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Inventions 2018, 3(3), 47; https://doi.org/10.3390/inventions3030047

An Improved Control Strategy for Three-Phase Power Inverters in Islanded AC Microgrids

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School of Electronic, Information and Electrical Engineering (SEIEE), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
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State Grid Wuxi Power Supply Company, Wuxi 214000, China
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Received: 7 June 2018 / Revised: 2 July 2018 / Accepted: 10 July 2018 / Published: 11 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microgrids 2018)
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Microgrids (MGs) are composed of multiple distributed generators (DGs) interfaced to micronetwork through paralleled connected power inverters (PIs). Load sharing among multiple DG units is an important task for autonomous operation of microgrids. In order to realize satisfactory power sharing and voltage regulation between DG units, different voltage droop control strategies have been reported in the literature. In the medium voltage (MV) microgrids, power sharing, and voltage regulation often deteriorate due to dependence on nontrivial feeder impedances. The conventional control strategies are subject to steady-state active and reactive power-sharing errors along with system voltage and frequency deviations. Furthermore, complex microgrid configurations either in looped or meshed networks often make power balancing and voltage regulations more challenging. This paper presents an improved control strategy that can be extended for radial networks in order to enhance the accuracy of power sharing and voltage regulation. The proposed control strategy considers load voltage magnitude regulation as opposed the voltage regulation at inverters terminals. At the same time, a supervisory control loop is added to observe and correct system frequency deviations. This proposed method is aimed at replacing paralleled inverter control methods hitherto used. Simulation studies of the proposed scheme in comparison with the conventional control strategy in MATLAB/Simulink validate the effectiveness of the proposed strategy. View Full-Text
Keywords: AC microgrids; power-sharing; distributed generation (DG); smart grid; voltage regulation; frequency regulation; voltage source inverters AC microgrids; power-sharing; distributed generation (DG); smart grid; voltage regulation; frequency regulation; voltage source inverters
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Khan, M.Z.; Khan, M.M.; Jiang, H.; Hashmi, K.; Shahid, M.U. An Improved Control Strategy for Three-Phase Power Inverters in Islanded AC Microgrids. Inventions 2018, 3, 47.

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