Harmonics in a Wind Power Plant: Preprint

Eduard Muljadi, Vahan Gevorgian, Victor Preciado, M. Madrigal

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Wind power generation has been growing at a very fast pace for the past decade, and its influence and impact on the electric power grid is significant. As in a conventional power plant, a wind power plant (WPP) must ensure that the quality of the power being delivered to the grid is excellent. At the same time, the wind turbine should be able to operate immune to small disturbances coming from the grid. Harmonics are one of the more common power quality issues presented by large WPPs because of the high switching frequency of the power converters and the possible nonlinear behavior from electric machines (generator, transformer, reactors) within a power plant. This paper presents a summary of the most important issues related to harmonics in WPPs and discusses practical experiences with actual Type 1 and Type 3 wind turbines in two WPPs.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2015
Event2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 26 Jul 201530 Jul 2015


Conference2015 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
CityDenver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-63588


  • harmonics
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • NREL
  • resonance
  • wind power plants


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