Robust control scheme for a microgrid with PFC capacitor connected

Li, Yun Wei, Vilathgamuwa, D. Mahinda, & Loh, Poh Chiang (2007) Robust control scheme for a microgrid with PFC capacitor connected. IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 43(5), pp. 1172-1182.

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Capacitors are widely used for power-factor correction (PFC) in power systems. When a PFC capacitor is installed with a certain load in a microgrid, it may be in parallel with the filter capacitor of the inverter interfacing the utility grid and the local distributed-generation unit and, thus, change the effective filter capacitance. Another complication is the possibility of occurrence of resonance in the microgrid. This paper conducts an in-depth investigation of the effective shunt-filter-capacitance variation and resonance phenomena in a microgrid due to a connection of a PFC capacitor. To compensate the capacitance-parameter variation, an Hinfin controller is designed for the voltage-source- inverter voltage control. By properly choosing the weighting functions, the synthesized Hinfin controller would exhibit high gains at the vicinity of the line frequency, similar to traditional high- performance P+ resonant controller and, thus, would possess nearly zero steady-state error. However, with the robust Hinfin controller, it will be possible to explicitly specify the degree of robustness in face of parameter variations. Furthermore, a thorough investigation is carried out to study the performance of inner current-loop feedback variables under resonance conditions. It reveals that filter-inductor current feedback is more effective in damping the resonance. This resonance can be further attenuated by employing the dual-inverter microgrid conditioner and controlling the series inverter as a virtual resistor affecting only harmonic components without interference with the fundamental power flow. And finally, the study in this paper has been tested experimentally using an experimental microgrid prototype.

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ID Code: 74244
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Distributed generation (DG), H∞ control, Microgrids, Power-factor-correction (PFC) capacitor, Resonance attenuation
DOI: 10.1109/TIA.2007.904388
ISSN: 0093-9994
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 IEEE
Deposited On: 22 Jul 2014 23:14
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2014 23:31

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