Colloquium HVDC and Power Electronics to Boost Network Performance

02/10/2013 - 03/10/2013
Brasilia - BR

Organisation : CIGRE Brasil

In conjunction with this meeting, CIGRÉ Study Committee B4 and the National Brazilian Committee are organizing a Colloquium (October 2nd and 3rd) about FACTS and HVDC applications.

From September 28th to 30th, 2013, it will be held in Brasilia, Brazil, the annual CIGRÉ Study Committee B4 (HVDC and Power Electronics) International Meeting. In conjunction with this meeting, CIGRÉ Study Committee B4 and the National Brazilian Committee are organizing a Colloquium (October 2nd and 3rd) about FACTS and HVDC applications.

Brazil increased Power Electronics application on its transmission systems since the 1980s with FACTS devices like SVCs, FSCs, TCSC (first application on a long distance transmission system: North South I 500kV Interconnection) and Itaipu ±600kV HVDC link connecting the asynchronous systems of Paraguay (50Hz) and Brazil (60Hz).

Currently in Brazil there are underway several long distance 500kV AC transmission projects, with intense FACTS devices application, such as Tucuruí - Macapá - Manaus interconnection and Teles Pires generator complex associated transmission system.
The great number of new wind farms projects in Brazilian Northeastern and Southern regions has also led to an increase on the use of FACTS devices like SVCs that contribute to a more effective voltage regulation, considering the wind generation particular behavior.
Currently, the HVDC transmission application of major relevance in the Brazilian electric system is the DC link associated to Santo Antonio and Jirau hydro plants, part of Rio Madeira hydroelectric complex, connecting Porto Velho (rectifier) and Araraquara 2 (inverter) stations separated of about 2400 km through two ± 600 kV / 3150 MW bipoles.

The next relevant transmission project to be auctioned by Brazilian Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) is the one associated to Belo Monte hydroelectric complex, located in the Brazilian North Region, rated 11,000 MW. Studies being developed by Brazilian Planning Company (EPE) indicate two ± 800 kV, 4000 MW bipoles to connect Belo Monte generation complex to Brazilian Southeast Region and 500 kV AC lines with a large amount of FACTS devices to connect the above mentioned hydro power center to Brazilian Northeast region as the best transmission alternative.

The use of HVDC technology in long distance power transmission may also be attractive in future generation projects such as Tapajós and interconnections between Brazil and neighbor countries like Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

In this context of the Brazilian electric system intense growth associated with the use of large hydroelectric generation reserves that requires transmission of large power blocks over long distances, the realization of the above mentioned Colloquium together with SC-B4 International Meeting is a unique opportunity of sharing experiences among international experts who will participate of SC-B4 meeting and Brazilian technical personnel from transmission and generation utilities, research centers, operators and regulatory agencies that should attend the Colloquium.

Topic 1 - Technological developments
HVDC converter stations
FACTS equipment
Power semi-conductor devices

Topic 2 - New Projects, including Upgrades
HVDC Projects
FACTS Applications
Projects under construction or recently commissioned

Topic 3 - System planning and related considerations
HVDC Grids
Connection of renewable energy resources
Integration of large HVDC interconnectors into existing networks

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