Self-Commutating Converters for High Power Applications

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Wiley, Jan 12, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 324 pages
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For very high voltage or very high current applications, the power industry still relies on thyristor-based Line Commutated Conversion (LCC), which limits the power controllability to two quadrant operation. However, the ratings of self-commutating switches such as the Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and Integrated Gate-Commutated Thyristor (IGCT), are reaching levels that make the technology possible for very high power applications.

This unique book reviews the present state and future prospects of self-commutating static power converters for applications requiring either ultra high voltages (over 600 kV) or ultra high currents (in hundreds of kA). It is an important reference for electrical engineers working in the areas of power generation, transmission and distribution, utilities, manufacturing and consulting organizations.

All topics in this area are held in this one complete volume. Within these pages, expect to find thorough coverage on:


  • modelling and control of converter dynamics;
  • multi-level Voltage Source Conversion (VSC) and Current Source Conversion (CSC);
  • ultra high-voltage VSC and CSC DC transmission;
  • low voltage high DC current AC-DC conversion;
  • industrial high current applications;
  • power conversion for high energy storage.

This text has a host of helpful material that also makes it a useful source of knowledge for final year engineering students specializing in power engineering, and those involved in postgraduate research.

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About the author (2010)

Jos Arrillaga is a very experienced author, now an Emeritus Professor from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has written 10 books, including 5 for Wiley on the topic of electrical power systems, such as "Power System Harmonics, 2nd Edition" (Wiley, 2003), "Computer Modelling of Electrical Power Systems 2nd Edition" (Wiley 2001) and "High Voltage Direct Current Transmission" (IEE, 1998). He has also written over 350 journal and conference papers. During the course of his career he has supervised around 50 PhD and 60 MSc/ME theses, most of them on the subject of high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission, and he has also participated and convened several working groups. In 1997 he was awarded the Uno Lamm medal for outstanding contributions to HVDC transmission and he was in the New Years Honours list as a member of the New Zealand order of Merit.

Y. H. Liu, Professor, Inner Mongolia University

N. R. Watson, Associate Processor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

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