Investigations into the Impact of Electricity System Requirements on the Design of Powerformer

In 1998, ASEA-Brown Bovery (ABB), unveiled a new type of generator capable of producing electricity directly at transmission voltages as high as 400kv. ABB has named the new high voltage generator the 'PowerformerTM'. The main aim of the project was to carry out technical studies of the interaction between the Powerformer and electricity systems, with particular reference to Queensland and national systems. The research aimed:

  • To determine how the Powerformer's parameters may be designed and chosen to assist system reliability and security, especially in the area of voltage stability
  • To investigate how the introduction of Powerformer affect the performance of the whole system under fault conditions, with the ultimate goal being the selection of optimal design characteristics for application of Powerformer in Queensland
  • To complete cost-benefit studies for Powerformer in the Queensland system, based on outcomes of the preceding two areas of work


Funding: Australian Research Council SPIRT Scheme
Project Partners: 
  • Powerlink
  • ABB
  • Alstom Power
  • Tarong Energy
  • Stanwell Corp
  • CS Energy
  • The University of Queensland
Status: Completed


Chief Investigator/s: 
  • Professor Tapan Saha
  • Emeritus Professor Mat Darveniza
Research Staff: 
  • Dr Craig Aumuller
  • Dr John McDonald
  • Dr Tika Limbu