DSTATCOM supported induction generator for improving power quality Wind Energy Projects



This paper presents an implementation of sliding mode controller (SMC) along with a proportional and integral (PI) controller for a DSTATCOM (Distribution STATic COMpensator) for improving current induced power quality issues and voltage regulation of three-phase self-excited induction generator (SEIG). The use of SMC for regulating the DC link voltage of DSTATCOM offers various advantages such as reduction in number of sensors for estimating reference currents and the stable DC link voltage during transient conditions. The use of PI controller for terminal voltage control gives the error free voltage regulation in steady state conditions. The voltage regulation feature of DSTATCOM offers the advantages of single point voltage operation at the generator terminals with the reactive power compensation which avoids the saturation in the generator. Other offered advantages are balanced generator currents under any loading condition, harmonic currents mitigation, stable DC link voltage and the reduced number of sensors. The SMC algorithm is successfully implemented on a DSTATCOM employed with a three-phase SEIG feeding single phase or three phase loads. The performance of the proposed control algorithm is found satisfactory for voltage regulation and mitigation of power quality problems like reactive power compensation, harmonics elimination, and load balancing under nonlinear/linear loads.



Fig. 1 Configuration of DSTATCOM supported induction generator

a Schematic diagram of induction generator supported by VSC-based DSTATCOM


b Control algorithm of DSTATCOM for estimation of reference currents using SMC

with PI controller


Fig. 2 Simulation results of DSTATCOM

a Performance of DSTATCOM under three-phase and single-phase non-linear load

b, c Harmonic content of load current ila and generator current


A DSTATCOM supported induction generator has been implemented with the SMC with PI control algorithm for mitigating the power quality problems and it has enhanced the active power capability of the generator. The SMC has been verified for the dynamics in the DC-link voltage and found robust and acceptably fast to avoid large variations in DC-link voltage. Moreover, from the experimental results it has been inferred that the sliding mode control with PI controller algorithm has been found capable of meeting various functionalities of DSTATCOM such as voltage regulation, source currents balancing, harmonics mitigation, and reactive power compensation.


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