IEC 61803:2020 RLV 
Redline version

Determination of power losses in high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations with line-commutated converters


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IEC 61803:2020 applies to all line-commutated high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations used for power exchange (power transmission or back-to-back installation) in utility systems. This document presumes the use of 12-pulse thyristor converters but can, with due care, also be used for 6-pulse thyristor converters. In some applications, synchronous compensators or static var compensators (SVC) may be connected to the AC bus of the HVDC converter station. The loss determination procedures for such equipment are not included in this document. This document presents a set of standard procedures for determining the total losses of an HVDC converter station. The procedures cover all parts, except as noted above, and address no-load operation and operating losses together with their methods of calculation which use, wherever possible, measured parameters. Converter station designs employing novel components or circuit configurations compared to the typical design assumed in this document, or designs equipped with unusual auxiliary circuits that could affect the losses, are assessed on their own merits. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:
- to facilitate the application of this document and to ensure its quality remains consistent, 5.1.8 and 5.8 have been reviewed, taking into consideration that the present thyristor production technology provides considerably less thyristor parameters dispersion comparing with the situation in 1999 when the first edition of IEC 61803 was developed, and therefore the production records of thyristors can be used for the power losses calculation;
- the calculation of the total station load losses (cases D1 and D2 in Annex C) has been corrected.

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Publication typeInternational Standard
Publication date2020-10-19
Available language(s)English
TC/SCTC 22/SC 22F - Power electronics for electrical transmission and distribution systemsrss
ICS29.200 - Rectifiers. Converters. Stabilized power supply
Stability date  2026
File size2863 KB

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