Control of a 1.5 MW active power filter and regeneration converter for a Spoornet DC traction substation

Henning, Pieter Hendrik (2005-03)

Thesis (MScEng (Electrical and Electronic Engineering))--University of Stellenbosch, 2005.


Although regenerative braking has been in used in railway systems for a long time already, the energy generated was dissipated in resistor banks. The rapid advances in the power electronics field, accompanied by the development of faster and higher power switching devices in recent years, now make it possible to convert the regenerated electrical energy from DC to AC, which can then be injected into the Eskom grid. A 1.5 MW full scale prototype system was built, installed and tested in a Spoornet DC traction substation. A seven level series-stacked converter topology was used along with a specially designed injection transformer. The system was controlled by the PEC 33 controller board, which was developed at the University of Stellenbosch. The primary function of the system is to function as a regeneration converter and as a secondary function act as an active power filter.

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