There are two types of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) systems: line-commutated converter (LCC) and Voltage Sourced Converter (VSC). While the LLC type requires an external power source for commutation, the VSC type does not. The innate ability of separately controlling active/reactive power and the small compact footprint of VSC-based HVDC allow for its application to weak systems and remove the need for additional reactive compensation from harmonic filters and other reactive voltage support.
Common Applications and Features of VSC-based HVDC
- Independent Supply and Control of Reactive and Real Power
- Compatibility with Multi-Terminal Designs
- Increased Grid Accessibility for Weak Systems
- Ability to Feed into Passive Networks
- Improved Renewable Resource Integration
- Can be Used in Back-to-Back (BTB) Links to Control Power Flow and Connect Asynchronous Systems
Mitsubishi HVDC Diamond® Technology
For more than 40 years, Mitsubishi Electric has been a leader in the development, design, and production of high-performance power electronics-based systems such as Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS), HVDC, and other power electronics based solutions. These solutions help electric utilities supply reliable, high-quality power.
Mitsubishi Electric’s VSC-based HVDC Diamond Solutions use proprietary, next generation X-Series Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) technology. HVDC-Diamond® is the brand name for the components and technologies encompassing the converter station and the control and protection system governing the HVDC system. HVDC Diamond system and equipment are designed in a unique Modular Multi-Level Converter (MMC) configuration that enhances the advantages of VSC HVDC. MMC delivers superior performance and operating efficiencies, resulting in fast dynamic response, independent active and reactive power control, black start capability, increased fault current handling, lower switching losses, and diminished harmonic impact.
Mitsubishi Electric VSC HVDC Diamond Ratings
Mitsubishi Electric’s VSC-based HVDC solutions feature power transfer ratings in excess of 1,000 MW, with a DC voltage level of up to +/- 400 kV DC.
New Mitsubishi Electric Verification Facility
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is currently building a 50 MW HVDC verification facility at its Transmission and Distribution Center in Amagasaki, Japan. The facility, completed in early 2018, provides the highest achievable levels of safety and cost-effectiveness for voltage-sourced converters (VSC)-based high-voltage direct current (HVDC) systems.
Turnkey Solutions for Electric Power Transmission
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation designs, manufactures, installs, and maintains a full range of premium substation systems and equipment for electric utilities worldwide. The company also supplies primary components and spare parts from its manufacturing facilities around the world, and complementary products from its vendors chosen through a rigorous pre-qualification process.
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. – Your North American Partner
U.S.-based Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Incorporated (MEPPI) provides local value-added services – from initial engineering studies and engineering design to after-sales maintenance and support for the North American FACTS and HVDC market.
MEPPI Value-added Services
- System Integration
- Equipment Testing
- Diagnostic & Monitoring
- Site Management
- Project Management
- Health and Safety Management
- After Sales Support
- 24/7 Telephone Support