Robust nonlinear controller design to improve the stability of a large scale photovoltaic system

  • Gazi Md. Saeedul Islam

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

Recently interest in photovoltaic (PV) power generation systems is increasing rapidly and the installation of large PV systems or large groups of PV systems that are interconnected with the utility grid is accelerating despite their high cost and low efficiency due to environmental issues and depletions of fossil fuels. Most of the photovoltaic (PV) applications are grid connected. Existing power systems may face the stability problems because of the high penetration of PV systems to the grid. Therefore, more stringent grid codes are being imposed by the energy regulatory bodies for grid integration of PV plants. Recent grid codes dictate that PV plants need to stay connected with the power grid during the network faults because of their increased power penetration level. This requires the system to have large disturbance rejection capability to protect the system and provide dynamic grid support. This thesis presents a new control method to enhance the steady-state and transient stabilities of a grid connected large scale photovoltaic (PV) system. A new control coordination scheme is also presented to reduce the power mismatch during the fault condition in order to limit the fault currents, which is one of the salient features of this study. The performance of the overall system is analyzed using laboratory standard power system simulation software PSCAD/EMTDC.
Date of AwardDec 2012
Original languageAmerican English
SupervisorS. M. Muyeen (Supervisor)

Keywords

  • Applied sciences
  • Large-scale photovoltaic system
  • Nonlinear controller design
  • Alternative Energy
  • Electrical engineering
  • Energy
  • 0363:Alternative Energy
  • 0791:Energy
  • 0544:Electrical engineering

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