Advanced RTDS-based Studies of the Impact of STATCOM onFeeder Distance Protection

Rui Guan, Ying Xue, Xiao-Ping Zhang

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In this paper the studies of the performance of feeder distance protection with multiple installations of static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) is presented. Detailed representation of delta-connected multi-level modular converter (MMC) STATCOM is modelled and its impact on feeder distance protection is analytical studied. A Real-Time Digital Simulation (RTDS) based Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing platform is established using practical distance relays, multiple detailed MMC STATCOM models and realistic transmission data. Different types of internal/external faults at varying locations are simulated to investigate the STATCOM’s impact on feeder distance protection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
JournalThe Journal of Engineering
Early online date18 Jul 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2018


  • distance protection
  • real time digital simulator (RTDS)


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