A Control Technique for Integration of DG Units to the Electrical Networks


This paper deals with a multi objective control technique for integration of distributed generation (DG) resources to the electrical power network. The proposed strategy provides compensation for active, reactive, and harmonic load current components during connection of DG link to the grid. The dynamic model of the proposed system is first elaborated in the stationary reference frame and then transformed into the synchronous orthogonal reference frame. The transformed variables are used in control of the voltage source converter as the heart of the interfacing system between DG resources and utility grid. By setting an appropriate compensation current references from the sensed load currents in control circuit loop of DG, the active, reactive, and harmonic load current components will be compensated with fast dynamic response, thereby achieving sinusoidal grid currents in phase with load voltages, while required power of the load is more than the maximum injected power of the DG to the grid. In addition, the proposed control method of this paper does not need a phase-locked loop in control circuit and has fast dynamic response in providing active and reactive power components of the grid-connected loads. The effectiveness of the proposed control technique in DG application is demonstrated with injection of maximum available power from the DG to the grid, increased power factor of the utility grid, and reduced total harmonic distortion of grid current through simulation and experimental results under steady-state and dynamic operating conditions.


  1. Digital signal processor
  2. Distributed generation (DG)
  3. Renewable energy sources
  4. Total harmonic distortion (THD)
  5. voltage source converter (VSC)




Fig. 1. General schematic diagram of the proposed control strategy for DG system.



Fig. 2. Load voltage, load, grid, and DG currents before and after connection of DG and before and after connection and disconnection of additional load into the grid.


Fig. 3. Grid, load, DG currents, and load voltage (a) before and after connection of additional load and (b) before and after disconnection of additional load.


Fig. 4. Phase-to-neutral voltage and grid current for phase (a).


Fig. 5. Reference currents track the load current (a) after interconnection of DG resources and (b) after additional load increment.


Fig. 6. Load voltage, load, grid, and DG currents during connection of DG link to the unbalanced grid voltage.


A multi objective control algorithm for the grid-connected converter-based DG interface has been proposed and presented in this paper. Flexibility of the proposed DG in both steady-state and transient operations has been verified through simulation and experimental results.

Due to sensitivity of phase-locked loop to noises and distortion, its elimination can bring benefits for robust control against distortions in DG applications. Also, the problems due to synchronization between DG and grid do not exist, and DG link can be connected to the power grid without any current overshoot. One other advantage of proposed control method is its fast dynamic response in tracking reactive power variations; the control loops of active and reactive power are considered independent. By the use of the proposed control method, DG system is introduced as a new alternative for distributed static compensator in distribution network. The results illustrate that, in all conditions, the load voltage and source current are in phase and so, by improvement of power factor at PCC, DG systems can act as power factor corrector devices. The results indicate that proposed DG system can provide required harmonic load currents in all situations. Thus, by reducing THD of source current, it can act as an active filter. The proposed control technique can be used for different types of DG resources as power quality improvement devices in a customer power distribution network.


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