Characterization of Uncertainty Contributions in a High-Accuracy PMU Validation System

The eective deployment of Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) in Distribution Networks (DNs) requires an enhancement in terms of estimation accuracy beyond the limits of IEEE Std C37.118.1 (IEEE Std), aiming at a Total Vector Error (TVE) in the order of 0.0x% in steady-state test conditions. As a consequence, a rigorous metrological characterization of PMU performance requires a validation system whose accuracy is at least one order of magnitude better than the one of the device under test, i.e. it requires a TVE in the order of 0.00x% in steady-state test conditions and 0.0x% in distorted or dynamic test conditions. In this paper, we consider the hardware and software architecture of a previously published PMU validation system specically designed for PMUs operating in DNs. In this context, we evaluate the quality of the generated test waveforms, and we carry out a thorough metrological characterization of the uncertainty contributions due to generation, acquisition and synchronization stages. In this sense, the proposed analysis provides a rigorous methodology for the evaluation of such low uncertainty levels, and enables us to identify and discuss the most challenging aspects in the implementation of a high-accuracy PMU validation system.

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Measurement, 146, November 2019, 72-86
Jun 18 2019
In collaboration with: Colangelo, Daniele (VSL) Braun, Jean-Pierre (METAS)

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