An evaluation of exciterless topologies for medium power wound-field synchronous generators

Daniel Fallows, Stefano Nuzzo, Michael Galea

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Abstract

The wound field synchronous machine has widespread use both as a motor and a generator, due to its low cost, wide power range and its consolidated history built over decades of operation. A critical aspect of these machines is the method of excitation to the field winding. Typically, the choice is between a static excitation system using slip-rings and a rotating excitation system using a brushless exciter. An alternative is that of removing the classical exciter completely and thus feed the field winding through more advanced 'exciterless' solution. The potential to reduce component count and improve power density has resulted in increasing interest in exciterless solutions, over the last couple of decades. This paper thus gives an overview of these methods, assessing and comparing their advantages and disadvantages. A particular focus is on medium power applications, which traditionally have dominated the market of synchronous generators and associated generating sets, and where significant improvements in terms of cost minimisation, power quality, and ease of design are always required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages116-121
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event10th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives, PEMD 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 15 Dec 202017 Dec 2020

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives, PEMD 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period15/12/2017/12/20

Keywords

  • Excitation system
  • Synchronous generator
  • Wireless power transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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