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Active and Reactive Power Control of a PV Generator for Grid Code Compliance

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Department of Electrical Engineering, Universidad Técnica del Norte. Av. 17 de Julio, Ibarra 100107, Ecuador
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Department d’Enginyeria Elèctrica, Centre d’Innovació Tecnològica en Convertidors Estàtics i Accionamients (CITCEA-UPC), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC. Av. Diagonal 647, Pl. 2., 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Energies 2019, 12(20), 3872; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12203872
Received: 4 September 2019 / Revised: 28 September 2019 / Accepted: 2 October 2019 / Published: 12 October 2019
As new grid codes have been created to permit the integration of large scale photovoltaic power plants into the transmission system, the enhancement of the local control of the photovoltaic (PV) generators is necessary. Thus, the objective of this paper is to present a local controller of active and reactive power to comply the new requirements asked by the transmission system operators despite the variation of ambient conditions without using extra devices. For this purpose, the control considers the instantaneous capability curves of the PV generator which vary due to the change of solar irradiance, temperature, dc voltage and modulation index. To validate the control, the PV generator is modeled in DIgSILENT PowerFactory ® and tested under different ambient conditions. The results show that the control developed can modify the active and reactive power delivered to the desired value at different solar irradiance and temperature. View Full-Text
Keywords: PV generators; active power; reactive power; Renewable energy; grid codes; capability curves PV generators; active power; reactive power; Renewable energy; grid codes; capability curves
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Cabrera-Tobar, A.; Bullich-Massagué, E.; Aragüés-Peñalba, M.; Gomis-Bellmunt, O. Active and Reactive Power Control of a PV Generator for Grid Code Compliance. Energies 2019, 12, 3872.

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