An active-passive capacitor-commutated converter for HVDC systems with a three-phase voltage-source PWM converter

Toshihiko Tanaka, Shigeyuki Funabiki, Masafumi Nakazato

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This paper introduces a new approach to the capacitor-commutated converters (CCCs) for HVDC systems. A small-rated three-phase voltage-source PWM converter is connected between a series commutation capacitor and thyristor converter through matching transformers. The PWM converter acts as auxiliary commutation-capacitor for the thyristor converter while the series passive capacitor acts as the main commutation capacitor. The capacitance, which is the sum of the small-rated active and series passive capacitors, is variable, so that stable commutation is obtained. In CCCs, commutation failure occurs when the AC bus voltage is recovered whereas the proposed combined commutation-capacitor can achieve successful commutation for both rapidly decreasing and increasing AC bus voltages. The basic principle of the proposed active-passive capacitor-commutated converter is discussed in detail. Then, constant margin angle control with a constant firing angle of the thyristor converter is proposed using a function generator block. Digital simulation demonstrates the novelty and effectiveness of the proposed active-passive capacitor-commutated converter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-75
Number of pages10
JournalElectrical Engineering in Japan (English translation of Denki Gakkai Ronbunshi)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 15 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Active commutation capacitor
  • Capacitor-commutated converter
  • Combined commutation capacitor
  • Commutation failure
  • Constant effective margin angle control
  • HVDC
  • Variable active capacitor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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