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Tasks sequence identified

1. power system islanding 2. intentional & unintentional islanding 3. effects of islanding 4. islanding detection ( active & passive techniques ) 5. merits 6. demerits

What is islanding ?
Islanding Condition where a portion of grid is continuously energized by DGs (distributed generators) even after that portion is electrically separated from rest of the power system

Islanding refers to the condition in which a distributed generation (DG) continues to power a location even though electrical grid power from the electric utility is no longer present. Islanding can be dangerous to utility workers, who may not realize that a circuit is still powered, and it may prevent automatic re-connection of devices. For that reason, distributed generators must detect islanding and immediately stop producing power; this is referred to as anti-islanding.

Intentional islanding for maintenance purpose Non- Intentional islanding occurs due to faults

Islanding consequences
Safety hazard for utility repair personnel and public Serious damage to DG equipments after utility restoration due to variation in freq, phase & magnitude (mismatch or loss of synchronism) Quality of power delivered by DGs decreases Delay in utility power restoration

Islanding detection
Islanding detection plays a vital role in todays power distribution system & several techniques have been developed
Islanding detection techniques



Passive technique
- Due to islanding variation in VMF (voltage magnitude & freq.) - Measuring VMF at interconnection point of DG serves detection . HOW ? - Measuring system parameters - Use of voltage & frequency relays Demerit : NDZ (non detection zones ) islanding occurs & is not noticed ---- this may be bcoz of PBLG state (power balanced load generation) where a DGs output matches the load demand ---- hence no variation in VMF

Active technique
Here DGs interface is tuned
islanding detection when islanded, inverter is tuned operate @ freq. other than nominal freq. (set/tuned by using converter-inverter set) When Utility signal is present inverter is forced (by +ve feedback signal) to operate @ nominal freq. As islanding occurs inverter drifts to natural (tuned) freq. internal freq. relay trips ( set for deviation from nominal) islanding is detected

Merits & demerits

Merits : - Reduces power transmission cost & losses - Improves Reliability Demerits : - Safety threat to operating personel - Devices get damaged due to poor power quality - DG also may be damaged - When large loads are disconnected from the main grid, DG must adjusted system frequency and voltage to the appropriate levels quickly - Fault ride through issues .



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by Timothy N.Thacker


Islanding detection in power electronic converter based distributed generation