Enabling Magnetics for Solid State Transformers WFO
Project runs from 06/08/2020 to 03/31/2021
Advances in grid-scale hardware and enabling technologies including materials, components, and component level modeling will play an important role in the modernization of the electricity transmission and distribution system. Large power transformers represent a major source of vulnerability and risk as catastrophic failures can represent major economic and social costs,driving the need for more standardized, modular, and readily deployable solid-state transformers.Iron core losses in distribution transformers represent a significant fraction of the overall losses in the transmission and distribution system. A rising prevalence of renewable and distributed energy
resources is increasing the deployment of grid-tied power electronics converters. Advanced sensing and control devices including current transformers and variable impedance power flow controllers will play a key role in enabling active power flow control. Solid state power substations are also a key part of any electrical generation, transmission, and distribution system and they
generally include transformers to (1) change voltage levels, (2) function as an interconnection between two transmission voltages, and (3) serve as control points for the flow of power to increase system reliability.