Date of Award


Degree Type



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Villaseca, F. Eugenio

Subject Headings

Synchrocyclotrons, Electric power systems -- Control, Static Var Control, SVC, Synchrophasors


It is widely understood that as fuel and energy prices continue to increase, new and innovative ways of becoming more energy efficient will be required. This couldn't be more apparent than in industry, where every decision is constrained by economics. Power factor correction is a cost effective way for industry to have economically sound improvements with maximum efficiency benefits. It is proposed that in large industrial systems, where an SVC (Static Var Control) system could be used, synchrophasor measurements could also be used to control the SVC and provide enhanced historical analysis. Currently, many protective relays used in industry provided by SEL (Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories) already have this capability built-in. While synchrophasor measurement technology is still relatively unknown, they are a powerful tool that could greatly increase power system control, efficiency and historical data analysis