterative analysis associated with the complete method of static SCCs is proposed, implemented as a usermodel approach in the commerciallyavailable PowerFactory simulation program and evaluated by simulations. Using the recommendations and available resources of PowerFactory, the converter controlled units are modelled as static generators. The iterative method adjusts the impedance of the relevant static generator models in order to achieve the required current injection into the grid as a function of the voltage dip. The required current injection is tuned to meet the Grid Code for WTs, which makes the proposed algorithm general and independent from manufacturerspecific control and protection features. The proposed iterative method requires, however, modest modification of the existing simulation programs with the number of iterations and calculation time are kept within reasonable limits. Comparison of the methods applied have yielded an estimate as to how much additional shortcircuit power can be expected from the static generator models using the proposed iterative method. The results show that the iterative method predicts a more conservative result, e.g. a larger shortcircuit contribution and better gridvoltage support capability of the converterconnected equipment than the IEC60909 and complete method.
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