Three-phase grid connected PV inverters using the proportional resonance controller

2016 IEEE


The development in grid connected three phase inverter has increased the importance of achieving low distortion and high quality current waveform. This paper describes a method of reducing current ripple in a three phase grid connected inverter utilizing Proportional Resonance (PR) controller. The effectiveness of the PR current controller is demonstrated by comparing its performance with that of the Proportional Integral (PI) controller. Simulation and experimental results show that Proportional Resonance (PR) controller achieves better reduction in total harmonic distortion (THD) in the current signal spectrum.



  1. Grid-connected inverter
  2. LCL filter
  3. PI controller
  4. PR controller.





block diagram

Fig.1. PI controller in synchronous reference scheme.

Fig. 2 PR controller in stationary reference control


Fig.3. The phase grid voltage

Fig.4. The phase current waveform using PI controller


Fig.5 The phase current waveform using Proportional resonance  controller

Fig.6. The FFT of the phase current waveform using PI controller

Fig.7. The FFT of the phase current waveform using Proportional Resonance controller



This paper has considered the impact of the current control scheme of a three-phase grid-connected inverter under normal and abnormal grid conditions using PI and PR controllers. In particular, this work has compared the performance of the industrially accepted PI controller, and the emerging PR controller which is popular in grid connected renewable energy applications. In keeping with the claims of other literature, simulation studies have confirmed that the PR controller shows better performance under normal operating conditions. There is no steady state error output, and the harmonic content of the current waveform is very low. Moreover, in this paper, the effect of grid voltage dips on the performance of the grid connected inverter was considered. Whilst the PI controller demonstrates very good performance, the Proportional Resonance controller offers superior output power regulation, and improved power quality performance. Overall, it suggests that the PR controller is better suited in the event of grid faults, or operation in weak grid environments.



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