IEC TR 62543:2011 

High-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission using voltage sourced converters (VSC)

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IEC/TR 62543:2011(E) gives general guidance on the subject of voltage-sourced converters used for transmission of power by high voltage direct current (HVDC). It describes converters that are not only voltage-sourced (containing a capacitive energy storage medium and where the polarity of d.c. voltage remains fixed) but also self-commutated, using semiconductor devices which can both be turned on and turned off by control action. The scope includes 2-level and 3-level converters with pulse-width modulation (PWM), along with multi-level converters, but excludes 2-level and 3-level converters operated without PWM, in square-wave output mode. HVDC power transmission using voltage sourced converters is known as "VSC transmission". The various types of circuit that can be used for VSC transmission are described in the report, along with their principal operational characteristics and typical applications. The overall aim is to provide a guide for purchasers to assist with the task of specifying a VSC transmission scheme. Line-commutated and current-sourced converters are specifically excluded from this report. This technical report cancels and replaces IEC/PAS 62543:2008 (Ed.1) which was published by IEC and CIGRÉ jointly, and combined with engineering experience.

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Publication typeTechnical Report
Publication date2011-03-30
Available language(s)English
TC/SCTC 22/SC 22F - Power electronics for electrical transmission and distribution systemsrss
ICS29.200 - Rectifiers. Converters. Stabilized power supply
29.240.99 - Other equipment related to power transmission and distribution networks
Stability date  2023
File size1694 KB

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