Generic and simplified HV DC circuit breaker models for grid-level studies

Mario Zaja, Dragan Jovcic, Linash Kunjumuhammed, Kazuyori Tahata, Takashi Inagaki, Simon Nee

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This paper presents simplified and generic models for three DCCB topologies: hybrid DCCB, active current injection DCCB and VARC (VSC assisted) DCCB.
The generic model has identical structure for all topologies, but topology-specific parameters. This generic modeling approach simplifies DC grid studies and enables fast comparison between different DCCB topologies and protection system configurations. Simulation results on a DC grid model in PSCAD indicate that generic DCCB model gives accurate basic variables (peak current and voltage) for all topologies. The simplified models show very good accuracy for most variables but may not be able to represent internal component stresses. The comparison between simulation times indicates significant benefit in using generic and simplified DCCB models over the more detailed counterparts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-5508-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-5509-8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Event2020 IEEE PES General Meeting - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2 Aug 20206 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting.
ISSN (Print)1944-9925
ISSN (Electronic)1944-9933


Conference2020 IEEE PES General Meeting

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant No. 691714.


  • DC grid protection
  • DC circuit breaker
  • hybrid
  • mechanical
  • VSC assisted


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