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Title: Application of Advanced Wide Area Early Warning Systems with Adaptive Protection

Recent blackouts of power systems in North America and throughout the world have shown how critical a reliable power system is to modern societies, and the enormous economic and societal damage a blackout can cause. It has been noted that unanticipated operation of protection systems can contribute to cascading phenomena and, ultimately, blackouts. This project developed and field-tested two methods of Adaptive Protection systems utilizing synchrophasor data. One method detects conditions of system stress that can lead to unintended relay operation, and initiates a supervisory signal to modify relay response in real time to avoid false trips. The second method detects the possibility of false trips of impedance relays as stable system swings “encroach” on the relays’ impedance zones, and produces an early warning so that relay engineers can re-evaluate relay settings. In addition, real-time synchrophasor data produced by this project was used to develop advanced visualization techniques for display of synchrophasor data to utility operators and engineers.
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  1. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  2. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)
  3. Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State, MS (United States)
  4. Southern California Edison Co., Rosemead, CA (United States)
  5. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San Francisco, CA (United States)
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Technical Report
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The Regents Of The University Of California
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United States