Patents by Inventor Søren Andersen

Søren Andersen has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10700624
    Abstract: A method of controlling a wind turbine generator (1) comprising an electrical generator (10) and a power converter (12), the power converter (12) comprising an electrical switch (14a, 14b) that is configured to process electrical power produced by the electrical generator (10), the method comprising: controlling an output from the electrical switch (14a, 14b) using a variable pulse-width modulated control signal, thereby to control characteristics of output power from the power converter (12); acquiring sample data (26) relating to an electronic signal within the wind turbine generator (1), wherein the sample data (26) is used for controlling the wind turbine generator (1); and dynamically adjusting a frequency (30) at which the sample data is acquired to synchronise data acquisition with a carrier frequency (24) of the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Gert Karmisholt Andersen, Kent Tange, Søren Andersen, Duy Duc Doan, Jens Peter Biltoft, Lars Helle, John Godsk Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10601310
    Abstract: A power generation system, wind turbine, and method of pulse width modulation (PWM) for power converters are disclosed. The method generally includes generating a substantially random distribution of timing values, applying a filter to the random distribution to produce a modified random distribution, and delivering PWM timing signals based on the modified random distribution to the power converters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Søren Andersen, Duy Duc Doan, Gert Karmisholt Andersen, Thomas Drljevic-Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10590914
    Abstract: A method, converter arrangement, and controller are disclosed for connecting an output of a converter with an electrical grid to control inrush currents into a grid filter assembly connected with the output of the converter, the electrical grid carrying an alternating current (AC) signal having one or more phases. The method includes determining a voltage of the AC signal and operating, after pre-charging a direct current (DC) link of the converter to a predetermined voltage, the converter using open-loop voltage control to produce an AC output signal that substantially matches the AC signal of the electrical grid. The open-loop voltage control is based on the determined voltage of the AC signal. The method further includes closing, after a predetermined amount of time of operating the converter using the open-loop voltage control, a switching device to thereby connect the output of the converter with the electrical grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Tusitha Abeyasekera, Duy Duc Doan, Gert Karmisholt Andersen, Lars Helle, Søren Andersen, Tune Pedersen, John Godsk Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10483865
    Abstract: A wind turbine generator 1 supplies three-phase a.c. current of variable voltage and variable frequency to two pairs of rectifiers 4a, 4b and 4c, 4d which generate respective d.c. outputs connected to positive, negative and neutral d.c. conductors 6, 7, 8. The outputs from each pair of rectifiers are connected together, and the outputs from the two pairs are connected in series to create a high-voltage d.c. output. Inverters 10a, 10b, 10c, 10d then convert the d.c. power to a.c. at a fixed frequency and voltage suitable for connection to the mains grid. To reduce the effect of common-mode noise, a capacitor is connected between the 1 neutral conductor 7 and earth, and a respective filter circuit 30 is connected between each of the a.c. outputs of the inverters 10a, 10b, 10c, 10d and earth. To reduce the effect of voltage surges during lightning, a surge protection device is also connected between the neutral d.c. conductor 7 and earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Tusitha Abeyasekera, Duy Duc Doan, Lars Helle, Allan Holm Jørgensen, John Godsk Nielsen, Søren Andersen
  • Publication number: 20190181787
    Abstract: A method of controlling a wind turbine generator (1) comprising an electrical generator (10) and a power converter (12), the power converter (12) comprising an electrical switch (14a, 14b) that is configured to process electrical power produced by the electrical generator (10), the method comprising: controlling an output from the electrical switch (14a, 14b) using a variable pulse-width modulated control signal, thereby to control characteristics of output power from the power converter (12); acquiring sample data (26) relating to an electronic signal within the wind turbine generator (1), wherein the sample data (26) is used for controlling the wind turbine generator (1); and dynamically adjusting a frequency (30) at which the sample data is acquired to synchronise data acquisition with a carrier frequency (24) of the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Gert Karmisholt ANDERSEN, Kent TANGE, Søren ANDERSEN, Duy Duc DOAN, Jens Peter BILTOFT, Lars HELLE, John Godsk NIELSEN
  • Patent number: 10298140
    Abstract: A method of controlling a full-scale converter system in which both the grid-side inverter unit and the generator-side inverter unit have a series-connection of parallel inverters and form a generator-side and grid-side voltage-center-point at a voltage level between the inverters connected in series. The voltage-center-points are electrically connected by a center-line conductor. Conversion operation with a de-rated maximum active power-output is performed in response to at least one of (i) the grid-side inverter and (ii) the generator-side inverter of the first converter-string being disabled, by disabling active power production of at least one of (i) the grid-side inverter and (ii) the generator-side inverter of the second converter-string, or correspondingly reducing active power production of the second converter-string, thereby preventing a compensation current along the center-line conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: John Godsk Nielsen, Søren Andersen, Lars Helle, Duy Duc Doan
  • Patent number: 10250042
    Abstract: A wind turbine converter system with a rectifier and an inverter and a converter controller has at least first and second converter strings. The converter system is controlled by a master-converter controller and a slave-converter controller. The master-converter controller controls the first converter string and the slave-converter controller controls the second converter string. The master-converter controller receives commands from a superordinate wind turbine controller, provides the slave-converter controller with string-control commands on the basis of the superordinate control commands, and controls the conversion operation of the first converter string on the basis of the superordinate control command. The slave-converter controller receives the string-control commands from the master-converter controller and controls the conversion operation of the second converter string on the basis of the string-control commands received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Tusitha Abeyasekera, Duy Duc Doan, Lars Helle, Søren Andersen, John Godsk Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10236810
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a split wind-turbine-converter system with at least one generator-side converter and at least one grid-side converter arranged at distant locations, and a DC-link in the form of an elongated conductor arrangement with at least one positive and at least one negative conductor. The impedance of the DC-link conductor arrangement is determined by means of DC-voltage sensors. The voltages between the positive and the negative conductors are determined at the generator-side converter and at the grid-side converter, and the difference between the voltages is determined. The impedance of the DC-link conductor arrangement is determined by putting the determined voltage difference in relation to the DC current flowing through the DC-link conductor arrangement. If the impedance exceeds a given impedance threshold a fault state is recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Søren Andersen, John Godsk Nielsen, Duy Duc Doan
  • Patent number: 10236687
    Abstract: In a full-scale converter system both the grid-side inverter unit and the generator-side inverter unit have a series convection of parallel inverters and form a generator-side and grid-side voltage-center-point at a voltage level between those of the inverters connected in series. The voltage-center-points are electrically connected by a center-line conductor that has a cross-section between 30% and 70% of that of a positive or negative potential conductor. The converter system continues conversion operation in the event of a fault in an inverter of a first converter-string, with non-faulty inverters of the converter system, as the center-line conductor is dimensioned by said cross-section to carry a compensation current resulting from an unbalanced active power-output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: John Godsk Nielsen, Søren Andersen, Lars Helle, Duy Duc Doan
  • Patent number: 10236686
    Abstract: Techniques are described for operating a wind power facility in order to provide reactive power support to a power grid. The wind power facility may be a wind turbine or a wind power plant. An exemplary method includes increasing an amount of reactive power injected into the power grid, decreasing an amount of active power injected into the power grid by a certain amount, and dissipating and/or storing substantially the certain amount of active power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: John Godsk Nielsen, Søren Andersen, Duy Duc Doan, Lars Helle
  • Publication number: 20180335017
    Abstract: A method for controlling a wind turbine system including an electrical generator, a power converter system, a DC-link, and at least a grid-side breaker arrangement controllable between open and closed states, wherein the method comprises monitoring for the presence of a shutdown event and, in response to identifying the presence of a shutdown event, controlling the wind turbine into a production-ready state, comprising: i) controlling the grid-side breaker arrangement in the closed state; ii) disabling one or more drive signals to the power converter system; and iii) controlling the DC-link of the power converter system in a charged state. Advantageously, this approach reduces the frequency of use of the grid-side breaker arrangement which extends serviceable life considerably, and also allows the wind turbine system to be transitioned rapidly between an operating state and a production-ready state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: John Godsk NIELSEN, Duy Duc DOAN, Søren ANDERSEN, Gert Karmisholt ANDERSEN
  • Patent number: 10135354
    Abstract: A method of setting a reference DC-link voltage of a wind-turbine converter system is provided. At least at least one DC voltage demand from at least one generator-side inverter and at least one DC voltage demand are received from at least one grid-side inverter. A generator-side DC voltage demand value on the basis of the at least one DC voltage demand received from the at least one generator-side inverter. Also a grid-side DC voltage demand value is determined on the basis of the at least one DC voltage demand received from the at least one grid-side inverter. The highest DC voltage demand value out of the generator-side and grid-side DC voltage demand values is chosen. This chosen value corresponds to the set reference DC-link voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Søren Andersen, Gert Karmisholt Andersen, Duy Duc Doan, John Godsk Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20180123470
    Abstract: A method of controlling a full-scale converter system in which both the grid-side inverter unit and the generator-side inverter unit have a series-connection of parallel inverters and form a generator-side and grid-side voltage-center-point at a voltage level between the inverters connected in series. The voltage-center-points are electrically connected by a center-line conductor. Conversion operation with a de-rated maximum active power-output is performed in response to at least one of (i) the grid-side inverter and (ii) the generator-side inverter of the first converter-string being disabled, by disabling active power production of at least one of (i) the grid-side inverter and (ii) the generator-side inverter of the second converter-string, or correspondingly reducing active power production of the second converter-string, thereby preventing a compensation current along the center-line conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: John Godsk NIELSEN, Søren ANDERSEN, Lars HELLE, Duy Duc DOAN
  • Publication number: 20180112647
    Abstract: A method, converter arrangement, and controller are disclosed for connecting an output of a converter with an electrical grid to control inrush currents into a grid filter assembly connected with the output of the converter, the electrical grid carrying an alternating current (AC) signal having one or more phases. The method includes determining a voltage of the AC signal and operating, after pre-charging a direct current (DC) link of the converter to a predetermined voltage, the converter using open-loop voltage control to produce an AC output signal that substantially matches the AC signal of the electrical grid. The open-loop voltage control is based on the determined voltage of the AC signal. The method further includes closing, after a predetermined amount of time of operating the converter using the open-loop voltage control, a switching device to thereby connect the output of the converter with the electrical grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Tusitha ABEYASEKERA, Duy Duc DOAN, Gert Karmisholt ANDERSEN, Lars HELLE, Søren ANDERSEN, Tune Pedersen, John Godsk Nielen
  • Publication number: 20180115163
    Abstract: In a full-scale converter system both the grid-side inverter unit and the generator-side inverter unit have a series convection of parallel inverters and form a generator-side and grid-side voltage-center-point at a voltage level between those of the inverters connected in series. The voltage-center-points are electrically connected by a center-line conductor that has a cross-section between 30% and 70% of that of a positive or negative potential conductor. The converter system continues conversion operation in the event of a fault in an inverter of a first converter-string, with non-faulty inverters of the converter system, as the center-line conductor is dimensioned by said cross-section to carry a compensation current resulting from an unbalanced active power-output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: John Godsk NIELSEN, Søren ANDERSEN, Lars HELLE, Duy Duc DOAN
  • Publication number: 20170373625
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a split wind-turbine-converter system with at least one generator-side converter and at least one grid-side converter arranged at distant locations, and a DC-link in the form of an elongated conductor arrangement with at least one positive and at least one negative conductor. The impedance of the DC-link conductor arrangement is determined by means of DC-voltage sensors. The voltages between the positive and the negative conductors are determined at the generator-side converter and at the grid-side converter, and the difference between the voltages is determined. The impedance of the DC-link conductor arrangement is determined by putting the determined voltage difference in relation to the DC current flowing through the DC-link conductor arrangement. If the impedance exceeds a given impedance threshold a fault state is recognized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Søren ANDERSEN, John Godsk NIELSEN, Duy Duc DOAN
  • Publication number: 20170358997
    Abstract: A method of setting a reference DC-link voltage of a wind-turbine converter system is provided. At least at least one DC voltage demand from at least one generator-side inverter and at least one DC voltage demand are received from at least one grid-side inverter. A generator-side DC voltage demand value on the basis of the at least one DC voltage demand received from the at least one generator-side inverter. Also a grid-side DC voltage demand value is determined on the basis of the at least one DC voltage demand received from the at least one grid-side inverter. The highest DC voltage demand value out of the generator-side and grid-side DC voltage demand values is chosen. This chosen value corresponds to the set reference DC-link voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Søren ANDERSEN, Gert Karmisholt ANDERSEN, Duy Duc DOAN, John Godsk NIELSEN
  • Publication number: 20170331295
    Abstract: A wind turbine converter system with a rectifier and an inverter and a converter controller has at least first and second converter strings. The converter system is controlled by a master-converter controller and a slave-converter controller. The master-converter controller controls the first converter string and the slave-converter controller controls the second converter string. The master-converter controller receives commands from a superordinate wind turbine controller, provides the slave-converter controller with string-control commands on the basis of the superordinate control commands, and controls the conversion operation of the first converter string on the basis of the superordinate control command. The slave-converter controller receives the string-control commands from the master-converter controller and controls the conversion operation of the second converter string on the basis of the string-control commands received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Tusitha ABEYASEKERA, Duy Duc DOAN, Lars HELLE, Søren ANDERSEN, John Godsk NIELSEN
  • Publication number: 20170264188
    Abstract: A power generation system, wind turbine, and method of pulse width modulation (PWM) for power converters are disclosed. The method generally includes generating a substantially random distribution of timing values, applying a filter to the random distribution to produce a modified random distribution, and delivering PWM ing signals based on the modified random distribution to the power converters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Søren ANDERSEN, Duy Duc DOAN, Gert Karmisholt ANDERSEN, Thomas DRLJEVIC-NIELSEN
  • Publication number: 20170244251
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for operating a wind power facility in order to provide reactive power support to a power grid, the method comprising the step of increasing an amount of reactive power injected into the power grid, decreasing an amount of active power injected into the power grid by a certain amount, and dissipating and/or storing essentially said certain amount of active power in power dissipation and/or power storage means. The wind power facility may comprise a wind turbine or a wind power plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: John Godsk NIELSEN, Søren ANDERSEN, Duy Duc DOAN, Lars HELLE