Envelope tracking techniques for flicker mitigation and voltage regulation

Mostafa I. Marei, Ehab F. El-Saadany, Magdy M.A. Salama

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Envelope tracking has many important applications in electrical distribution systems for either flicker meters or flicker compensators. This paper presents a novel control technique for flicker mitigation. This technique is based on the instantaneous tracking of the measured voltage envelope. The ADAptive LINEar neuron (ADALINE) algorithm, and the Recursive Least Square (RLS) algorithm are introduced for the flicker envelope tracking. The ADALINE algorithm is characterized by a light computational demand, unlike that of existing techniques; the RLS algorithm outperforms the ADALINE algorithm by its fast convergence and robust tracking performance. Both the ADALINE and the RLS algorithms give accurate results even under rapid dynamic changes. The paper investigates the effects of different parameters on the performance of the ADALINE algorithm and that of the RLS algorithm. Extensive simulations of the proposed flicker tracking algorithms are conducted to evaluate their performance for the tracking and mitigation of voltage flicker. The ADALINE and the RLS algorithms are examined by tracking and mitigating the flicker produced by a resistance welder and an arc furnace in a simple distribution system simulated in the PSCAD/EMTDC package.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)1854-1861
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2004


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