Evaluation of DVR Capability Enhancement -Zero Active Power Tracking Technique


This paper presents a utilization technique for enhancing the capabilities of dynamic voltage restorers (DVRs). This study aims to enhance the abilities of DVRs to maintain acceptable voltages and last longer during compensation. Both the magnitude and phase displacement angle of the synthesized DVR voltage are precisely adjusted to achieve lower power utilization. The real and reactive powers are calculated in real time in the tracking loop to achieve better conditions.

This technique results in less energy being taken out of the DC-link capacitor, resulting in smaller size requirements. The results from both the simulation and experimental tests illustrate that the proposed technique clearly achieved superior performance. The DVR’s active action period was considerably longer, with nearly 5 times the energy left in the DC-link capacitor for further compensation compared to the traditional technique. This technical merit demonstrates that DVRs could cover a wider range of voltage sags; the practicality of this idea for better utilization is better than that of existing installed DVRs.

  1. DVR capability
  2. Energy optimized
  3. Energy source
  4. Series compensator
  5. Voltage stability



Fig. 1. Circuit diagram model for simulation using MatLab/Simulink.


Fig. 2. D-axis voltages at the system (VSd), DVR (VDVRd), and load (VLd). during in-phase compensation (simulation).

Fig. 3. Q-axis voltages at the system (VSq), DVR (VDVRq), and load (VLq) during in-phase compensation (simulation).

Fig. 4. The overall three-phase voltage signals during in-phase compensation (simulation).

Fig. 5. Real power at source (PS), the DVR (PDVR) and load (PL) during in-phase compensation (simulation).

Fig. 6. The DVR DC-side voltage (VDC) during in-phase compensation (simulation).

Fig. 7. D-axis voltages at the system(VSd), DVR (VDVRd), and load (VLd) during zero-real power tracking compensation (simulation).

Fig. 8. Q-axis voltages at the system (VSq), DVR (VDVRq), and load (VLq) during zero-real power tracking compensation (simulation)..

Fig. 9. The overall three-phase voltage signals during zero-real power tracking compensation (simulation).

Fig. 10. The DVR DC-side voltage (VDC) during zero-real power tracking compensation (simulation).


 It is clear from both the simulation and experimental results illustrated in this paper that the proposed zero-real power tracking technique applied to DVR-based compensation can result in superior performance compared to the traditional in-phase technique. The experimental test results match those proposed using simulation, although some discrepancies due to the imperfect nature of the test circuit components were seen.

With the traditional in-phase technique, the compensation was performed and depended on the real power injected to the system. Then, more of the energy stored in the DC-link capacitor was utilized quickly, reaching its limitation within a shorter period. The compensation was eventually forced to stop before the entire voltage sag period was finished. When the compensation was conducted using the proposed technique, less energy was used for the converter basic switching process.

The clear advantage in terms of the voltage level at the DC-link capacitor indicates that with the proposed technique, more energy remains in the DVR (67% to 14% in the traditional in-phase technique), which guarantees the correct compensating voltage will be provided for longer periods of compensation. With this technique, none (or less) of the real power will be transferred to the system, which provides more for the DVR to cover a wider range of voltage sags, adding more flexible adaptive control to the solution of sag voltage disturbances.


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Design and Performance Analysis of Three-Phase Solar PV Integrated UPQC

IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 2017 IEEE

ABSTRACT: This paper deals with the design and performance analysis of a three-phase single stage solar photovoltaic integrated unified power quality conditioner (PV-UPQC). The PV-UPQC consists of a shunt and series connected voltage compensators connected back to back with common DC-link.The shunt compensator performs the dual function of extracting power from PV array apart from compensating for load current harmonics. An improved synchronous reference frame control based on moving average filter is used for extraction of load active current component for improved performance of the PVUPQC. The series compensator compensates for the grid side power quality problems such as grid voltage sags/swells. The compensator injects voltage in-phase/out of phase with point of common coupling (PCC) voltage during sag and swell conditions respectively. The proposed system combines both the benefits of clean energy generation along with improving power quality. The steady state and dynamic performance of the system are evaluated by simulating in Matlab-Simulink under a nonlinear load. The system performance is then verified using a scaled down laboratory prototype under a number of disturbances such as load unbalancing, PCC voltage sags/swells and irradiation variation.


  1. Power Quality
  2. Shunt compensator
  3. Series compensator
  4. UPQC
  5. Solar PV
  6. MPPT



Fig. 1. System Configuration PV-UPQC



Fig. 2. Performance of PV-UPQC under Voltage Sag and Swell Conditions

Fig. 3. Performance PV-UPQC during Load Unbalance Condition

Fig. 4. Performance PV-UPQC at Varying Irradiation Condition

Fig. 5. Load Current Harmonic Spectrum and THD

Fig. 6. Grid Current Harmonic Spectrum and THD


The design and dynamic performance of three-phase PVUPQC have been analyzed under conditions of variable irradiation and grid voltage sags/swells. The performance of the system has been validated through experimentation on scaled down laboratory prototype. It is observed that PVUPQC mitigates the harmonics caused by nonlinear load and maintains the THD of grid current under limits of IEEE-519 standard. The system is found to be stable under variation of irradiation, voltage sags/swell and load unbalance. The performance of d-q control particularly in load unbalanced condition has been improved through the use of moving average filter. It can be seen that PV-UPQC is a good solution for modern distribution system by integrating distributed generation with power quality improvement.


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