Design of power control system using SMES and SVC for fusion power plant

K. Niiyama, T. Yagai, M. Tsuda, T. Hamajima

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A SMES (Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage System) system with converter composed of self-commutated valve devices such as GTO and IGBT is available to control active and reactive power simultaneously. A SVC (Static Var Compensators) or STATCOM (Static Synchronous Compensator) is widely employed to reduce reactive power in power plants and substations. Owing to progress of power electronics technology using GTO and IGBT devices, power converters in the SMES system and the SVC can easily control power flow in few milliseconds. Moreover, since the valve devices for the SMES are equivalent to those for the SVC, the device cost must be reduced. In this paper the basic control system combined with the SMES and SVC is designed for large pulsed loads of a nuclear fusion power plant. This combined system largely expands the reactive power control region as well as the active one. The simulation results show that the combined system is effective and prospective for the nuclear fusion power plant.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012271
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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