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Part I of this paper describes the design and implementation of an islanding detection method based on transient signals. The proposed method utilizes discrete wavelet transform to extract features from transient current and voltage signals. A decision-tree classifier uses the energy content in the wavelet coefficients to distinguish islanding events from other transient generating events. The verification tests performed in Part I, for a two generator test system having a synchronous generator and a wind farm, showed more than 98% classification accuracy with 95% confidence and a response time of less than two cycles. In Part II, the proposed methodology is applied to an extended test system with a voltage-source converter-based dc source. The proposed relay's performance is compared with the existing passive islanding detection methods under different scenarios. Furthermore, the effect of noise on the performance of the proposed method is studied. The transient-based islanding detection methodology exhibits very high reliability and fast response compared to all other passive islanding detection methods and shows that the relay can be designed with a zero nondetection zone for a particular system.
Date of Publication: July 2012