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Increase of transmission line losses caused by higher harmonic components

evaluated by orthogonal decomposition of three-phase currents in the time domain


1
Miran Rošer, 2Gorazd Štumberger, 2Matej Toman, 2Drago Dolinar
1
Elektro Celje d.d.
Vrunčeva 2a, 3000 Celje, Slovenia
2
University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Smetanova 17, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
phone:+386 2 220 7075, fax:+386 2 220 7272, e-mail: Gorazd.Stumberger.@uni-mb.si

Abstract. This work analyses transmission line losses in a 35 additional losses can be evaluated by the norm or RMS
kV distribution network where currents and voltages contain value of the current vector component orthogonal to the
higher harmonic components. They are caused by a nonlinear voltage vector.
load – a rectifier with rated power of 4.7 MVA. In order to
evaluate increase of transmission line losses due to the current
higher harmonic components, the three-phase current vector is
decomposed into two orthogonal components. The first 2. Network with nonlinear load
orthogonal component of the three-phase current vector is
collinear with the three-phase line voltage vector, while the Figure 1 shows a part of discussed distribution network
second one is orthogonal to it. The first one contributes to the with a nonlinear load. Our observation focuses on the
active power while the second one does not. It causes additional losses in the 35 kV line, connecting 35 kV bus and
transmission line losses which could be avoided if the second nonlinear load.
orthogonal component of the three-phase current vector is
minimized. The RMS values of both orthogonal components of
the three-phase current vector are used to evaluate the SUBSTATION
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additional transmission line losses. 110/35 kV
BUS
35kV M2
L1 L2 L3
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Key words: transmission line losses, higher harmonic ~ M3
components, orthogonal decomposition, three-phase Y
SUPPLY
yn NONLINEAR
35 kV LINE LOAD
110kV
currents
M1 DV1

1. Introduction
Figure 1: Part of the distribution network with a nonlinear load
One of the very effective tools used for analysis of three-
phase currents and voltages [1]-[8] are orthogonal The line voltages and currents measured in 35 kV
decompositions of three-phase currents in time domain network in points M2 and M3, respectively, are shown in
[1]-[5], [8]. In this work, this tool is applied to analyze Figure 2, while their amplitude spectra are shown in
increase of transmission line losses in a 35 kV Figures 3 and 4.
distribution network where currents and voltages contain
higher harmonics. These higher harmonics are caused by
uL1 [kV],iL1 [A]

50 uL1
a nonlinear load – a rectifier with rated power of 4.7 0
iL1

MVA.
-50

The aforementioned three-phase line currents and 0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.09 0.1
uL2 [kV],iL2 [A]

voltages are given in the form of current vector and 50 uL2


voltage vector [8]. The current vector is decomposed into 0
iL2

two orthogonal components. The first one is collinear -50


with the voltage vector while the second one is
0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.09 0.1
orthogonal to it. Only the current vector component
uL3 [kV],i L3 [A]

collinear with the voltage vector contributes to the energy 50 uL3

transmission and to active power while the current vector 0


iL3

component orthogonal to the voltage vector causes -50


reciprocal energy exchange between source and load 0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.09 0.1
whose average value equals zero. Thus, the current vector t [s]
component orthogonal to the voltage causes additional
transmission line losses which can be avoided. These Figure 2: Line currents and voltages measured in a 35 kV
network
calculated by (4), while (5) introduces the equivalent
30
UL1
conductivity of the three-phase system Ge(t):
25 UL2
UL3
t
1
u T (τ ) i (τ ) dτ
T t ∫-T
20
P(t ) = (4)
[kV]

15
35kV
u

10
P(t )
Ge (t ) = (5)
U 2 (t )
5

0
0 5 10 15 harmonik 20 25
Figure 3: Amplitude spectra of line voltages on 35 kV level
Two orthogonal components of the current vector i(t),
60 marked with iu(t) and iuo(t), are introduced in (6) and (7).
I L1
P(t )
i u ( t ) = Ge (t )u ( t ) = 2 u ( t )
I L2
50
I L3 (6)
40 U (t )
i uo ( t ) = i ( t ) − i u ( t )
i35kV[A]

30 (7)
20

10 The first one is collinear with the voltage vector and is


0
0 5 10 15 harmonik 20 25
indispensable for energy transmission and active power
Figure 4: Amplitude spectra of line currents on 35 kV level generation. The second one is orthogonal to the current
vector. It is responsible for reciprocal energy exchange
The RMS values of individual line currents and voltages between source and load. The average value of this
are shown in Table I together with active power reciprocal energy exchange equals zero.
measured in individual lines.
If the voltage vector u(t) is given, the current vector i(t)
TABLE I: The RMS values of measured line currents and and its orthogonal components iu(t) and iuo(t) produce,
voltages and active power together with the voltage vector, instantaneous powers
p(t), ps(t) and pq(t) (8).
Line L1 Line L2 Line L3
Current [A] 36.64 36.48 37.23
Voltage [kV] 20.69 20.80 20.75 ps ( t ) = u T ( t ) i ( t )
Active Power [kW] 742 749 751 p ( t ) = uT ( t ) iu ( t ) (8)
pq ( t ) = u T
( t ) i uo ( t )
3. Orthogonal decomposition
The instantaneous power losses in the discussed 35 kV
Orthogonal decomposition in the time domain [8] is line caused by the current vectors i(t), iu(t) and iuo(t) are
performed in order to decompose currents measured at 35 denoted as psi(t), pi(t) and pqi(t), respectively. They are
kV level into two orthogonal components. To allow for introduced in (9) to (11):
orthogonal decomposition, current and voltage vectors,
i(t) and u(t), are introduced by (1): psi ( t ) = R i T ( t ) i ( t ) (9)
pi ( t ) = R i (t ) iu (t )
T
(10)
⎡iL1 ( t ) ⎤ ⎡uL1 ( t ) ⎤
u

⎢ ⎥ ⎢ ⎥ pqi ( t ) = R i ( t ) i uo ( t )
T
(11)
i ( t ) = ⎢iL 2 ( t ) ⎥ , u ( t ) = ⎢uL 2 ( t ) ⎥ ,
uo
(1)
⎢i t ⎥ ⎢u t ⎥
⎣ L3 ( ) ⎦ ⎣ L3 ( ) ⎦ where R is the resistance of the 35 kV line. Integrals of
instantaneous powers (9) to (11) represent corresponding
where iL1(t), iL2(t), iL3(t) and uL1(t), uL2(t), uL3(t) denote energy losses in time interval [t-T, t]. These losses are
measured line currents and voltages. The norms or RMS calculated by (12) to (14).
values of both vectors, I(t) and U(t), are given by (2) and
(3): t t
Wsi = ∫ psi (τ ) dτ = ∫ R i T (τ ) i (τ ) dτ (12)
t −T t −T
t
1 L3
I (t ) =
T t −∫T
i T (τ ) i (τ ) dτ = ∑I 2
k (2) t t

∫ pi (τ ) dτ = ∫ R i (τ ) i (τ ) dτ
k = L1
Wi = T
u u (13)
t −T t −T
t
1 L3
U (t ) =
T t −∫T
u T (τ ) u (τ ) dτ = ∑U 2
(3) t t
pqi (τ ) dτ = ∫ R i (τ ) i (τ ) dτ
k
Wqi = ∫
T
k = L1
uo uo (14)
t −T t −T

where the time interval of interest is given as [t-T, t]


while Uk and Ik denote RMS values of individual line The average power losses in the given time interval, are
currents and voltages. The average active power P(t) is calculated by (15) to (17).
t
1
iT (τ ) i (τ ) dτ
T t −∫T
Psi = R (15) The transmission line instantaneous power losses, given
by expressions (9) to (11), are shown in Figure 7 together
with their integrals (12), (13) and (14).
t
1
iTu (τ ) i u (τ ) dτ
T t −∫T
Pi = R (16)
2000
psi
t
1 1500 pi

psi, pi, pqi [W]


Pqi = R ∫ iTuo (τ ) i uo (τ ) dτ (17) pqi
T t −T 1000

500

where the power losses Psi are caused by the current 0


vector i(t), the power losses Pi are caused by the current 0 0.002 0.004 0.006 0.008 0.01 0.012 0.014 0.016 0.018 0.02

vector iu(t), while the power losses Pqi are caused by the
10
current vector iuo(t). Only the power losses Pi are wsi
8
unavoidable. They are caused by the current vector iu(t)

wsi , wi, wqi [J]


wi

which is indispensable for energy transmission. The 6 w


qi

current vector iuo(t) does not contribute to the transmitted 4

energy, therefore, losses caused by this current vector 2

represent additional losses which can be avoided. 0


0 0.002 0.004 0.006 0.008 0.01 0.012 0.014 0.016 0.018 0.02
t [s]
Figure 6: Power and energy losses in 35 kV transmission line
4. Results
The energy losses (12) to (14) were used to calculate
The results presented in this section are given for currents average power losses Psi, Pi and Pqi, which can be
and voltages presented in Figure 2, section 2. calculated also by (15) to (17). The obtained results are
Components of vectors u(t), i(t), iu(t) and iuo(t) are shown shown in Table II.
in Figure 5. They were determined by (1) to (7).
Components of the voltage vector u(t) are line voltages TABLE II: Power losses
uL1, uL2, uL3, while the line currents iL1, iL2, iL3 are
components of the current vector i(t). Components of the Psi [W] Pi [W] Pqi [W]
current vectors iu(t) and iuo(t) in individual lines are iL1u, 1371.4 1250.7 120.7
iL2u, iL3u and iL1uo, iL2uo, iL3uo.
A similar ratio between individual losses, as it is show in
Table II for one period of fundamental, was confirmed by
x 10
4 measurement performed for one day. In order to evaluate
monthly loss of energy due to the current vectors i(t), iu(t)
uL1, uL2, uL3 [V]

2
and iuo(t), an average daily energy transmission was
0
analyzed for a period of one month. Considering ratio
-2
between individual power losses given in Table II and
0 0.002 0.004 0.006 0.008 0.01 0.012 0.014 0.016 0.018
measured average daily transmission of energy in the
discussed 35 kV line, transmission line losses were
iL1, iL2, iL3 [A]

50

0
evaluated.
-50
Figure 7 shows the average daily transmission line losses,
0 0.002 0.004 0.006 0.008 0.01 0.012 0.014 0.016 0.018
due to the current vectors i(t), iu(t) and iuo(t). The daily
iL1u, iL2u, iL3u [A]

50 losses caused by i(t) are marked as Wsid, the daily losses


0 caused by iu(t) are denoted as Wid while Wqid represents
-50
losses due to the current vector iuo(t).
0 0.002 0.004 0.006 0.008 0.01 0.012 0.014 0.016 0.018
iL1uo, iL2uo, iL3uo [A]

50 1.6

1.4
0
Wloss [MWh]

1.2
-50
1
0 0.002 0.004 0.006 0.008 0.01 0.012 0.014 0.016 0.018
0.8
t [s] W sid

Figure 5: Components of vectors u(t), i(t), iu(t) in iuo(t) 0.6 W


id
W qid
0.4

0.2

The results presented in Figure 5 show that components 0


0 5 10 15 20 25 30
Day in month
of the current vector iu(t) in individual lines (iL1u, iL2u,
iL3u) are collinear with the corresponding voltage vector
Figure 7: Daily energy losses in 35 kV transmission line
components uL1, uL2, and uL3 .
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