Voltage controlled inverters in ac systems are susceptible to damage if the controller is not properly initialized before startup. Since currents are not controlled explicitly, the voltage reference of the controller must be closely aligned with the point of common coupling voltage to prevent large current transients when power delivery begins. In this paper, we are focused on a particular control strategy called virtual oscillator control and propose a pre-synchronization method that guarantees graceful addition of units into an existing ac system. The proposed method is generalized and can be used to add oscillator-controlled inverters to a stiff grid or an islanded microgrid with other inverters. An equivalent circuit model of the pre-synchronization control is derived along with its dynamical properties, design guidelines are given, and experimental results are shown for a 1.5kW inverter.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||ECCE 2020 - IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Oct 11 2020|
|Event||12th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2020 - Virtual, Detroit, United States|
Duration: Oct 11 2020 → Oct 15 2020
|Name||ECCE 2020 - IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition|
|Conference||12th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2020|
|Period||10/11/20 → 10/15/20|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Agreement Number EE0009025, the National Science Foundation through grant 1509277, and Washington Research Foundation.
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