Control of a vapour microturbine set in cogeneration applications

ISA Trans. 2019 Nov;94:276-293. doi: 10.1016/j.isatra.2019.04.028. Epub 2019 Apr 29.


Systems with microturbines are implemented for local generation of heat and electricity. This paper presents the analysis of control concepts for a vapour microturbine set with a generator with permanent magnets, intended to work in small heat and power plants. Control system variants differed by the selection of controlled signals and set parameters. Possible ways of control were discussed and compared with experimentally determined static characteristics of the microturbine set. The simulation calculations were performed to check the control systems operation in various expected operating conditions.

Keywords: Cogeneration; Control systems; Energy systems; Microturbines; Simulations.