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An Improved Droop-Based Control Strategy for MT-HVDC Systems

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Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON N9B 1K3, Canada
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Electrical and Cosmputer Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
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Electronics 2020, 9(1), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9010087
Received: 15 November 2019 / Revised: 12 December 2019 / Accepted: 12 December 2019 / Published: 1 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Power Electronics)
This paper presents an improved droop-based control strategy for the active and reactive power-sharing on the large-scale Multi-Terminal High Voltage Direct Current (MT-HVDC) systems. As droop parameters enforce the stability of the DC grid, and allow the MT-HVDC systems to participate in the AC voltage and frequency regulation of the different AC systems interconnected by the DC grids, a communication-free control method to optimally select the droop parameters, consisting of AC voltage-droop, DC voltage-droop, and frequency-droop parameters, is investigated to balance the power in MT-HVDC systems and minimize AC voltage, DC voltage, and frequency deviations. A five-terminal Voltage-Sourced Converter (VSC)-HVDC system is modeled and analyzed in EMTDC/PSCAD and MATLAB software. Different scenarios are investigated to check the performance of the proposed droop-based control strategy. The simulation results show that the proposed droop-based control strategy is capable of sharing the active and reactive power, as well as regulating the AC voltage, DC voltage, and frequency of AC/DC grids in case of sudden changes, without the need for communication infrastructure. The simulation results confirm the robustness and effectiveness of the proposed droop-based control strategy. View Full-Text
Keywords: Improved Droop-Based Control Strategy; AC Voltage Control; DC Voltage Control; Frequency Control; Multi-Terminal High Voltage Direct Current (MT-HVDC) Systems; Voltage-Sourced Converter (VSC)-High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Station Improved Droop-Based Control Strategy; AC Voltage Control; DC Voltage Control; Frequency Control; Multi-Terminal High Voltage Direct Current (MT-HVDC) Systems; Voltage-Sourced Converter (VSC)-High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Station
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Mohammadi, F.; Nazri, G.-A.; Saif, M. An Improved Droop-Based Control Strategy for MT-HVDC Systems. Electronics 2020, 9, 87.

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