A distribution static compensator (DSTATCOM) is used for load voltage regulation and its performance mainly depends upon the feeder impedance and its nature (resistive, inductive, stiff, non-stiff). However, a study for analyzing voltage regulation performance of DSTATCOM depending upon network parameters is not well defined. This paper aims to provide a comprehensive study of design, operation, and flexible control of a DSTATCOM operating in voltage control mode. A detailed analysis of the voltage regulation capability of DSTATCOM under various feeder impedances is presented. Then, a benchmark design procedure to compute the value of external inductor is presented. A dynamic reference load voltage generation scheme is also developed which allows DSTATCOM to compensate load reactive power during normal operation, in addition to providing voltage support during disturbances. Simulation and experimental results validate the effectiveness of the proposed scheme.
- Distribution static compensator (DSTATCOM)
- Current control
- Voltage control
- Power factor
- Power quality
EQUIVALENT CIRCUIT DIAGRAM:
Fig. 1. Three phase equivalent circuit of DSTATCOM topology in distribution system.
EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS:
Fig. 2. Voltage regulation performance of conventional DSTATCOM with resistive feeder. (a) PCC voltages. (b) Load Voltages. (c) Source currents. (d) Filter currents. (e) Load currents.
Fig. 3. Simulation results. (a) During normal operation (i)-(v). (b) During voltage sag (vi)-(x). (c) During voltage swell (xi)-(xv).
This paper has presented design, operation, and control of a DSTATCOM operating in voltage control mode (VCM). After providing a detailed exploration of voltage regulation capability of DSTATCOM under various feeder scenarios, a benchmark design procedure for selecting suitable value of external inductor is proposed. An algorithm is formulated for dynamic reference load voltage magnitude generation. The DSTATCOM has improved voltage regulation capability with a reduced current rating VSI, reduced losses in the VSI and feeder. Also, dynamic reference load voltage generation scheme allows DSTATCOM to set different constant reference voltage during voltage disturbances. Simulation and experimental results validate the effectiveness of the proposed solution. The external inductor is a very simple and cheap solution for improving the voltage regulation, however it remains connected throughout the operation and continuous voltage drop across it occurs. The future work includes operation of this fixed inductor as a controlled reactor so that its effect can be minimized by varying its inductance.
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