April 21, 2023
Conference Paper

Analyzing Distribution Transformer Degradation with Increased Power Electronic Loads


The influx of non-linear power electronic loads into the distribution network has the potential to disrupt the existing distribution transformer operations. They were not designed to mediate the excessive heating losses generated from the harmonics. To have a good understanding of current standing challenges, a knowledge of the generation and load mix as well as the current harmonic estimations are essential for designing transformers and evaluating their performance. In this paper, we investigate a mixture of essential power electronic loads for a household designed in PSCAD/EMTdc and their potential impacts on transformer eddy current losses and derating using harmonic analysis. Our findings reveal that in the presence of high power electronic loads (especially third harmonics), increasing PV generation may worsen transformer degradation. However, with a low amount of power electronic loads, additional PV generation helps to reduce the harmonic content in the current and improve transformer performance.

Published: April 21, 2023


Mitra B., A. Singhal, S. Kundu, and J.P. Ogle. 2023. Analyzing Distribution Transformer Degradation with Increased Power Electronic Loads. In IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT 2023), January 16-19, 2023, Washington, DC, 1-5. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-177443. doi:10.1109/ISGT51731.2023.10066387