I'm about to finish a generator-alternator setup which will generate 9-phase AC electricity at (as yet unknown) very high voltage, most likely around 4800V. I'm not sure what the frequency will be, as I'm going by trial and error in areas, but I think much higher than the 50Hz required for UK mains electricity.
I need the final result to be a smooth-enough flow of AC electricity at 240V with a frequency of 50Hz. At the moment, I think the below would do it but I was wondering if there are any simpler and/or more energy-efficient ways of doing this:
- The alternator produces (for example) 4800V at a frequency much higher than 50Hz (I'm estimating 400Hz based on the likely RPM of the alternator). It is very likely that both the voltage and the frequency will fluctuate significantly.
- This is passed through a number of step-down iron-core transformers so that the voltage is now fluctuating around 240V AC.
- A voltage regulator (most likely from a car's alternator) then smooths out the voltage to as close to 240V AC as possible.
- A silicon-controlled rectifier (thyristor) converts the flow to DC, preferably at the same voltage.
- A capacitor (or more than one if required) is connected to smooth out the DC signal.
- A 6, 12 or 18-pulse inverter then converts the DC signal back to AC to be fed into the grid.
- Another voltage regulator and/or transformer could be fitted just before the grid tie-in point, if the voltage were not yet stable enough at 240V.
I'm very much learning as I go and may have misunderstood a number of points, but from the research I've done, I'm left with the following questions:
- I presume that by generating 9-phase AC electricity, I am still able to 'merge' the phases such that there will be 3 bigger phases? UK mains electricity is naturally 3-phase and, as such, that's what will need to be fed into the grid.
- Is a voltage regulator (I've found a supplier of 250V ones) suited for what I'm intending to use it for?
- How can I tell what the frequency of the AC current will be once it's inverted back from DC?
- Are there any steps that could or should be altered to make the whole process more efficient?
Much thanks for any and all advice!