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Energies 2017, 10(10), 1589; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10101589

A Flexible Experimental Laboratory for Distributed Generation Networks Based on Power Inverters

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Department of Electronic Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia, 08800 Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain
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Department of Automatic Control, Technical University of Catalonia, 08800 Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain
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Received: 15 September 2017 / Revised: 29 September 2017 / Accepted: 1 October 2017 / Published: 13 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Control and Communication in Distributed Generation Systems)
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In the recently deregulated electricity market, distributed generation based on renewable sources is becoming more and more relevant. In this area, two main distributed scenarios are focusing the attention of recent research: grid-connected mode, where the generation sources are connected to a grid mainly supplied by big power plants, and islanded mode, where the distributed sources, energy storage devices, and loads compose an autonomous entity that in its general form can be named a microgrid. To conduct a successful research in these two scenarios, it is essential to have a flexible experimental setup. This work deals with the description of a real laboratory setup composed of four nodes that can emulate both scenarios of a distributed generation network. A comprehensive description of the hardware and software setup will be done, focusing especially in the dual-core DSP used for control purposes, which is next to the industry standards and able to emulate real complexities. A complete experimental section will show the main features of the system. View Full-Text
Keywords: distributed generation; power inverter; microgrid; voltage sag; reactive current injection; laboratory setup distributed generation; power inverter; microgrid; voltage sag; reactive current injection; laboratory setup
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Miret, J.; García de Vicuña, J.L.; Guzmán, R.; Camacho, A.; Moradi Ghahderijani, M. A Flexible Experimental Laboratory for Distributed Generation Networks Based on Power Inverters. Energies 2017, 10, 1589.

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