Analysis of transient overvoltage phenomena due to direct lightning strikes on wind turbine blade

Newman Malcolm, R. K. Aggarwal

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The paper deals with transient overvoltage analysis of wind turbines under lightning strikes; with particular emphasis on low voltage surge mitigation, using metal oxide surge arresters. Lightning protection of modern wind turbines involves equipping the blades with metal receptors and internal down-conductors. However, there is still uncertainty in the behavior of such system under lightning strikes, specifically on wind turbines located in areas with high keraunic levels and high soil resistivity. The Electromagnetic Transient ProgramAlternative Transient Program (EMTP-ATP) software package was used to model a section of an existing wind farm, as a test system under lightning strikes; to determine the transient voltage develops at the top of the stricken tower and propagates to the low-voltage network of nearby turbines, when a wind turbine' blade is struck by lightning. The results show that low voltage surge arresters are necessary in wind turbines, in reducing transient overvoltages in the low voltage network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPES General meeting/conference and Exposition 2014 IEEE
Place of PublicationWashington DC, U. S. A
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventPES General Meeting/ Conference & Exposition, 2014 IEEE - National Harbor, USA United States
Duration: 27 Jul 201431 Jul 2014

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NamePES General Meeting | Conference & Exposition, 2014 IEEE


ConferencePES General Meeting/ Conference & Exposition, 2014 IEEE
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CityNational Harbor


  • Electromagnetic transient program
  • Lightning strokes
  • Surge protection devices
  • Wind turbine


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