 Original research
 Open Access
 Published:
A robust composite wide area control of a DFIG wind energy system for damping interarea oscillations
Protection and Control of Modern Power Systems volume 5, Article number: 25 (2020)
Abstract
This paper presents a novel composite wide area control of a DFIG wind energy system which combines the Robust Exact Differentiator (RED) and Discontinuous Integral (DI) control to damp out interarea oscillations. RED generates the realtime differentiation of a relative speed signal in a noisy environment while DI control, an extension to a twisting algorithm and PID control, develops a continuous control signal and hence reduces chattering. The proposed control is robust to disturbances and can enhance the overall stability of the system. The proposed composite sliding mode control is evaluated using a modified benchmark twoarea power system model with wind energy integration. Simulation results under various operating scenarios show the efficacy of the proposed approach.
Introduction
Increases in energy demand and environmental awareness, government clean energy policies, increased inflow of funds and reduced cost have resulted in huge renewable energy development and generation [1]. Among the different renewable power generation methods, wind energy dominates because of its mature technology and the abundant wind resources in many nations. According to Navigant Research, 51.3 GW capacity of wind energy was installed in 2018, reflecting the interests among producers and governments for cheap and clean renewable energy generation. Doubly fed induction generators (DFIGs) are one of the main windenergy conversion systems (WECS) [2, 3]. They are extensively used owing to features like reduced converter rating, twodegree freedom in controlling active and reactive power and high conversion efficiency. A DFIG wind energy system with conventional vector control regulates active and reactive power independently, while its active power reference is computed based on the maximum power point tracking, which in turn depends on the wind speed [4, 5]. As the performance of a DFIG system largely depends on the control, early research was mainly focused on the optimal DFIG control by tuning the controller parameters [6, 7]. Emphasis was then gradually moved towards application of nonlinear control techniques [8,9,10,11].
Transmission interconnections are necessary for reliable and efficient operation of the power system. Integration of renewable energy with the grid reduces the inertia of the system and may adversely affect system stability [12]. Conventional power system stabilizers are deployed at generating stations with synchronous generators to suppress power oscillations. However, the performance of these stabilizers is limited to local modes, while FACTS controllers like SVC, STATCOM, and UPFC have been used to mitigate interarea oscillations [13,14,15]. The installation of PMUs at various nodes in the power system enables continuous monitoring of interarea oscillations. The use of a PSSbased supplementary damping controller in a DFIG system to reduce interarea oscillations is implemented in [16]. However, preliminary research was focused on developing supplementary control using active power, whereas it has been observed that reactive power regulation can be more effective [17]. Thus, suppression of interarea oscillations could be further enhanced by regulating both active power and reactive power output of the DFIG system [18]. Proportionalresonant controllerbased power oscillation damping is proposed in [19], while most of the research on damping of interarea oscillations is based on a leadlag compensator [20,21,22]. However, the performance of the controller cannot be assured for large disturbances in the system as the design is based on a linearized model of the power system around an operating point.
Nonlinear control methods like inputoutput linearization, adaptive dynamic programming etc. have been developed [23, 24]. As power system networks are highly distributed and can exposed to many types of disturbance, there is a need to develop robust controllers. Additional damping control based on disturbance rejection is proposed in [25], and a widearea control design based on line potential energy and an extended state observer is proposed in [26]. However, such controllers encounter a key challenge in guaranteeing finite time output tracking. Sliding mode control is a robust control mechanism that can ensure finite time output tracking, so a second order sliding mode based on twisting law is proposed in [27, 28]. However, although it is highly robust, the output of the differentiator is sensitive to measurement noise.
The objective of this paper is to design a robust composite wide area controller (WAC) for a DFIG wind energy system, combined with RED and DI controls. DI control is a recently proposed novel control based on the combination of the super twisting algorithm (STA) and PID control. To compensate for the nonvanishing disturbances, a discontinuous integral term is added to the STA control output and a twostage differentiator is developed to obtain the realtime differentiation of the relative speed signal. This is robust to measurement noise and uncertainties [29, 30]. Features viz. finitetime convergence, robustness to disturbance and reduced chattering are achieved by applying DI control [31, 32]. A supplementary WAC signal is thus generated to regulate the reactive power of a DFIG system through its RSC.
The main contributions of the paper are as follows:

i.
A composite wide area control combined with a robust differentiator with discontinuous integral control is proposed to suppress interarea oscillations using a DFIG based wind energy system.

ii.
The use of RED is to obtain a realtime differentiation of the relative speed immune to noise in the PMU measurements. A DI controller generates a continuous control signal and thus reduces the chattering.

iii.
The proposed strategy is simple to implement and is robust to disturbances.
The rest of the paper is organized as follows. Section 2 discusses the dynamics of the twoarea power system model with a DFIG in one area, while Section 3 describes the design of the proposed composite wide area control. Section 4 analyzes the simulation results with the proposed controller and concluding remarks are given in Section 5.
System configuration and dynamic model of a DFIG system
Modified twoarea power system with wind energy integration
The system under study is a modified twoarea benchmark model integrated with a DFIGbased wind energy system as shown in Fig. 1. Area1 consists of a hydraulic generator while area2 has a synchronous generator. These two areas are connected by a transmission line while a DFIGbased wind power plant is connected to Area1. A resistive load is connected to Area2 and power flows from Area1 to Area2.
The dynamics of the twoarea power system model with wind energy integration [27] are given as:
Dynamic model of DFIG
A DFIG wind energy system consists of a wind turbine coupled to the DFIG shaft. The output of the DFIG system is regulated by a backtoback converter, in which the GSC regulates the DC link voltage while the RSC regulates both the active and reactive power output. To suppress interarea oscillations, a supplementary control signal is generated from the proposed WAC unit to regulate the reactive power output of the DFIG system as illustrated in Fig. 2. As the main objective is to suppress the oscillations, this section focuses on the dynamic model of the DFIG machine and RSC control.
The dynamic model of a DFIG generator is represented as:
The outer and inner loop controls are based on PI controllers as illustrated in Fig. 3. The active and reactive power deviations are defined as:
These errors are fed to the PI controllers to generate the reference daxis and qaxis current as:
The current references are compared with actual current to generate current errors as:
The current errors are then fed to the PI controllers to generate the control voltages as:
Design of composite wide area damping control (WAC)
The objective is to damp out rotor speed oscillation in finite time with a robust WAC, i.e. \( \underset{t\to {t}_f}{\lim }{\omega}_{12}\to 0 \). To achieve this, a combination of RED and DI controls is proposed.
DI control
The design of the DI control law is presented in this section. Considering the sliding variable as
the second derivative of σ with respect to time is:
Equation (17) can be represented as:
where
Equation (17) can also be rewritten as:
where
Though sliding mode control is robust when regulating output in the presence of disturbances, it suffers from control chattering. On the other hand, PID is effective in driving the output to the horizon but only in the presence of constant disturbances. In order to drive the states σ and \( \dot{\sigma} \) in finite time in the presence of timevarying disturbances, a robust DI control is proposed which is a combination of a twisting algorithm and PID control [31]. An integral term is added to the regular high order sliding mode control law to compensate for the time varying perturbations which cannot be fully compensated for by feedback discontinuous control.
The control law required to stabilize the system under persistent disturbances is given by:
The main features of the proposed robust control law are:

i.
It stabilizes the origin in finite time. In addition, adding a discontinuous integral term stabilizes the system even under nonvanishing disturbances.

ii.
The continuous control signal avoids control chattering.

iii.
The integral term can be viewed as disturbance estimation.

iv.
Implementation of the discontinuous integral control requires the derivative of ω_{12}.
Robust exact differentiator
An ordinary differentiator amplifies measurement noise, and thus noisy PMU measurements degrade the performance of the controller with ordinary differentiator. In addition, initial error and large transients during convergence of the differentiator will degrade the controller performance. Therefore, there is a need for a robust exact differentiator. Considering its advantages such as finite time convergence, robustness to external disturbances and insensitivity to measurement noise, RED is used here to obtain the differentiation of the relative speed signal.
The output of the system in the presence of noise can be written as:
A second order RED is employed to estimate the signal \( \dot{\sigma} \). Given that z_{1} and z_{2} are the respective estimates of σ and \( \dot{\sigma} \), and d is the cumulative disturbance of the system estimated with a pseudostate z_{3}, the dynamics of RED are:
Composite WAC
The principle of the proposed composite controller is illustrated in Fig. 4. It is a combination of DI control and RED. With the observed states the new control input is:
Defining the estimation errors as e_{1} = x_{1} − z_{1}, e_{2} = x_{2} − z_{2}, and e_{3} = x_{3} − d, the dynamics of the estimation errors can be written as:
From the above analysis, the following can be noted:

i.
_{For} \( \left\dot{d}\right\le \Delta \), the estimation errors under closed loop operation converge to the origin in finite time.

ii.
Control input compensates for the disturbance affecting system performance.

iii.
The differentiator and controller can be designed independently.
Simulation results and discussion
The proposed composite control is simulated in MATLAB/Simulink. The benchmark system is obtained by modifying the twoarea system demon model in MATLAB/ Simulink to include a DFIG wind energy system, while the parameters of the lumped DFIG and controller are given in Tables 1 and 2 respectively in the Appendix. The efficacy of the proposed approach is evaluated under different operating scenarios.
Noisefree measurements
In this ideal case, the measurements from PMU are assumed to be noisefree. The DI controller generates the required reactive power signal for suppression of the interarea oscillations. The second state \( \dot{\sigma} \) is obtained using the MATLAB differentiator block. In addition, a threephase symmetrical fault is applied to the transmission line connecting the two areas. The fault is initiated at 5 s and cleared after 5 ms. This disturbance leads to rotor angle oscillation between the two areas as illustrated in Fig. 5 (a). In the absence of wide area control, the power oscillations are damped after 10s while with the proposed DI control, they are damped within 7.7 s. Reactive power outputs of the DFIG system with and without WAC can be observed from Fig. 5 (b). It can be observed that without WAC, the reactive power is not regulated while DI control regulates the reactive power. This demonstrates the superior performance of DI control in damping oscillations. The Tieline power deviations with and without WAC are compared in Fig. 5 (c), while Fig. 6 depicts the convergence of σ and \( \dot{\sigma} \) to the horizon.
Figure 7 illustrates the performance of DI control with rotor angle deviations for a threephase fault with a fault resistance of 0.001 Ω. As can be seen, DI control damps out the rotor angle deviations faster with lower undershoot when compared to leadlag compensator based traditional controller [17], whose details are given in Appendix. For further analysis, a worst fault scenario is considered where the system is unstable without WAC. The rotor angle deviations in Fig. 8 and terminal voltage in Fig. 9 show the efficacy of the proposed DI controller for the same worst fault scenario.
In the next case, it is assumed that the load is suddenly increased by 5% at 1 s, and the simulation results are shown in Figs. 10, 11 and 12. In order to evaluate the performance of the DI controller under the worst operating scenario, the synchronous generators are operated without local PSS. Without WAC, the load change leads to sustained rotor speed oscillations as seen in Fig. 10. However, the proposed DI controller effectively suppresses the relative rotor speed deviations and this also results in reduced tieline power oscillations when compared to the traditional controller as illustrated in Fig. 11. The terminal voltage also oscillates in the absence of the WAC after the load disturbance while the proposed controller suppresses the voltage oscillations as shown in Fig. 12.
PMU measurements with noise
A power system is highly nonlinear and stochastic, and is subjected to various kinds of disturbance. This necessitates the use of RED to differentiate noisy relative speed deviations rather than a conventional differentiator. Realistic noise in the PMU measurements is considered in the first case, in which Gaussian noise with zero mean and covariance of 10^{− 5} is added to the speed measurements. Figure 13 depicts the significance of RED. As seen, without RED, noise is amplified by the differentiator and this in turn affects the controller performance, while the relative rotor speed and its derivative estimated using RED show significant improvements. Figure 14 depicts the relative rotor angle deviations and it can be concluded that the proposed composite sliding mode shows superior performance even under noisy environment when compared with twisting control.
Conclusions
A composite WAC has been proposed to suppress interarea oscillations by controlling the reactive power output of the DFIG system during disturbances. There are three main contributions of the proposed method. First, a robust differentiator is developed to obtain the realtime differentiation of the relative rotor speed signal of the uncertain nonlinear power system. Second, super twisting control is extended by adding an integral control term to form a robust DI controller to stabilize power oscillations even under nonvanishing disturbances. Control chattering is avoided as the control input is a continuous signal. Third, the robust differentiator is combined with a discontinuous integral controller to build a WAC, which is robust to disturbances affecting the stability of the system.
The proposed control is tested on the benchmark twoarea power system model with a DFIG wind energy integration. The results for a threephase fault in the power system have illustrated that the proposed composite control significantly improves the transient stability of the power system even under nonvanishing disturbances. In the event of threephase faults, relative rotor angle deviations with DI control can be damped earlier than with conventional methods, while RED is very useful for obtaining the realtime differentiation with reduced noise impact. WAC can be designed in coordination with local PSS to further enhance system transient stability.
Nomenclature
DI Discontinuous integral
RED Robust Exact Differentiator
WAC Wide area control
RSC Rotor side converter
GSC Grid side converter
v Zero mean measurement noise
δ Generator power angle
ω Generator rotor speed
H Generator inertia
P Mechanical input power
P_{L} Active power demand
V Terminal voltage
Q_{w} Reactive power supplied by the DFIG system
ΔQ_{w} Reactive power for damping
Q_{s0} Reactive power supplied by synchronous generators and shunt capacitorsX Line reactance
\( {E}_{d,q}^{\prime } \) Voltage across transient reactance on the daxis and qaxis
L_{m} Mutual inductance
\( {T}_0^{\prime } \) Time constant of the rotor circuit
u_{s} Stator terminal voltage
u_{r} Rotor terminal voltage
R_{s} Stator resistance
X_{s} Stator reactance
\( {X}_s^{\prime } \) Stator transient reactance
i_{s} Stator current
L_{ss}, L_{rr} Stator and rotor selfinductances
σ Sliding surface
z_{1} Estimates of σ
z_{2} Estimates of \( \dot{\sigma} \)
d Cumulative disturbance
λ_{1}, λ_{2},λ_{3},λ_{4} DI controller parameters
P_{ref} Reference active power
P_{g} DFIG generated power
Q_{ref} Reference reactive power
K_{p1}, K_{p2}, K_{p3}, K_{i1}, K_{i2}, K_{i3} PI controller parameters
e_{p}, e_{w} Active and reactive power errors
e_{d}, e_{q} Current errors
u^{∗}_{dr}, u^{∗}_{dr} Control voltages
i_{dr_ref}, i_{qr_ref} Current references
Availability of data and materials
All the data is given in the paper or properly cited wherever necessary.
References
Punda, L., Capuder, T., Pandžić, H., & Delimar, M. (2017). Integration of renewable energy sources in Southeast Europe: A review of incentive mechanisms and feasibility of investments. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 71, 77–88.
Lin, W., Wen, J., Cheng, S., & Lee, W.J. (2012). An investigation on the activepower variations of wind farms. IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 48(3), 1087–1094.
Luo, J., Zhao, H., Gao, S., & Han, M. (2020). A low voltage ride through strategy of DFIG based on explicit model predictive control. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, 119, 105783.
Liu, X., Han, Y., & Wang, C. (2017). Secondorder sliding mode control for power optimisation of DFIGbased variable speed wind turbine. IET Renewable Power Generation, 11(2), 408–418.
Han, Y., & Ma, R. (2019). Adaptivegain secondorder sliding mode direct power control for windturbinedriven DFIG under balanced and unbalanced grid voltage. Energies, 12(20), 3886.
Tang, Y., Ju, P., Member, S., He, H., Qin, C., & Wu, F. (2013). Optimized control of DFIGbased wind generation using sensitivity analysis and particle swarm optimization. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 4(1), 509–520.
Yang, L., Yang, G. Y., Xu, Z., Dong, Z. Y., Wong, K. P., & Ma, X. (2010). Optimal controller design of a doublyfed induction generator wind turbine system for small signal stability enhancement. IET Generation Transmission and Distribution, 4(5), 579.
Wang, L., & Truong, D. N. (2013). Stability enhancement of DFIGbased offshore wind farm fed to a multimachine system using a STATCOM. IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus and Systems, 28(3), 2882–2889.
Wu, F., Zhang, X.P., Ping, J., & Sterling, M. J. H. (2008). Decentralized nonlinear control of wind turbine with doubly fed induction generator. IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus and Systems, 23(2), 613–621.
Chang, Y., Hu, J., & Yuan, X. (2020). Mechanism analysis of DFIGbased wind Turbine’s fault current during LVRT with equivalent inductances. IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, 8(2), 1515–1527.
Shen, Y.W., Yuan, J.R., Shen, F.F., Xu, J.Z., Li, C.K., & Wang, D. (2019). Finite control set model predictive control for complex energy system with largescale wind power. Complexity, 2019, 1–13.
Wang, N., Kang, C., & Ren, D. (2015). LargeScale Wind Power Grid Integration: Technological and Regulatory Issues. Elsevier.
Messina, A. R., Begovich, O., López, J. H., & Reyes, E. N. (2004). Design of multiple FACTS controllers for damping interarea oscillations: A decentralised control approach. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, 26(1), 19–29.
Singh, B., Mukherjee, V., & Tiwari, P. (2015). A survey on impact assessment of DG and FACTS controllers in power systems. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 42, 846–882.
Messina, A., Begovich, M. O., & Nayebzadeh, M. (1999). Analytical investigation of the use of static VAR compensators to aid damping of interarea oscillations. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, 21(3), 199–210.
Hughes, F. M., AnayaLara, O., Jenkins, N., & Strbac, G. (2006). A power system stabilizer for DFIGbased wind generation. IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus and Systems, 21(2), 763–772.
Fan, L., Yin, H., & Miao, Z. (2011). On active/reactive power modulation of DFIGbased wind generation for Interarea oscillation damping. IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, 26(2), 513–521.
Zhang, C., Ke, D., Sun, Y., Chung, C. Y., Xu, J., & Shen, F. (2018). Coordinated supplementary damping control of DFIG and PSS to suppress interarea oscillations with optimally controlled plant dynamics. IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 9(2), 780–791.
Feng, S., Jiang, P., & Wu, X. (2017). Suppression of power system forced oscillations based on PSS with proportionalresonant controller. International Transactions on Electrical Energy Systems, 27(7), e2328.
Singh, M., Allen, A. J., Muljadi, E., Gevorgian, V., Zhang, Y., & Santoso, S. (2015). Interarea oscillation damping controls for wind power plants. IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 6(3), 967–975.
Tsourakis, G., Nomikos, B. M., & Vournas, C. D. (2009). Contribution of doubly fed wind generators to oscillation damping. IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, 24(3), 783–791.
Surinkaew, T., & Ngamroo, I. (2017). Twolevel coordinated controllers for robust interarea oscillation damping considering impact of local latency. IET Generation Transmission and Distribution, 11(18), 4520–4530.
Liao, K., He, Z., Wang, Y., & Yang, J. (2018). An inputoutput linearization algorithmbased interarea damping control strategy for DFIG. IEEJ Transactions on Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 13(1), 32–37.
Tang, Y., He, H., Wen, J., & Liu, J. (2015). Power system stability control for a wind farm based on adaptive dynamic programming. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 6(1), 166–177.
Ma, Y., Liu, J., Liu, H., & Zhao, S. (2018). ActiveReactive Additional Damping Control of a DoublyFed Induction Generator Based on Active Disturbance Rejection Control. Energies, 11(5), 1314.
Liu, C., Cai, G., Ge, W., Yang, D., Liu, C., & Sun, Z. (2018). Oscillation analysis and widearea damping control of DFIGs for renewable energy power systems using line modal potential energy. IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus and Systems, 33(3), 3460–3471.
Liao, K., He, Z., Xu, Y., Chen, G., Dong, Z. Y., & Wong, K. P. (2017). A sliding mode based damping control of DFIG for Interarea power oscillations. IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 8(1), 258–267.
Liao, K., Xu, Y., He, Z., & Dong, Z. Y. (2017). Secondorder sliding mode based PQ coordinated modulation of DFIGs against Interarea oscillations. IEEE Transactions on Power Apparatus and Systems, 32(6), 4978–4980.
Sanchez, T., Moreno, J. A., & Fridman, L. M. (Oct. 2018). Output feedback continuous twisting algorithm. Automatica, 96, 298–305.
OrtizRicardez, F. A., Sanchez, T., & Moreno, J. A. (2015). Smooth Lyapunov function and gain design for a Second Order Differentiator. In 2015 54th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), (pp. 5402–5407).
Moreno, J. A. (2016). Discontinuous integral control for mechanical systems. In 2016 14th International Workshop on Variable Structure Systems (VSS), (pp. 142–147).
Moreno, J. A. (2018). Discontinuous integral control for systems with relative degree two. In New perspectives and applications of modern control theory, (pp. 187–218). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
Acknowledgements
Not applicable.
Funding
The authors declare that the research is not funded by any Government/Private institution/agency.
Author information
Authors and Affiliations
Contributions
TSLVAR contributed to analysis, modelling, manuscript preparation, revision and typesetting of the manuscript. TSLVAR read and approved the final manuscript.
Corresponding author
Ethics declarations
Competing interests
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
Appendix
Appendix
Details of conventional controller:
The transfer function of the traditional controller is given by (30):
Rights and permissions
Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
About this article
Cite this article
Tummala, A.S.L.V. A robust composite wide area control of a DFIG wind energy system for damping interarea oscillations. Prot Control Mod Power Syst 5, 25 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s4160102000170y
Received:
Accepted:
Published:
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s4160102000170y
Keywords
 DFIG
 Wide area control
 Wind energy system
 Sliding mode control