A new topology of a hybrid distributed generator based on photovoltaic and wind-driven permanent magnet synchronous generator is proposed. In this generator, the sources are connected together to the grid with the help of only a single boost converter followed by an inverter. Thus, compared to earlier schemes, the proposed scheme has fewer power converters. A model of the proposed scheme in the d − q-axis reference frame is developed. Two low-cost controllers are also proposed for the new hybrid scheme to separately trigger the dc–dc converter and the inverter for tracking the maximum power from both sources. The integrated operations of both proposed controllers for different conditions are demonstrated through simulation and experimentation. The steady-state performance of the system and the transient response of the controllers are also presented to demonstrate the successful operation of the new hybrid system. Comparisons of experimental and simulation results are given to validate the simulation model.
- Grid-connected hybrid system
- Hybrid distributed generators (DGs)
- Smart grid
- Wind-driven PMSG–PV
Fig. 1. Proposed DG system based on PMSG–PV sources.
EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS:
Fig. 2. DC link steady-state waveforms. (a) Experimental (voltage—50 V/div, current—10 A/div, and time—500 ms/div). (b) Simulated (voltage—20 V/div, current—5 A/div, and time—500 ms/div.
Fig. 3. Steady-state grid voltage and current waveforms. (a) Experimental (voltage—50 V/div, current—10 A/div, and time—20 ms/div). (b) Simulated (voltage—50 V/div, current—5 A/div, and time— 20 ms/div).
Fig.4. Transient response for a step change in PMSG shaft speed. (a) Changes in rectifier output voltage and duty cycle of the boost converter. (b) Changes in dc-link voltage and current. (c) Changes in grid current.
A new reliable hybrid DG system based on PV and wind driven PMSG as sources, with only a boost converter followed by an inverter stage, has been successfully implemented. The mathematical model developed for the proposed DG scheme has been used to study the system performance in MATLAB. The investigations carried out in a laboratory prototype for different irradiations and PMSG shaft speeds amply confirm the utility of the proposed hybrid generator in zero-net-energy buildings. In addition, it has been established through experimentation and simulation that the two controllers, digital MPPT controller and hysteresis current controller, which are designed specifically for the proposed system, have exactly tracked the maximum powers from both sources. Maintenance-free operation, reliability, and low cost are the features required for the DG employed in secondary distribution systems. It is for this reason that the developed controllers employ very low cost microcontrollers and analog circuitry. Furthermore, the results of the experimental investigations are found to be matching closely with the simulation results, thereby validating the developed model. The steady state waveforms captured at the grid side show that the power generated by the DG system is fed to the grid at unity power factor. The voltage THD and the current THD of the generator meet the required power quality norms recommended by IEEE. The proposed scheme easily finds application for erection at domestic consumer sites in a smart grid scenario.
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