A Study of the Status and Future of Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage in Power Systems

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A study of the status and future of superconducting magnetic energy storage in power systems

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INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS PUBLISHING Supercond. Sci. Technol. 19 (2006) R31–R39

SUPERCONDUCTOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY doi:10.1088/0953-2048/19/6/R01

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A study of the status and future of superconducting magnetic energy storage in power systems X D Xue, K W E Cheng and D Sutanto
Department of Electrical Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China E-mail: eexdxue@polyu.edu.hk, eeecheng@polyu.edu.hk and eesutant@polyu.edu.hk

Received 5 January 2006, in final form 21 February 2006 Published 2 May 2006 Online at stacks.iop.org/SUST/19/R31 Abstract Superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) systems offering flexible, reliable, and fast acting power compensation are applicable to power systems to improve power system stabilities and to advance power qualities. The authors have summarized researches on SMES applications to power systems. Furthermore, various SMES applications to power systems have been described briefly and some crucial schematic diagrams and equations are given. In addition, this study presents valuable suggestions for future studies of SMES applications to power systems. Hence, this paper is helpful for co-researchers who want to know about the status of SMES applications to power systems.

1. Introduction
Superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) is one of the applications of superconductivity. To be specific, SMES is an energy storage device that stores dc electrical energy, which excites a dc magnetic field. The conductor for carrying the dc current operates at cryogenic temperatures where it is a superconductor and thus has virtually no resistive losses as it produces the magnetic field. Consequently, the energy can be stored in a persistent mode, until required. The current technology of cryogenics and superconductivity makes the components of an SMES device defined and constructed. In general, an SMES system consists of four parts, which are the superconducting coil with the magnet (SCM), the power conditioning system (PCS), the cryogenic system (CS), and the control unit (CU), as shown in figure 1. The functions of each part can be described briefly as follows. (a) The SCM is composed of the superconducting coil, magnet, and coil protection. The SCM is used to store the dc electrical energy. The superconducting coil and the magnet must be strong enough to withstand the large Lorentz forces when energized. The coil protection 0953-2048/06/060031+09$30.00

is necessary to protect the superconducting coil against failure, which may cause serious damage to SMES systems. (b) The PCS consists of converters and firing circuits. The PCS is the interface between the ac utility and the SCM. Through the PCS, the ac electrical energy can be converted into the dc electrical energy stored in the SCM. Inversely, the latter also can be converted into the former fed back to the ac utility. (c) The CS is required to cool the SCM and keep it at the operating temperature. Essentially the CS is composed of refrigerators, vacuum pumps, helium tank and pipes, and a Dewar. (d) The CU is the essential part of SMES systems. Various functions of SMES systems and the protection of the superconducting coil are controlled by the CU. No matter what purposes the SMES systems are expected to implement, they primarily depend on the CU to perform various functions. The...
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