The University of Auckland

Project #107: Fault Induced Delayed Voltage Recovery in Active Electricity Distribution Networks



Fault Induced Delayed Voltage Recovery (FIDVR) is a well-understood issue with various solution strategies known for transmission systems.

Due to  well established IEC 61850 implementation methods, smarter solutions for FIDVR are now deployed in transmission networks across the world.

However, for distribution networks, FIDVR impacts on protection has been primarily around delayed over-current operation.  Active distribution network operation is proliferating across the globe with large-scale penetrations of PV, Battery, EV and other distributed energy technologies which primarily has an inverter-interface at the Point of Common Coupling (PCC) to the grid.  This project will look towards assessing if FIDVR phenomenon has become pronounced due to "Low Voltage Ride Through" (LVRT) and "High Voltage Ride Through (HVRT) grid codes being proposed for Smart Inverter operation during distribution grid disturbances. 

Solutions to these using IEC 61850 based solutions like R-GOOSE and novel protection algorithms/implementation will also need to be investigated.

UoA Power Systems Group (PSG) have carried out several IEC 61850 based projects with New Zealand distribution  utilities in the past and these entities will be supporting the development of the prototype solutions. In particular Transpower and Vector protection engineer's will be providing their inputs along with active support from PSG PhD's and postdoc's actively researching in Smart Grid projects. 


- Complete a comprehensive assessment of technicalities, issues, modelling  and use-cases of FIDVR possibilities in Active Distribution Networks
-         Propose a scalable, coordinated and secure FIDVR solution methods using IEC 61850 IEDs used in the industry and develop a prototype solution in the Power system lab.


ELECTENG 731 necessary.  ELECTENG 703 preferable.








Lab allocations have not been finalised