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Master of Engineering Science


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Dr. Rajiv K. Varma


This thesis presents the development of a comprehensive STATCOM controller for load compensation, voltage regulation and voltage balancing in electric power distribution and transmission networks. The behavior of this controller is first validated with published results. Subsequently, the performance of this STATCOM controller is examined in a realistic Hydro One distribution feeder for accomplishing the compensation of both mildly and grossly unbalanced loads, and balancing of network voltages using PSCAD/EMTDC software. The STATCOM voltage control function is utilized for increasing the connectivity of wind plants in the same distribution feeder. The thesis further presents a frequency scanning technique for simple and rapid identification of the potential of subsynchronous resonance in induction generator based wind farms connected to series compensated lines, utilizing MATLAB software. This technique is validated by published eigenvalue analysis results. The voltage control performance of the developed comprehensive STATCOM controller is then demonstrated for different scenarios in the modified IEEE First SSR Benchmark transmission system for mitigating subsynchronous resonance in series compensated wind farms using industry grade PSCAD/EMTDC software.