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Energies 2010, 3(6), 1303-1319; doi:10.3390/en3061303

Review of DC System Technologies for Large Scale Integration of Wind Energy Systems with Electricity Grids

School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney, 2006, NSW, Australia
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Received: 13 May 2010 / Accepted: 12 June 2010 / Published: 22 June 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wind Energy)
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Abstract

The ever increasing development and availability of power electronic systems is the underpinning technology that enables large scale integration of wind generation plants with the electricity grid. As the size and power capacity of the wind turbine continues to increase, so is the need to place these significantly large structures at off-shore locations. DC grids and associated power transmission technologies provide opportunities for cost reduction and electricity grid impact minimization as the bulk power is concentrated at single point of entry. As a result, planning, optimization and impact can be studied and carefully controlled minimizing the risk of the investment as well as power system stability issues. This paper discusses the key technologies associated with DC grids for offshore wind farm applications.
Keywords: wind energy; wind turbine; wind farm layout; High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power transmission; circuit breakers; DC cable; interconnection requirement; regulation wind energy; wind turbine; wind farm layout; High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power transmission; circuit breakers; DC cable; interconnection requirement; regulation
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Shao, S.J.; Agelidis, V.G. Review of DC System Technologies for Large Scale Integration of Wind Energy Systems with Electricity Grids. Energies 2010, 3, 1303-1319.

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