Using a fuzzy inference system to control a pumped storage hydro plant

David J. King, David A. Bradley, S. P. Mansoor, D. I. Jones, F. C. Aris, G. R. Jones

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The paper discusses the development of a fuzzy inference system (FIS) based governor control for a pumped storage hydroelectric plant. The First Hydro Company's plant at Dinorwig in North Wales is the largest of its kind in Europe and is mainly used for frequency control of the UK electrical grid. In previous investigations, a detailed model of the plant was developed using MATLAB(R)/SIMULINK(R) and this is now being used to compare FIS governor operation with the proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller currently used. The paper describes the development of an FIS governor, and shows that its response to a step increase in load is superior to the PID under certain conditions of load. The paper proceeds to discuss the implications of these results in view of the possible practical application of an FIS governor at the Dinorwig plant.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)078037293X
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Event10th IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems - University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2 Dec 20015 Dec 2001
Conference number: 10


Conference10th IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems


  • Control engineering computing
  • Digital simulation
  • Frequency control
  • Fuzzy control
  • Inference mechanisms
  • Power engineering computing
  • Power generation control
  • Power plants
  • Pumped-storage power stations
  • Three-term control


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