Model predictive-based voltage regulation of an islanded distributed generation unit

Behrooz Bahrani, Alfred Rufer

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This paper presents a Discrete-time Model Predictivebased Control strategy for the voltage regulation of an islanded distributed generation (DG) unit. The DG unit includes a voltage source converter (VSC) interfaced to the grid through a switch and a coupling transformer. An RLC branch is also connected in parallel at the point of common coupling (PCC) at the DG-side of the switch. Assuming an open switch and an islanded mode of operation, the Discrete-time Model Predictive-based Controller (DMPC) is adopted to regulate the direct and quadrature (dq) components of the load voltages. The frequency of the load voltage is also regulated in an open loop. In this paper, the design procedure is detailed. Then adopting a laboratory scale setup, the performance of the proposed control strategy is experimentally evaluated. The test results verify the capability of the controller in regulating the load voltages in the nominal plant, and also in the presence of load parameters uncertainties and nonlinear loads.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition: Energy Conversion Innovation for a Clean Energy Future, ECCE 2011, Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationPhoenix, AZ, United States; 17-22 September 2011
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781457705410
ISBN (Print)9781457705427
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition 2011 - Phoenix, United States of America
Duration: 17 Sep 201122 Sep 2011
Conference number: 3rd


ConferenceIEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition 2011
Abbreviated titleECCE 2011
CountryUnited States of America


  • Discrete-time Model Predictive Control
  • Islanded Distributed Generation Unit
  • Voltage Regulation
  • Voltage Source Converters

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