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Energies 2013, 6(3), 1527-1553; doi:10.3390/en6031527

Analysis and Performance Comparison of Different Power Conditioning Systems for SMES-Based Energy Systems in Wind Turbines

Department of Electronics, University of Alcala, Carretera Madrid-Barcelona km. 33.600, 28801 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
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Received: 20 November 2012 / Revised: 19 February 2013 / Accepted: 1 March 2013 / Published: 6 March 2013

Abstract

Suitability of energy systems based on Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) has been widely tested in the field of wind energy, being able to supply power in cases such as low wind speeds or voltage dips, and to store energy when there are surpluses. This article analyzes and compares the performance of three SMES-based systems that differ in the topology of power converter: a two-level Voltage Source Converter (VSC), a three-level VSC and a two-level Current Source Converter (CSC). Their performance has been improved by means of an appropriate modulation strategy. To obtain a high reliability and accuracy, a co-simulation between MATLAB/Simulink® (running the control system) and PSIM® (running the power system) has been executed. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy storage; superconducting magnetic energy storage; voltage source converter; current source converter energy storage; superconducting magnetic energy storage; voltage source converter; current source converter
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Rodríguez, A.; Huerta, F.; Bueno, E.J.; Rodríguez, F.J. Analysis and Performance Comparison of Different Power Conditioning Systems for SMES-Based Energy Systems in Wind Turbines. Energies 2013, 6, 1527-1553.

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