Thyristor-Based HVDC With Forced Commutation

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This paper presents a novel converter configuration, based solely on conventional thyristors and aimed for the use with high voltage de (HVDC) transmission. The converter utilizes resonant turn off and forced commutation with auxiliary thyristors to Aid commutation in the converter switches. The PSCAD/EMTDC simulation confirms that the HVDC inverter is capable of operating with a wide range of firing angles, including operation with reactive power export. Further simulation proves that the system is immune to commutation failure even in the case of most severe close single-phase faults. The harmonic generation is comparable to the conventional converter and also the thyristor voltage stress is not significantly increased. The auxiliary thyristors do increase costs, but this is offset by the elimination of reactive power support and the improvements in performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-564
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007


  • commutated circuits
  • HVDC converters
  • HVDC transmission
  • reactive power
  • capacitor
  • converters
  • systems


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