Symmetric-component decoupled control of grid-connected inverters for voltage unbalance correction and harmonic compensation

Ya Zhang (Corresponding author), Maurice Roes, Marcel Hendrix, Jorge Duarte

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In this paper, a strategy is investigated for control of distributed generators to additionally support the local grid on top of conventional electricity generation. The strategy decouples unbalance and harmonic compensation in the phase sequences and the frequency domain for a grid-connected inverter with local unbalanced and distorting loads. Unlike conventional control schemes for grid-connected converters, the proposed strategy is designed to be sequence-asymmetric for the purpose of unbalanced and harmonic local voltage correction. A frequency-domain Norton equivalent model is derived to illustrate the working principle of the strategy. Accordingly, it is shown that following a frequency-domain decoupled method the fundamental positive-sequence, the harmonic symmetrical sequence, the fundamental zero-sequence and the fundamental negative-sequence components can be regulated independently. Consistent to the model analysis, experiments validate the reduction of the local voltage total harmonic distortion and unbalanced factor when the converter is programmed for both harmonic sinking and voltage unbalance correction.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105490
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


FundersFunder number
European Union's Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme783174
Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership


    • Compensation
    • Control
    • Grid-interactive power converters
    • Harmonics
    • Voltage unbalance


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