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Wireless control and measurement system for a hydropower generator with brushless exciter

By Fredrik Evestedt


Hydropower has been around for more than a century and is considered a mature technology, but with recent advancements in power electronics and simulation capability new exciting ways to increase efficiency and reliability is possible. At Uppsala University a brushless exciter has been constructed for the experimental test rig, SVANTE. Power electronics are mounted on the shaft for control of the generator's excitation current. In addition a wireless control and measurement system is needed to provide the desired switching patterns to the power electronics and to evaluate performance of the system. In this thesis a shaft mounted embedded system for control and measurement is constructed as well as magnetic field sensors with measurement range up to 700mT. The computational power comes from a National Instruments sbRIO-9606. The system has 14 individual totem pole power electronics driving channels, 48 analog input channels for current signals and it communicates wirelessly through a bluetooth connection. The system is tested and works satisfactory but has not been mounted on the rotating side of the generator due to delays in the manufacturing

Topics: brushless exciter, magnetic field measurement, wireless communication, printed circuit board, hydropower
Publisher: Uppsala universitet, Elektricitetslära
Year: 2015
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