Automatic droop control for a low voltage DC Microgrid

ABSTRACT

A DC microgrid (DC-MG) provides an effective mean to integrate various sources, energy storage units and loads at a common dc-side. The droop-based, in the context of a decentralized control, has been widely used for the control of the DC-MG. However, the conventional droop control cannot achieve both accurate current sharing and desired voltage regulation. This study proposes a new adaptive control method for DC-MG applications which satisfies both accurate current sharing and acceptable voltage regulation depending on the loading condition. At light load conditions where the output currents of the DG units are well below the maximum limits, the accuracy of the current sharing process is not an issue. As the load increases, the output currents of the DG units increase and under heavy load conditions accurate current sharing is necessary. The proposed control method increases the equivalent droop gains as the load level increases and achieves accurate current sharing. This study evaluates the performance and stability of the proposed method based on a linearised model and verifies the results by digital time-domain simulation and hardware-based experiments.

 

SOFTWARE: MATLAB/SIMULINK

 

BLOCK DIAGRAM:

Fig. 1 Simplified DC-MG with two DG units

 

EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS:

 

Fig. 2 Output currents of the DG units obtained in Simulation Results

a Conventional droop control method with small droop gains

b Conventional droop control method with large droop gains

c Proposed method

 

 

Fig. 3 Output voltages of the DG units obtained in Simulation Results

a Conventional droop control method with small droop gains

b Conventional droop control method with large droop gains

c Proposed method

 

CONCLUSION

This paper presents a new control scheme for DC-MG without using any communication links. In the conventional droop control, small droop gains result in good voltage regulation but inaccurate current sharing, and large droop gains result in accurate current sharing but unacceptable voltage regulation. To overcome this drawback, a new control method is proposed in which the equivalent droop gains automatically change based on the loading condition. The simulation results show and the experimental results verify that by adaptively changing the droop gains according to the load size, both accurate current sharing and desirable voltage regulation are achieved.

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